Set and Lighting Design
Our intention is to create an appropriate visual world in which
the live interaction of technology and dance can unfold and be powerfully
Unlike the strict linear progression of conventional dance or
theater, this event contains an element of interactive game. Believing
the central enjoyment of a
game is watching chaos contained by rules, we chose a visually tangible yet
abstract context in which play can occur with limited distraction.
Scenery and lighting
are conventionally meant to evoke a time, a place, and a mood. Here we want
it to act like a place, an installation. Theater suggests, art is.
We hope the environment
can do some of both.
Echoing the rigid confines of the motion capture 'box,' the lighting and scenery
are organized by simple parameters. Lighting is shaped by the set's volume,
picking the dancers out of a dark void or placing them on a plane of color.
is composed of a series of adjustable shapes and planes which in tandem can
produce a variety of static or moving apertures onto a glowing light field.
In this way,
the interaction of projected image and changing spatial dynamics will alter
the viewer’s understanding of dimensional space.
In Trisha Brown's How
Long- the organized complexity of the movement is read against a world of
simple static shapes. The projections sometimes echo these
shapes [or the shapes echo them] and create a solid depth, wavering on the
brink of dissolution. We seek to heighten the dynamic piece by creating a
of confinement that the movement and coupled projections burst.
In Bill T.
Jones’ 22, the structure of the piece has a more weighted quality.
The shapes expressed in Bill’s movement seem familiar somehow. I felt
it was important to contrast this with a looser, more fleeting environment.
planes of the glowing backdrop are revealed, their geometry transforming
dramatically as the event unfolds. The shapes produced coalesce briefly,
then gently transform.
In this way the viewer’s perception is constantly kept active. It is
my hope that this course of action will allow for a unique personal experience