Lighting Dance pioneers the discussion of the ability of lighting design to foreground shadow in dance performances.
Through a series of experiments integrating light, shadow and improvised dance movement, it highlights and analyses what it advances as an innovative expression of shadow in dance as an alternative to more conventional approaches to lighting design. Different art forms, such as painting, film, and dance pieces from Loie Fuller, the Russell Maliphant Company, Elevenplay, Pilobolus and the Tao Dance Theater served to inspire and contextualise the study. From lighting to psychology, from reviews to academic books, shadows are examined as a symbolic and manipulative entity. The book also presents the dance solo Sombreiro, which was created to echo the experiments with light, shadow and movement aligned to an interpretation of cultural shadow (Jung 1954 and Casement 2006).
The historical development of lighting within dance practices is also outlined, providing a valuable resource for lighting designers, dance practitioners, and theatre goers interested in the visuality of dance performances.
Introduction ; Chapter 1: Lighting dance; Lighting evolution; Chapter 2: Shadowing dance: Shadow evolution; Chapter 3: The behaviour of shadows in artforms Shadows that add characteristics to the caster; Chapter 4: Theories of shadows and their possible applications in dance practice Shadows in daily life; Chapter 5: Application of theories of shadows for the generation of dance improvisation Dancer, light and surface in the creation of shadows ; Chapter 6: Application of theories of shadows in the creation of a dance piece Cultural shadows; Afterword