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1st Edition

Dance Production
Design and Technology

ISBN 9781138795914
Published December 8, 2015 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

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

  3. Pre-Production Planning

  5. Performance Spaces

    PART 2: Production Areas


  7. Lighting

  9. Creating the Lighting Design

  11. Sound

  13. Creating the Sound Design

  15. Scenery & Props

  17. Creating the Scenic Design
  18. Costumes, Hair, and Make-up

  20. Creating the Costume Design

  22. Projections & Video

  24. Creating the Projection Design

  26. Stage Management

    PART 3: Quick Reference


  28. Dance Terminology

  30. Theatre Terminology

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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.