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It’s a sign of the times that technology, which touches on so many aspects of contemporary life in America, would someday inspire a melding of art and music into a dance-in-the-dark sensation.

   
 

iLuminate will perform their unique brand of dance-in-the-drark drama at Macey Center on October 26.

 

The result is iLuminate, an action-filled journey of light and sound coming to New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in a Performing Arts Series (PAS) event.

Before the show, Tech Club Macey presents a Family Fun Night, with nitro ice cream, popcorn and cotton candy. The cost is $5 for adults and free to youth and NMT students, and goes from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Music, art and technology-infused magic in the hands of an ensemble of 20-somethings combine in heart-pounding musical tempos to bring to life an almost surreal feeling of living in a city of glowing colors.

This is no theatrical apparition with CGI effects – the glowing techno-magic all unfolds on stage as iLuminate conveys its story of adventure and romance through an enthusiastically choreographed parade of dance styles from contemporary to popping to breaking.

This show defies definition because of its ground-breaking use of a patented technology used by an array of musical artists as part of their concert performances,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. “It also reflects our efforts to broaden the scope of PAS offerings by introducing our audiences to cultural and entertainment diversity.”

All this, artfully choreographed to popular and classic music by artists such as Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, James Brown, Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, LMFAO, The Wanted and Sam Smith.

And the critics have noticed.

From the Times Square Chronicles: “For a comic book adventure come to life, iLuminate is the show that will rock your world no matter what language you speak.”

From The Broadway Blog: “This groundbreaking combination of storytelling, music and technology will be sure to get your heart racing!”

 
 

Miral Kotb, the mastermind behind iLuminate.

 

Miral Kotb is the director, producer, choreographer and playwright for iLuminate. A native of Houston, she pursued degrees in dance and computer science simultaneously at Barnard College and Columbia University, respectively.

After seven years working in software development, Kotb founded iLuminate in 2009, marrying technology and dance to create a mesmerizing light show.

The initial idea behind the technology is the ability to wirelessly control lights on dancers’ bodies from the palm of one’s hand. In the summer of 2011, “America’s Got Talent” chose the dance-in-the-dark sensation as one of the show’s top finalists. Since then, Kotb’s unprecedented technology, programming and artistic direction have launched iLuminate into a rarified entertainment atmosphere with an enthusiastic global audience.

Her patented technology has been used in performances by Grammy-winning artists, among them Christina Aguilera, the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown and David Guetta.

It also has been featured on a list of prime-time television shows. On “America’s Got Talent,” the onstage techno-magic performance took third place. Other hit shows include “Dancing with the Stars” and “X Factor,” award shows such as “The American Music Awards,” “MTV’s Video Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Billboard” and “Latin Billboard Awards.”

Following suit was a number of daytime television shows, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Good Morning America” and “The Queen Latifah Show.”

“Miral Kotb is an incredibly talented and successful multi-faceted artist, and I cannot say enough about the iLuminate performance,” Kalish said. “This is one show you won’t want to miss.”

Sponsors for the performance are New Mexico Tech Graduate Student Association, First State Bank of Socorro, Socorro Springs, IRIS-PASSCAL, Orbital ATK, and Comfort Inn.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for youths. New Mexico Tech students will be admitted free with their student ID at the door, or can pick up one ticket each at the New Mexico Tech Bookstore or at the door.

Tickets also can be purchased online or at the following locations: PAS office, New Mexico Tech Cashier (Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia’s Kitchen, and El Sombrero.

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