Presented by RCC
Reviewed 16 February 2020
The Luminarium has returned to the Adelaide Fringe for another season of a tranquil and awe-inspiring exploration of sight and sound.
The inflatable structure at the RCC is a series of connecting tunnels with light spilling in through coloured filters. It provides a dimly lit, moody journey backed by tranquil music piped through the tunnels.
From the moment one enters the Luminarium, the wow factor begins and it remains until you choose to retrace your steps and step back into reality. It’s a peaceful, happy place that returns you to the wonders of childhood when every corner held a new and magical moment.
The lightscapes change according to the time of day and the outside breeze moving the trees. Evening light is provided by external floodlights that set their own visual landscape inside.
With shoes off, participants explore, sit, ponder and even meditate in darkened or softly lit alcoves that keep punters out of the way of wandering bodies.
A large number of staff are stationed with the structure to guide lost souls to the exit, answer questions or guard emergency exits. They all seem to have soaked in the vibe sufficiently enough to be chilled, happy and helpful. It’s difficult not to feel the same after experiencing this feast for the soul. It’s stunning.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Venue: RCC, Barr Smith Lawns, The University of Adelaide, enter off Victoria Drive
Season: 15 February – 15 March 2020
Duration: 30-60 minutes