Contemporary Dance Lighting The Poetry and the Nitty-Gritty
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Contemporary Dance Lighting: The Poetry and the Nitty-Gritty dynamically guides students toward aesthetically, creatively, and skillfully becoming lighting designers for dance in the 21st century.
The book is organized in three parts, covering everything from the aesthetic considerations of lighting for dance to the tools and technology designers use to create compelling artistry. Part I, "Beginnings" establishes context, explaining the structure of the book and illuminating the history of contemporary dance and lighting. Part II, "The Poetry" elaborates on the key artistic and aesthetic elements of contemporary dance lighting: visual narrative; controllable functions and qualities of light; use of space, color, and time; importance and intricacies of collaboration; and continual effects and evolution of technology. Part III, "The Nitty-Gritty" steers students through the technical knowledge and skills necessary to design lighting, including understanding your tools and positioning instruments; creating layered light plots; organizing extensive paperwork; and archiving. The dance Artifice, choreographed by Jerry Pearson, is sequentially explored throughout the book to convey key concepts. "Further Reflections" conclude each chapter, written by a diverse group of renowned professionals, inviting young designers directly into the world of lighting design.
This textbook is for use in Lighting Design and Design for Dance Lighting courses at the university level, along with professional training programs.
Part 1: Beginnings 1. Book Design 2. History Lights Our Way. Further Reflections by Vickie J. Scott Part 2: The Poetry 3. Visual Narrative. Further Reflections by Mark Stanley 4. Controllable Qualities and Functions. Further Reflections by Richard Dunham 5. Space. Further Reflections by Japhy Weideman 6. Color. Further Reflections by James E. Streeter 7. Time. Further Reflections by Jennifer Tipton 8. Collaboration. Further Reflections by Nancy Colahan 9. Technology. Further Reflections by Dr. Thomas F. DeFrantz Part 3: The Nitty-Gritty 10. Your Tools. Further Reflections by Todd Proffitt 11. Your Light Plot and Paperwork. Further Reflections by Beverly Emmons Appendix 1. USITT Recommended Practices for Theatrical Lighting Design Graphics Appendix 2. Endless Questions for You as a Collaborator Appendix 3. Sweet Summer Suite: Original Notes, Light Plot, and Paperwork Appendix 4. Stage Managing for Dance: A Guide for UCSB Dance Concerts Appendix 5. Suggested Further Reading
"To many who make their lives on the stage, lighting remains a mystery. Talking about lighting is even more of a mystery. Contemporary Dance Lighting: The Poetry and the Nitty-Gritty reveals how lighting for dance is a masterful duet of visual storytelling between lighting designer and choreographer. It lays the foundation of common terminology and the basis for all communication between collaborators. The use of the first-person narrative invites the reader in and makes it much less intimidating to students new to lighting. From the step-by-step realized process between the designer and choreographer to the further reflections by professionals, this book will be an important addition to any lighting class, lighting designer or choreographers' library. The authors showcase the value of collaboration at the core of making art."
Jennifer Read, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, Los Angeles Valley College
"Far from your ordinary dry textbook, Contemporary Dance Lighting: The Poetry and the Nitty-Gritty is both personable and informative. A must-have resource for teachers and their students: future designers and choreographers, who are often the same person looking to illuminate the possibilities of the human form. The text allows you to shift between sections as your inspiration propels you."
Angelia Leung, Interim Chair, Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles
"Contemporary Dance Lighting: The Poetry and the Nitty-Gritty illuminates the under discussed world of lighting for dance. The authors, a designer and a choreographer, combine their talents to shine light on how a student can grow into lighting dance creatively, effectively, and—most importantly—vibrantly."
Ilana Morgan, Associate Professor, Department of Dance, Texas Woman's University
"Contemporary Dance Lighting: The Poetry and the Nitty-Gritty is a rare textbook in the arts that can interweave conceptual ideas with technical details. This very useful and interactive guide for students, designers, and choreographers, brings those two realms together in order to focus on the importance of collaboration and the necessity of connecting seeing with feeling – whether you are onstage or behind the lights."
Jen Groseth, Lighting and Sound Designer, Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville, KY, Collaborator, with Ann Cooper Albright, on Dancing with Light, https://www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/tracesoflight/
"Contemporary Dance Lighting: The Poetry and the Nitty-Gritty shakes up learning about lighting design with not only breadth and depth, but humor. The authors’ artistic passions shine through in the text, providing clarity toward the tools and processes of lighting design for dance."
Noah J. Files, Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Theatre, Northern State University
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