‘Mythos:Pathos’ Somerville to now

On November 26, 2012, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Kara – Kara Fili in We are here now. – Photo by Jim Coleman

Somerville residents Rose Abramoff, Kara Fili, Mark Kranz, Amy Mastrangelo, and Julia E. Wagner are now busy preparing for Luminarium Dance Company’s closing performance of its highly successful second season with Mythos:Pathos at OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s second stage.

The production began in Somerville with a preview performance at the Center for Arts at the Armory, followed by a further-enhanced version of the production at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown thanks to grants from the Somerville Arts Council and the Watertown Cultural Council. Now, in just two weeks, the company will present the work in its fully-evolved state, showcasing the talents of Artistic Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman, along side the company’s nine performers, through choreography that merges light with movement.

Icarus Leap – Mark Kranz in Icarus. – Photo by Jim Coleman

Abramoff, Fili, Kranz, and Mastrangelo are prominently featured in Mythos:Pathos, which will come to OBERON on Thursday, November 29, for a one-night-only finale.  The work explores lesser known characters and under-examined storylines of Greek mythology from a contemporary viewpoint. The familiar myths are woven into a cohesive saga, while colored with the innovative choreography of Luminarium directors Guerra and Holman.  Mythos:Pathos also features nontraditional lighting design that manifests in many unique ways, from wearable to handheld lighting.

The concept of unique lighting is perhaps most relevant to Wagner. The Andromeda solo, which was choreographed and conceived by Guerra, was physically created through a collaboration with Wagner, a local visual artist, and first debuted at the ArtBeat Festival in Davis Square this summer.

This final production of the Mythos:Pathos project features a new film piece, in which Fili (the Contemporary Character) plays a unique role. The film was shot at the Belle Isle Salt Marsh in Boston, and promises to add a new dimension to the production. Also showcased in the production, Abramoff will bring life to the meaning of “hubris.” Mastrangelo will embody the figures of a Grecian urn, and Kranz will return to the stage as Icarus, having practiced real flight through a rehearsal held at an indoor skydiving center in New Hampshire during the summer.

The company invites the Somerville community to attend the performance, rediscover the myths first shown at the Armory in August, and enjoy new stories in Luminarium’s epic closing performance.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.americanrepertorytheater.org/oberon or by calling 617.547.8300. Must be 18+ to attend. OBERON Theater is located at 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA. Mythos:Pathos will be performed one night only on Thursday, November 29, at 8 p.m. Visit www.LuminariumDance.org for details.



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