A Greater Boston native, I'm a professional dancer and award-winning interdisciplinary artist with talents in choreography, filmmaking, art, and graphic design. I'm co-founder and artistic director of Luminarium Dance Company (Boston, MA), art director of Art New England magazine, senior contributor for The Arts Fuse, and am the Boston area dance critic for the international Fjord Review. I recently completed a one-year term as co-chair of the Arlington Cultural Council, and am regularly hired as an arts advocate to speak at events ranging from legislative assemblies at the State House to entrepreneurial panels for students at Mount Holyoke College. This blog serves as a behind-the-scenes peek into the life and journal of an interdisciplinary artist. Learn more at merliguerra.com or luminariumdance.org, and thank you for reading my thoughts on setting the visual and performing arts into motion.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The warmest northern town...

This summer I, and the ladies of Luminarium Dance, have been fortunate to perform every other week for nearly the entire summer season, darting around from Boston to Cambridge, Somerville to Arlington, and most recently Massachusetts to Maine.

Rose and Merli barely survive their Maine moose attack.
Photo: K. Holman

Oh glorious Maine... How long we anticipated this trip!

The casual shopper.
Photo: Merli V. Guerra

Jess, Rose, Amy, Melenie, and Kim strolling Wiscasset Village.
Photo: Merli V. Guerra

There are times when the simplest of Luminarium performances become the most meaningful and most heartfelt. Wandering the streets of Wiscasset, ME, a few hours prior (and a few passing-vehicle catcalls aside) we found ourselves in a town village on the water surrounded by art galleries, small boutiques, cozy cafes, and most importantly enthusiastic locals!

"Luminarium Gives Wiscasset Art Walk Added Dimension"
Wiscasset Newspaper

Never have I traveled to perform and felt so instantly well-received. The warmth of this town, its residents, visitors, shop owners, and artists took this monthly artwalk to a whole new level. Truly, the Wiscasset Art Walk is a destination for locals and travelers alike, with beautiful works ranging from classic to contemporary lining the walls of the dozen-or-so galleries, while balloons bob in the ocean breeze to mark one's path. As performers, we scattered ourselves along the street, performing in window fronts and cafes, sidewalks and piers. From the artwork shown to the music played, it was easy to find new inspiration in each venue...and wine.

"Luminarium in Maine, 2014"

And as the evening came to a close, it felt especially appropriate to enjoy the biggest response in the smallest space. Two pairs of musicians who had never before played together carried the tune as Luminarium slinked its way along the narrow corridor of Mac's Place. Exhausted, elated, we joined our supporters at a local restaurant for a late dinner, jogged up the hill to our beautiful vintage abode, and marveled at the clarity of the Milky Way--A sight seldom seen back home in Boston.

Thank you, Wiscasset Art Walk, for bringing us to your state, your town, your local waterfront. What a fantastic 2014 Tour for this Boston company.