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iLuminate

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Original
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16 reviews
Members
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39 reviews
 

This eye-popping spectacle by iLuminate (of 'America's Got Talent' fame) returns to Off-Broadway. Go on an action-filled journey of light and sound with dancers who thrive to the beat of the city. 

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Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and romance conveyed by an array of dance styles and amazing light-up costumes. The moves range from contemporary to popping to breaking, all energetically choreographed to popular and classic music by artists such as James Brown and Chris Brown.

 

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Reviews (55)

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81
Avg Score

85
Times Square Chronicles

"'iLuminate' creates a magical theatrical experience that defies a theatrical genre. The story line is a battle between light and dark, creativity vs. chaos, filled with an overwhelming overabundance of talent. The plot line is rather inept, with a man trying to find himself through art…For a comic-book adventure come to life, 'iLuminate' is the show that will rock your world no matter what language you speak." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"Not to be missed if you intend to be uplifted and exhilarated to your core this holiday season. 'iLuminate' may be rather thin on plot convolutions, but the arc of development is lusciously steered by symbolism and metaphor...More is revealed than if we were watching the performers dancing in the familiar luminations of stage spotlights. The high kicks seem higher and faster; the balletic moves are more ravishing, the break-dancing spins are swifter and more perilous." Full Review

70
On Stage Blog

"The fluorescent outlines of the costumes leave no room for mistakes in the choreography, and the performers didn’t disappoint. Hip-hop, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance blend together seamlessly to catchy songs, a lot of which are pop music hits...It is a great visual concept but it needs to be attached to something more appropriate, or to get a strong narrative to go along. Sadly, the current production of 'iLuminate' hardly reaches beyond an entertaining concept showcase." Full Review

85
ZEALnyc

"You’ll be mesmerized by extraordinary special effects and exemplary choreographed dance moves in a constant frenzied pace...The narrative does not clearly emerge and dialogue is practically non-existent in the show; yet you still follow the story through interpretative dance. And that in itself is an experience – with waves of techno beats, classical music, Argentinean Tango and sultry R&B songs stimulating your senses. This mish-mosh of musical genres blend well." Full Review

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The New York Times

for a previous production "'iLuminate' is more spectacle than story, with technology its most dazzling star...When the lights on some suits are switched off, the action takes on other dimensions, and bodies that are carried appear to float and fly...At times like this, 'iLuminate' becomes more than a neon comic book, achieving a magic that’s as much a product of darkness as of light." Full Review

75
Time Out New York

for a previous production "With little dialogue and a loud, nonstop electronic soundtrack, 'iLuminate' isn’t about aural pleasures. It works best if you turn off your brain and open your eyes wide. The light-up suits and sets truly dazzle. And what the choreography lacks in originality, it makes up for in meticulous execution, as characters seem to fly, float and switch heads...Nuanced it’s not, but it certainly lights up your life." Full Review

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New York Theater

for a previous production "The combination of the technology and the choreography makes for a stunning spectacle of a show, if not an especially coherent one...It’s distinctly possible that none of the plot will be clear, since there is only a handful of spoken sentences, and it has to compete with the constant loud thumping music...'iLuminate' belongs roughly to the same genre as 'Blue Man Group' – suited for children, people who don’t speak English, and those who seek safe, legal and loud hallucinations." Full Review

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Theatre's Leiter Side

for a previous production "I doubt most of the audience was much aware of the specifics of the story, since the visuals are so inventive that you have all you can do just to marvel at them and wonder how they’re being created. Bodies fly apart and reunite, heads are removed, people and props fly through the air, characters appear and disappear in an eye blink, and you only rarely catch the slightest glimpse of performers moving other actors about when they themselves are momentarily unlit." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "'iLuminate' is a giddily modern animated movie given pulsating life...'iLuminate' throbs with movement, which is a good thing given how otherwise inclined it is to stay in one place. It attempts to tell a story...Trying to follow it can be tedious when no one involved ever convinces you that they think it matters...But even so it was an impressively conceived and executed way to transform ordinary dance into something you've never quite seen before." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "'iLuminate' successfully combines the old and the new into a witty entertainment that is imaginative and exciting…There really isn’t much of a story, just the ongoing struggles of an artist to create… An evil figure interferes and steals his tools in order to create ugly monsters. How our artist overcomes this, with the help of his friends, becomes an exciting urban journey full of dance and brilliant imagery…They all move beautifully and are more than just a cast, but a real company." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Perhaps the easiest way to describe what happens onstage would be to say that it’s like watching a live version of 'Tron'...But to reduce this show to such a simple description would be unfair, given that it is filled with a joyous energy that will make even the grumpiest person tap their feet along with their tunes...With its simple but positive message and its lively execution, this is a show that will send everyone on their way back home with a huge smile." Full Review

80
Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "A delight for both kids and adults, the clever and inventive entertainment 'iLuminate' brings to mind the image of dancing graffiti…The world that’s created is unique, fun and at times amazing…Except for the phenomenal lighting transitions, its individual elements, though strong, aren’t virtuosic. Keitt and Tignor’s music, although it serves its purpose, is mostly run-of-the-mill. Yet taken together these elements generate joy, and that’s not at all a small feat." Full Review

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The Reviews Hub

for a previous production "Beautifully using negative space and light to build the world, there is no traditional set…There is a lot of fun with lights throughout the show, often just for the sake of the trick…The story points are vague, and definitely the weakest component...The cast does a phenomenal job keeping the energy up…Expect a fun dance and lights show, good for kids and fun for adults...You’ll enjoy it more if you don’t pay full price, but it is definitely en entertaining way to spend an hour." Full Review

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The Dance Coach

for a previous production "Full of astounding visuals and artistic wit...The choreography may not be anything you haven’t seen before; it’s the way these artists meticulously incorporate the lighting to accent the movement and create such stunning stage pictures that make this work unique...The energetic nine-member troupe is full of expert dancers...Their unified razor-sharp work is worthy of the precision of the Radio City Rockettes…There’s something for all ages in this entertaining and colorful production." Full Review

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Front Row Center

for a previous production "This show is meant to be a fun art piece, rather a deep emotional journey. The characters and story are generic with a few surprises here and there...The manipulation of lights is its novelty...Since there is no dialogue or facial expressions, the dance sequences alone feel longer than they should. The surprising and delightful moments, however, bring us back into the piece. It’s fun to see colorful outlines of fantastical creatures painting the darkness." Full Review

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NJ Kids on the Go!

for a previous production "'iLuminate' is quite an ingenious production. The dancing, music and the lights create a story with no words – and the technological wonder of these magical light suits is pure entertainment…It truly is a spectacle and the dancers are remarkable...Truthfully, the show, with its blaring hip-hop music and dance, is probably best suited for older tweens and teens…Definitely an enjoyable hour, and worth it to see how the dancers navigate the black stage and transform themselves with the lights." Full Review

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Avg Score

70
Must see, Banal, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You remember them from the talent show

Don't see it if you afraid of darkness

87
Enchanting, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want an amazing dance show with special effects using lights.

Don't see it if you want a show with a deep plot.

80
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like to be entertained by a show that is outside the usual box. Music, lights and dance come together in a very unusual way. It pops!

Don't see it if being in a dark theater and stage makes you nervous. Or if you want more dramatics. It is fun, entertaining and eye catching nothing more.

81
Clever, Edgy, Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You saw them on Americas got talent and enjoy the technology, lights and dance, great for kids,fun

Don't see it if You are bothered by music,dark,lights,dance

65
Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Dated

See it if you enjoy watching teenagers hop around while wearing glow in the dark clothing. They are very enthusiastic.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play. Plot and characters are suggested but not realized. This is a dance performance and even the dance is unimpressive

80
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like dance and technology in an entertaining show that is suitable for the entire family

Don't see it if You want a substantive story

75
Original, Creative, Family-friendly, Entertaining, Loud

See it if you enjoy contemporary pop/r&b music and are looking for a spectacle - the dancing is good, but the lighting is the true star here.

Don't see it if you're looking for a strong narrative -- the wisp of a storyline here is very hokey.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great music, Great dancing, Unique

See it if You want a family friendly experience that is different. You want fun music, cool dancing, and truly neat technology with electric lights.

Don't see it if You want a clear story line with distinct dialogue. You don't want to be in an audience with kids. You don't like audience participation.

85
Clever, Edgy, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want an evening full of original, fun, dancing, media, music, neon lights, hip hop, R & B and more. A feast for the eyes and senses.

Don't see it if If you want a play or classic musical...way different than that.

100
Dizzying, Epic, Intense, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love a combination of Classic Hip-Hop Dance moves, along with a Science Fiction Storyline (without words) that's out of this world.

Don't see it if Bright flashing lights make you crazy. You don't want to spend 90 minutes in the dark (I'm not kidding), or you hate loud rap music.

84
Original, Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Technology meets artistry in this unique theatrical event! Astonishing spectacle achieved through computerized light and dance.

Don't see it if if a deep or compelling story is needed to keep you entertained. This is ALL about the visual and there is plenty to see!

67
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if you liked Blue Man Group, De La Guardia, sensationalism, great dancing, top 40 music, high energy.

Don't see it if you want a plot line, you are a little kid because it is dark and scary.

93
Original, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love dance, hip hop, loud music and talented enthusiastic dancers that glow in the dark. No real story here. I was energized by this.

Don't see it if You are looking for dialogue and a gripping story. This is all about dancers that glow in the dark and creative staging. Will see it again

70
Original, Entertaining

See it if you like dancing shows. This one is entertainment in the dark.

Don't see it if you don't like dancing and don't want to sit in the dark.

64
Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You like performance art.

Don't see it if Can't stand black light and flashing lights. I felt I was getting sick or nauseous after awhile. I had to leave after a half hour.

83
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Profound

See it if Great lights show... Loved the dancing and music....

Don't see it if Hate light shows, dark theatre, dancing, and music...

68
Original, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You have kids to entertain and enjoy talented, energetic dancers and fun light technology effects. I liked the balletic movements & tango.

Don't see it if You don't like a confusing uninteresting plot with pretty loud music and much of the dancing robotic and hip hop.

88
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Surprising

See it if you need to do something with kids, aged 5 - 16. Most importantly, you won't be bored, they will be delighted, and everyone will be happy!

Don't see it if You are 70 or older -- the music can be a bit much. But it is a visual delight, so take a chance if you're feeling lucky!

75
Original, Ambitious, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you're in the mood for cool technology, effects, visuals & dancing. It's fun and family friendly. Not much of a story.

Don't see it if you want serious theater, you don't like being in the dark (it is a glow in the dark show), you don't like dancing or tech effects

89
Ambitious, Delightful, Masterful, Entertaining, Family friendly, kids will love it,

See it if An enchanting, entertaining and highly talented performers in a fun, family-friendly show. I see why they won in America's Got Talent.

Don't see it if you dislike lights, dancing, circus-like performers, or any audience interaction.

76
Ambitious, Delightful, Edgy, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Love to watch dancing.

Don't see it if Don't like the dark!

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Intense, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You don't want to see a full blown musical or drama yet you want to be entertained. You like light shows. You like Michael Jackson.

Don't see it if You don't like Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot or loud rhymthic pounding music. You want a full blown musical or serious drama.

83
Delightful, Dizzying, Edgy, Entertaining, Loud music

See it if you think flashing lights,loud music&newer technologies used for entertainment is interesting.Lights are dizzying in darkness so sit in back

Don't see it if you can't handle flashing lights, loud music, no serious acting and no plot. Show can make you feel a bit dizzy! Sit further back!

80
Exciting, Clever, Riveting, Entertaining, Energizing

See it if you love dance numbers with clever, cutting edge technology. You love spectacle and don't mind a silly story. Great for kids

Don't see it if dance, loud pop music, or moving lights aren't your thing. Don't see it if special effects like strobe could trigger seizure

70
Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you've got the kids with you, and they're into light, sound, and dance

Don't see it if you're looking for a mind-blowing experience