iLuminate OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
July 18, 2013
Closing:
Open Ended

Theater: New World Stages / 340 West 50th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

Music, art, and the magical light suits of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles from hip-hop, breaking land locking to contemporary jazz using the power of light. Artist of Light" follows Jacob, a talented but insecure young artist, and his magical paintbrush. When a jealous bully steals the paintbrush and uses it for evil, Jacob must fight to save his town and friends.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF iLuminate

    Stars! Or So They Can Seem. ‘iLuminate,’ a Light Show With Actors, at New World Stages.

    Laurel Graeber

    February 25, 2014: Before a recent performance of iLuminate, I felt like a schoolgirl who’d stolen an advance copy of the final exam. Having seen the show’s first version six months ago and read its publicity material, I knew what was going to unfold. Despite the title, other audience members might have remained unenlightened. Plotline and characters’ motivations don’t always emerge clearly. Not that it matters: iLuminate is more spectacle than story, with technology its most dazzling star.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF iLuminate

    iLuminate: Theater review by Raven Snook

    Raven Snook

    January 30, 2014: If this eye-popping hour-long spectacle seems like an extended novelty act from America’s Got Talent, well, it kind of is. Creator Miral Kotb, a former software engineer, and her crew of glow-suited iLuminate dancers came in third place on the sixth season of that reality competition, which is a shame, since their high-tech show would probably play better in Las Vegas than Off Broadway. But while their storytelling skills are elusive, the incredibly agile performers have all the light moves, not to mention plenty of the F/X factor.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF iLuminate

    iLuminate Artists of Light

    Bethany Rickwald

    July 18, 2013: iLuminate Artists of Light is a fun, language-free theatrical experience well on its way to becoming one of the great New York multidisciplinary mega hits. Like its beloved cousins Blue Man Group and Stomp, Artists of Light engages its willing audience through pumping music, visual tricks, and impressive choreography. The effect is an experience that is engrossing and appealing to everyone, from kiddos to grandparents.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • STAGE AND CINEMA REVIEW OF iLuminate

    A DANCE OF LIGHT IN DARKNESS

    Dimitry Zvonkov

    January 28, 2014: A delight for both kids and adults, the clever and inventive entertainment iLuminate brings to mind the image of dancing graffiti. Wearing black body suits equipped with different colored neon lights, the performers move in darkness; all one sees are illuminations. Populated by fantastic creatures that dance, fly, fall to pieces and reassemble, the world that’s created is unique, fun and at times amazing.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • THEATER PIZZAZZ REVIEW OF iLuminate

    iLuminate: Combining old and new technologies to tell the sweet story of a struggling young artist in love.

    Joel Benjamin

    February 5, 2014: iLuminate successfully combines the old and the new into a witty entertainment that is imaginative and exciting. Black light (UV) and LED technology, hip-hop dancing, graffiti and song all sweetly tell the story of a young artist striving in his art and in love.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF iLuminate

    Stars! Or So They Can Seem. ‘iLuminate,’ a Light Show With Actors, at New World Stages.

    Laurel Graeber

    February 25, 2014: Before a recent performance of iLuminate, I felt like a schoolgirl who’d stolen an advance copy of the final exam. Having seen the show’s first version six months ago and read its publicity material, I knew what was going to unfold. Despite the title, other audience members might have remained unenlightened. Plotline and characters’ motivations don’t always emerge clearly. Not that it matters: iLuminate is more spectacle than story, with technology its most dazzling star.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF iLuminate

    iLuminate: Theater review by Raven Snook

    Raven Snook

    January 30, 2014: If this eye-popping hour-long spectacle seems like an extended novelty act from America’s Got Talent, well, it kind of is. Creator Miral Kotb, a former software engineer, and her crew of glow-suited iLuminate dancers came in third place on the sixth season of that reality competition, which is a shame, since their high-tech show would probably play better in Las Vegas than Off Broadway. But while their storytelling skills are elusive, the incredibly agile performers have all the light moves, not to mention plenty of the F/X factor.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF iLuminate

    iLuminate Artists of Light

    Bethany Rickwald

    July 18, 2013: iLuminate Artists of Light is a fun, language-free theatrical experience well on its way to becoming one of the great New York multidisciplinary mega hits. Like its beloved cousins Blue Man Group and Stomp, Artists of Light engages its willing audience through pumping music, visual tricks, and impressive choreography. The effect is an experience that is engrossing and appealing to everyone, from kiddos to grandparents.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • STAGE AND CINEMA REVIEW OF iLuminate

    A DANCE OF LIGHT IN DARKNESS

    Dimitry Zvonkov

    January 28, 2014: A delight for both kids and adults, the clever and inventive entertainment iLuminate brings to mind the image of dancing graffiti. Wearing black body suits equipped with different colored neon lights, the performers move in darkness; all one sees are illuminations. Populated by fantastic creatures that dance, fly, fall to pieces and reassemble, the world that’s created is unique, fun and at times amazing.

    READ THE REVIEW
  • THEATER PIZZAZZ REVIEW OF iLuminate

    iLuminate: Combining old and new technologies to tell the sweet story of a struggling young artist in love.

    Joel Benjamin

    February 5, 2014: iLuminate successfully combines the old and the new into a witty entertainment that is imaginative and exciting. Black light (UV) and LED technology, hip-hop dancing, graffiti and song all sweetly tell the story of a young artist striving in his art and in love.

    READ THE REVIEW

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