CMU’s Lunar Gala Celebrates 20 Years in the Burgh
Since its inception, the student-run CMU collective has tapped into its campus’s immense creatives, cultivating an annual showcase to show off their skills.
On the cusp of each Chinese New Year, the organization brings together student designers, models, dancers, videographers, motion designers, technicians, and a creative production team to put on an immersive fashion show.
This year marks Lunar Gala’s 20th anniversary, honoring its evolution amongst the eminent pressures, tensions and constrictions faced in its two decades. Appropriately deemed “Strain,” the title is a symbolic ode to the years of adaptive growth organizers have undergone.
From student models, to designer collab teams producing their own fashion lines, to videographers, and a student PR team, there is surely no shortage of creativity among group members; and with each year, the thriving bunch continues to grow.
A promotional video and a revamp of the Lunar Gala website are just a few projects among several that the Creative Team has put together to prep for this season’s show. LG’s Creative Director and senior Communication Design major, Katherine Frazer, references planning the project’s variables and phases–from print to web, to motion and show production.
“We decide on visual aspects of the show by trying to figure out what is true to the theme, as well as the medium we are designing in,” Frazer stated on LG’s blog recently. “It’s not about creating one video that’s great–hopefully that’s a result–but also a collection of pieces that effectively go together to communicate our theme … It’s about creating a larger brand identity for the organization itself … a dynamic one each year for the new iteration of the show, and all of the components within [it].”
This year’s largest LG performance yet also promises a boost of entertainment in the form of live motion. N.J. native and Finance major, Michelle Cho, is also Lunar Gala’s dance choreographer and Entertainment Director. She’s created many of the live aspects involving motion for this year’s production, including a fully choreographed piece with other CMU dancers.
Cho shared her excitement to “take more risks with her choreography” among other things:
“Entertainment is becoming more integrated in the show in more ways than the usual main performance. I’m excited for people to see the different ways we interpret the theme; and as it is the 20th anniversary, I’m sure the show will be bigger than ever! My board has allowed me a lot of freedom to take risks, and I’m taking advantage of that head on.”
You can find additional commentary and Q&As with student performers, designers and organizers who’ve put forth their efforts through this extensive project on LG’s blog page.
Lunar Gala will take place on Saturday, February 13 in the Wiegand Gym at 7:30PM, with an afterparty to follow at Xtaza Nightclub in the Strip.
General Admission tickets are $20 and include a complimentary LG magazine, plus free admission to the afterparty; $30 Preferred Seating tickets include early entry, a copy of the magazine, seating in Rows 2-4, and free afterparty admission; and VIP tickets ($45) include first row seating, a VIP swag bag and all additional benefits included with Preferred/G.A. prices.