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LUMA lights up Folsom stage

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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Three Stages will bring light to the darkened theater this weekend when the touring act LUMA comes to Folsom. Marlin, the creator and artistic director of LUMA, first started exploring the nature of light in 1986. Today he has turned it into what many call a masterpiece. LUMA is described to use the dark as a canvas and light as the brush. With more than 15 years of technical research and development behind it, LUMA has found a new genre of performance art by combining rhythmic gymnastics, juggling, magic, puppetry, physics, dance and experimental methods with hi-tech self-illuminated objects. “In three words, I would describe the show as innovative, mysterious and fun,” Marlin said. LUMA is a show of unseen performers producing a swirling tapestry of light that is constantly in motion while depicting the light we see in our lives. Fireflies, shooting stars, carnival rides, digital fireworks, computer screen savers, the Northern Lights, EKG monitors, and the body electric are but a sampling of the lights humanity experiences and that LUMA brings to life on a darkened stage. In the early 1980s, Marlin worked in Las Vegas doing his comedy juggling act and took a magician friend of his, Jeff McBride, on a camping trip into the Arizona desert. That night the spectacle of the Milky Way unfolded to Jeff, who had never seen it growing up in New York City. Marlin said he witnessed the impact of the stars on his friend and in a moment of play picked up a burning branch from the fire pit and brandished it about creating a storm of sparks that rose to meet the night sky. Soon after, Marlin decided to further explore light through classes, and LUMA was created. He said over the years, LUMA has evolved through light and movement. This year, he said voiceover will be added to the show. “The words are part of setting up the pieces and exploring people’s fear of the dark and why they seek the light,” Marlin said. According to organizers, LUMA can be seen by the blind. “If you know anyone who is blind, I suggest they bring them,” Marlin said. “Blind people can see it. It’s one of the interesting anomalies of this show.” LUMA is performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets range from $21-$34, with premium tickets available for $39. For more information and tickets, call (916) 608-6888 or visit threestages.net. * * * LUMA When: 2 p.m., Sunday Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Tickets: $21-$34, $39 for premium Information: (916) 608-6888, threestages.net