The 4th Annual Lights Dance Festival will be curated around the concept of Shadows & Songs to consider our humanity in the changing landscape of communication and technology. In the age of expedience and convenience, as we find it difficult to maintain a sense of self and dignity, we hide behind our computer and phone screens, our true emotions tucked away in compartmentalized crevices deep within. Although we are quick to swipe left or right, click ‘send’ or ‘order,’ we are slow to listen, slow to be mindful and be present. Instant gratification is prioritized; individuals, objectified. Lights Dance 2020 meditates on the ways we get close to each other just enough to still keep our true selves concealed, and how fear of rejection and disappointment is a haunting dance of silhouettes. Deep down, we all still crave genuine connection. We hope our selection of screen-dance and live performances will give all of us a moment to slow down and take a breath while challenging us to re-examine our lives clouded by control and busyness.

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