A couple of weeks ago, I took part in CMU’s annual DanceLight performances. Prior to loading in the black box venue, the more than ten lighting designers in our course collaborated to create a single plot for almost thirty very different dance pieces. In three hours.
It looked like this:
As a lighting newbie, I only designed one dance. Performed and choreographed by Joell Weil to Sara Bareilles’ acoustic cover of Chandelier, the piece was about a woman in conflict- struggling to throw off the gazes and expectations of others that are always present, even when she is alone:
The show was a wonderful experience, and has taught me how rewarding the work of lighting designers can be- and also how challenging it is talk about, conceive, and create theatrical light. * bows down *