About

Bring On The Lumière! is an evening-length multimedia dance-theater-light installation in which Auguste and Louis Lumière, the French founders of cinema, find themselves trapped inside their own films.  A collaboration between choreographer/director Catherine Galasso and lighting designer/ installation artist Elaine Buckholtz, the work premiered at ODC Theater in San Francisco in November 2011, followed by a New York premiere at Joyce SoHo in January 2012.  The brothers are played by the internationally acclaimed dance-artists Christine Bonansea and Marina Fukushima.  Bring On The Lumière! is  available for touring and provides opportunities for community outreach to diverse constituencies including film, dance and visual arts. On this website, you can view video excerpts, learn about the process,  and read responses to the work by audience and press.

Catherine Galasso’s motivation has been to find a unique mode of expression that extends beyond traditional boundaries between media. She combines the ephemeral qualities of performance with the illusive permanence of film and video in order to create cutting-edge and provocative narratives. Although her pieces differ greatly in theme and execution, they are for the most part based on modern myth and idiosyncratic stories that inspire and move her. In terms of content, the eclectic pieces that constitute Catherine’s body of work are united by an ongoing fascination with stories of human struggle.

Catherine created  Bring On The Lumière! while an Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco’s ODC Theater, a three-year engagement, by invitation of former ODC Theater Director Rob Bailis. Collaborating with distinguished lighting designer Elaine Buckholtz, acclaimed composer Michael Galasso,  and international dance artists Marina Fukushima (Japan) and Christine Bonansea (France), the commissioned work creates a unique and independent world, and a meditation on transience and immortality.

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Bring On The Lumière! was developed and realized with support from The San Francisco Foundation, a CA$H grant from Theatre Bay Area, a Lighting Artists in Dance Award from Dancers Group, the ODC Theater Artist-in-Residence Program through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, CHIME Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange, Headlands Center for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and individual donors in the United States and Europe.
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