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Dance Production

Design and Technology

By Jeromy Hopgood

© 2016 – Focal Press

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

I. Acknowledgements

 

II. Introduction

 

PART 1: Thinking Ahead

 

  1. Collaboration
  2.  

    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
  4.  

    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
  6.  

    3.1 Proscenium Theatres

    3.2 Non-Proscenium Theatres

    3.3 Non-Traditional Spaces

    3.4 Chapter Review

     

    PART 2: Production Areas

     

  7. Lighting
  8.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  12.  

    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
  14.  

    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
  16.  

    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
  18.  

    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
  20.  

    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
  22.  

    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
  24.  

    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
  26.  

    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
  28.  

    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
  30.  

  31. Theatre Terminology

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER003000
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production