12 Weeks! + Fundraiser!

12 weeks until we premiere Illuminatio:Yo Soy at Velocity and we have been busy. In rehearsals, we have been resetting choreography for the Battle scene, the Sacrifice scene and the Impassioned Speech scene, all with the intention I mentioned before of balancing beauty with strife. Our composer, Andrei Stomma, has been busy creating original music for the Fear/ Evil scene. On the fundraising front, we are doing a painting party in January with drinks, snacks and marblizing. Stay tuned for the event link. Here are some images of marblized cards.

14 Weeks!

14 weeks out from March 11th, 2016 performance at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle. In rehearsals these past weeks, we have been learning a new, ethereal dance, which I decided to add to the ‘Illumination’ section based on feedback that heavily charged images used in this section made it difficult to watch. Seeing the truth in this criticism, I have resolved on adding more images that are beautiful, light and gentle in order to restore balance. We are grateful to TPS studios and to Studio Current for their extremely affordable rehearsal space.

The development of choreographic ideas has been helped along by the small group of artists that participated in The Field with me these past five weeks. We met weekly, shared our work and offered each other feedback.

As far as funds go, we have a couple donors who have been very generous and have covered what we needed for rehearsal space and the rental of the performance space at Velocity. The next funds we raise will go towards paying the artists. Consider donating to The Illuminatio Project tomorrow on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Donations to The Illuminatio Project through Shunpike, our fiscal sponsor, are tax deductible. A fundraiser is still in the works as well.

Donation Link

Please be in touch. I would love to hear from you. Especially if you feel excited about something we are doing and want to participate, please write me a note at Amanda@theilluminatioproject.com.

Amanda Goodwin
Artistic Director

Call for Volunteers

Four weeks away from our performance of ‘The Illumination’ at Bloedel Hall in St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral! Sep 4th and 5th. Beautiful flyer coming soon! AND Preview performance at the Sustainable West Seattle Picnic at the Community Orchard of West Seattle (http://fruitinwestseattle.org/)on August 20th. Picnic starts at 7, performance starts at 8. AND Call for volunteers: Hello there. Can you help out at our performances on September 4th and 5th? We need people to help greet, set up, take donations, and helping to make the ‘theatre magic.’ Performances are Friday night at 7pm and Sat. afternoon at 1pm. Volunteers need to be there an hour before. Email Amanda at Amanda.H.Goodwin@gmail.com

Quedan cuatro semanas para nuestra actuación de ´La Illuminación´en Bloedel Hall de la Catedral Episcopal de St. Mark’s el 4 y 5 de Septiembre! Pronto presentaremos nuestro anuncio con una bonita imagen. Y El 20 de Agosto en el picnic anual de Sustainable West Seattle en el Community Orchard of West Seattle (http://fruitinwestseattle.org/) Está al fondo de la entrada norteña del South Seattle Community College), tendremos una actuación de pasajes escogidos. El picnic empieza a las 7pm, la actuación a las 8. Y Necesitamos voluntarios. Hola. Quieres ayudar con nuestras actuaciones el día 4 y 5 de Septiembre? Necesitamos ayuda con la preparación, donaciones y con hacer la ´magia teatral.´Las actuaciones son el viernes por la noche a las 7pm y el sábado a la 1pm de la tarde. Los voluntarios necesitan estar una hora antes de la actuación. Contactar Amanda a Amanda.H.Goodwin@gmail.com


Antonio Delgado wrote Illuminatio:Yo Soy in 2004 with his acting company, Caja Negra. He is a key collaborator in this project to produce Illuminatio in Seattle. Meanwhile, he continues to produce theater in Spain, on a small scale according to the means available. He has re-formed Caja Negra in Andújar and has been performing a series of ‘microteatros’, which are condensed theatre performances, gaining popularity now in Spain, for their affordability and accessibility. Here are some examples of his recent work:

Line-up of Collaborators Contributing to Illuminatio:Creation this Weekend

I am pleased to announce the collaborators who have contributed to this weekend’s performance of Illuminatio:Creation. It is a wonder to me how Antonio’s vision has inspired so many to pour their creativity into making this show, starting with myself. The process began so slowly and simply with four of us in the studio listening to our heartbeats and many conversations online with Antonio. Slowly building up the website with Jon.

However, it seems like the project’s power of attraction has multiplied as it has solidified more and more into a definitive shape. And now, we are blessed with the creative contributions of lighting designer, Francesca Carroll, composers Andrei Stomma and Stella Scott, fight choreographer Pam Cooper, lighting consultant Alex Belden, videographer Laura James and five new cast members – Daniel Arteaga, Eileen Van Bronkhorst, Simon Grant, Rosemary Carroll and Constanze Villines.

Michelle Froehlich and Michele McCauley, along with Stella Scott, have been part of The Illuminatio Project since 2013, and all three appeared in Illuminatio:Slavery of the System in 2013. Joining us for this performance of Illuminatio:Creation, we welcome Daniel Arteaga in the role of The Human. (insert bio) We also welcome Eileen Van Bronkhorst in her acting debut as Reason. (insert bio) We are very fortunate to have Simon Grant in our cast as The Son. (insert bio) And we welcome Constanze Villines and Rosemary Carroll, who are joining the Chorus. They both jumped in so enthusiastically to the dance, it is as if they were always part of it. (insert 2 bios here) I stand in gratitude and wonder to be a part of the creative energy that is this show. That is what I hope to share with you, if you will come.