at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moments comes the light
— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Illume (originally Better an ignis fattus/than no illume at all) is a collective build of the energies of the dancers involved. It is an in depth exploration of transformation through form, with the overarching theme of the yogic perspective of tapas: the heat or resistance required for transformation. While exploring the esoteric anatomy of the chakras in the context of ritual, the dancers and I created a process of choreography that elicited an experience of embracing the unknown, ultimately lending to a transformative experience.

Original Cast: Sara Parker (Originally Eliza Tappan), Natalie Border (Originally Maddie Anderson), Sarah Stott, and Caroline Eskew.TedXPCC Cast:

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TedXPCC Cast:

Sara Parker, Rachel Slater, Mahina Moon, and Elizabeth Bressler.


November 2014: Ladies Literary Club, Salt Lake City, UT.

April 2018: TedXPCC, Portland, OR.