1st Edition

Dance Production Design and Technology

By Jeromy Hopgood Copyright 2016
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Dance Production: Design and Technology introduces you to the skills you need to plan, design, and execute the technical aspects of a dance production. While it may not seem that staging a dance production is that different from a play or musical, in reality a dance performance offers up unique intricacies and challenges all its own, from scenery that accommodates choreography, to lighting design that sculpts the body, and costumes that complement movement. This unique book approaches the process of staging a dance production from a balanced perspective, making it an essential resource for dancers and designers alike.

    Covering a broad range of topics, author Jeromy Hopgood takes the reader through the process of producing dance from start to finish – including pre-production planning (collaboration, production process, personnel, performance spaces), design disciplines (lighting, sound, scenery, costumes, projections), stage management, and more. Bridging the gap between theatrical and dance design, the book includes a quick reference guide for theatrical and dance terminology, useful in giving dancers and designers a common working vocabulary that will ensure productive communication across the different fields.

    I. Acknowledgements


    II. Introduction


    PART 1: Thinking Ahead


    1. Collaboration

      1.1 Team Members and responsibilities

      1.2 The Choreographer

      1.3 The Production Process

      1.4 Collaborative Models – How we Work Together?

      1.5 Chapter Review

      1.6 The Choreographer’s Perspective: An Interview with Julia Gleich


    3. Pre-Production Planning

      2.1 Purpose

      2.2 Program Concerns

      2.3 Performance space concerns

      2.4 Production Calendar

      2.5 Production Budget

      2.6 Personnel

      2.7 Chapter Review

      2.8 The Production Manager’s Perspective: An Interview with Stacey-Jo Marine.


    5. Performance Spaces

      3.1 Proscenium Theatres

      3.2 Non-Proscenium Theatres

      3.3 Non-Traditional Spaces

      3.4 Chapter Review


      PART 2: Production Areas


    7. Lighting

      4.1 The Lighting Designer

      4.2 Functions of Dance Lighting (What Lighting can Accomplish)

      4.3 Properties of Dance Lighting (Controllable Qualities of Dance Lighting)

      4.4 Lighting Systems

      4.5 Lighting Positions and Angles

      4.6 Lighting Instruments

      4.7 Atmospherics

      4.8 Color in Lighting

      4.9 Chapter Review


    9. Creating the Lighting Design

      5.1 Working with the Choreographer

      5.2 Communicating the Design

      5.3 Hang and Focus

      5.4 Preparing for Technical Rehearsals

      5.5 Technical Rehearsals

      5.6 Chapter Review

      5.7 The Lighting Designer’s Perspective: An Interview with Seth Reiser


    11. Sound

      6.1 Thinking about Sound

      6.2 Sound Design for Dance

      6.3 Functions of Sound Design

      6.4 Properties of Sound Design

      6.5 Audio Equipment

      6.6 Sound systems

      6.7 Legal Concerns

      6.8 Chapter Review


    13. Creating the Sound Design

      7.1 Working with the Choreographer

      7.2 Communicating the Design

      7.3 Sound Editing & Composition Tools

      7.4 Preparing for Technical Rehearsals

      7.5 Chapter Review

      7.6 The Sound Designer’s Perspective: An Interview with Sam Crawford


    15. Scenery & Props

      8.1 Scenic Design

      8.2 Functions of Dance Scenery

      8.3 Scenic Elements

      8.4 Dance Props

      8.5 Chapter Review


    17. Creating the Scenic Design

      9.1 Working with the choreographer

      9.2 Communicating the Design

      9.3 Design Specifications

      9.4 Scenic Construction & Painting

      9.5 Props Design

      9.6 Chapter Review

      9.7 The Scenic Designer’s Perspective: An Interview with Campbell Baird



    19. Costumes, Hair, and Make-up

      10.1 The Costume Designer

      10.2 Functions of Dance Costume Design

      10.3 Properties of Dance Costume Design

      10.4 Dance Costume Components

      10.5 Hair and Wigs

      10.6 Makeup Considerations

      10.7 Chapter Review


    21. Creating the Costume Design

      11.1 Working with the Choreographer

      11.2 Communicating the design

      11.3 Executing the Design

      11.4 Preparing for Dress Rehearsals

      11.6 Chapter Review

      11.7 The Costume Designer’s Perspective: An Interview with Liz Prince



    23. Projections & Video

      12.1 The Projection Designer

      12.2 Assessing Projection Needs

      12.3 Functions of Dance Projection Design (What Projection Design can Accomplish)

      12.4 Projection systems

      12.5 Projection equipment

      12.6 Software Solutions

      12.6 A Word about Interactive Dance

      12.7 Chapter Review


    25. Creating the Projection Design

      13.1 Working with the Choreographer

      13.2 Communicating the Design

      13.3 Content

      13.4 Preparing for Technical Rehearsals

      13.5 Technical Rehearsals

      13.6 Chapter Review

      13.7 The Projection Designer’s Perspective: An Interview with João Beira


    27. Stage Management

      14.1 The Stage Manager

      14.2 Pre-production

      14.3 Rehearsals

      14.4 Technical Rehearsals

      14.5 During the Run

      14.6 Chapter Review

      14.7 The Stage Manager’s Perspective: An Interview with Julie Ballard


      PART 3: Quick Reference


    29. Dance Terminology

    31. Theatre Terminology


    Jeromy Hopgood is a tenured Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where he created the Entertainment Design & Technology program – one of the only of its kind in the country. In addition to his teaching, Jeromy has designed more than 100 plays, musicals, dance, and opera productions over the last decade. Jeromy worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in its Tony Award-winning season alongside numerous Broadway designers, and he is an Artistic Associate for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Jeromy is also the author of QLab 3 Show Control: Projects for Live Performances and Installations by Focal Press.