2016 Illuminance Festival


September 10, 2016


Altar by Naomi Duben

Illuminance – Centered in what was once part of the historic Japan Town area of Sacramento, this people powered festival seeks to bring people together to reflect on the shared histories of our community, to remember those who came before, and to celebrate the diversity and richness of culture that surrounds us today. A series of summer workshops culminates in an illuminated procession and finale performance featuring Sacramento Taiko Dan, Flam Chen Circus & Pyrotechnic Theatre, Sawako Ama, Michiyo Koga, and other local and regional artists enacting the story of Amaterasu.


With gratitude to –

Katharine Govea Saunders who helped with everything from workshops all the way up through to the end of the production, including the sacrifice of her firstborn, Charlotte (who volunteered for the Tech Crew,) and capturing the event with stunning photos;
Naomi Duben, the artist who created the West Altar;
Jack San, who helped with pre-production, manned the Info Booth all afternoon, and then helped with post-production;
Amy McGrotty, who volunteered to do just about everything that needed doing;
Keith Richardson, who helped to create altar spaces, helped to move the Odaiko, and served up copious painkillers and good times @ Kiki’s Tiki Village;
Sarah Anderson, who took care of all manner of things & got sh*t done;
Takeshi Shimizu who helped with artwork and moral support;
& Lorna M. Fong, who offered guidance, strategic planning assistance, and exceptional support of the project.