ilumiDance opens on a darkened stage with only a Black Light instrument illuminating the puppets and dancers so that viewers are immersed in an undersea world where creatures appear to float, swim and dance through the dark water. As the dance progresses, mysterious land animals appear, created through RDT’s signature partnering between two and sometimes three dancers who together form one fantastic creature. Their world of black and white is suddenly interrupted by a sorceress dressed in a gown and headdress of iridescently blue fiber-optic fabric which swirls around her as she dances. Following her lead, humanoids dressed in light suits of EL wire enter to dance vigorously through the space to high-voltage West African drum rhythms.
School shows titled iLumiDance Revealed offer a behinds-the-scenes view of how dance and technology are combined to create this contemporary dance allegory. Students interact with EL wire props and costumes as they help to create their “own” iLumiDance before watching an extended excerpt from the full iLumiDance show.