Fringe Review: Luminous


Presented by Art Kinetica
Reviewed 14 February 2014

There’s something fascinating about things that glow. Luminous is an other-worldly physical theatre piece created by renowned body artist Jessica Watson Miller. It is a unique and engrossing show that combines everything from burlesque to video games.

Matt Anderson, Chris Willshire, Jessica Bloom, Jonny Turley and Watson Miller herself perform seemingly magical feats on a completely black stage lit only with black lights. Utilising vibrant body paint, Watson Miller creates a psychedelic world in which the impossible is commonplace. Imagine if the aliens from Avatar and the characters from Tron followed Alice in to Wonderland, then you’ll get a picture of Luminous.

Each night’s costumes are completely unique (taking two hours to make!), meaning no viewings will be the same. Luminous is thus an evolving work of art that will surprise at every turn. The body art is, of course, the star of the show and at times it is easy to forget you are watching performers, not some wacky animation come to life.

While a majority of the acts, such as the juggling pins and acrobatics, were performed spectacularly, a few mistakes did creep in. Nevertheless, it’s still a very impressive show, especially considering the disorientating effects of the glow and the relatively confined space inside La Petite Grande. Not everyone can juggle five pins at once to the erratic tunes of dubstep!

Luminous is one of those shows that you just have to experience for yourself. No photo or explanation can possibly do this creative and entertaining show justice.

Reviewed by James Rudd

Venue: Gluttony – La Petite Grande, Murlawirrapurka/Rymill Park, Cnr East Tce and Rundle St
Season: 14 February – 2 March
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $20.00 – $25.00
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or phone 1300 621 255



About Author

James is a student at the University of Adelaide, a media worker, lover of all things literature and, let's be honest, a bit of a nerd. We hope his reviews make you fall in love with the Adelaide art-scene all over again!

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