Garrett + Moulton Dance Presents THE LUMINOUS EDGE, 7/9-12

By popular demand, award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton will stage encore performances of The Luminous Edge, their highly successful evening-length dance theater work that premiered in September, 2014. Premiere performances sold out in 2014 and the work made multiple Bay Area critics' top-choice lists for the year, making it one of the choreographers' most popular and successful works to date. The deeply expressive and theatrical work explores themes of transcendence, hope and rebirth and features six Garrett + Moulton dance soloists and an 18-dancer "movement choir"-a theatrical form also used by Garrett and Moulton in their 2009 and 2011 productions, The Illustrated Book of Invisible Storiesand The Experience of Flight in Dreams. Performances ofThe Luminous Edge will be given Thursday-Saturday, July 9-11, at 8 PM and Sunday, July 12, at 3 PM, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, located at 701 Mission Street. For more information, visit See the preview video at .

The Luminous Edge examines pivotal moments in life when darkness turns to light and luminous sparks ignite renewal and rejuvenation. Unfolding as a journey through shadow and light, the work celebrates the cycle of life with its full spectrum of emotions and experiences. Featured prominently in the work is Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder(songs on the death of children)-a song cycle that explores the deepest forms of human loss. While using this work as a structural underpinning, The Luminous Edge maintains optimism at its core, challenging the expressive range of the performers and bringing the audience on a visceral journey.

In The Luminous Edge, Garrett and Moulton have expanded their dedication to live music by incorporating a musical ensemble of seven musicians and one vocalist. For the 2015 performances, the group will be led by musical director/composer Jonathan Russell-a longtime Garrett + Moulton collaborator who was nominated for an Izzie award for Outstanding Sound/Music Design for their 2011 production, The Experience of Flight in Dreams. Internationally renowned Bay Area contralto Karen Clark will sing Kindertotenlieder as well as additional material drawn from a variety of contemporary composers including Russell, Marc Mellits and Judd Greenstein.

Performers include Bay Area favorites Vivian Aragon, Carolina Czechowska, Dudley Flores, Michael Galloway, Tegan Schwab and Nol Simonse.

The creation and performance of The Luminous Edge was made possible through the support of Dance/USA and Dancers' Group New Stages for Dance II, Fleishhacker Foundation, W & F Hewlett Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Weston, Inc., and generous individual donors.

Tickets for The Luminous Edge are priced at $30-36 general admission; $25 YBCA members, students, teachers, and seniors.

Photo Courtesy of Garret + Moulton

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