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Lighting for different artists
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:48 am ]
Post subject:  Lighting for different artists

Tom Skelton Posted: 25 Nov 2005

Ansanelli is a terrifically exciting dancer and will be sorely missed in New York; however, the RB's lighting designers would be well-advised to give her very big pools of light.

This sentence in another topic got me thinking: does the lighting change for different soloists in the same production as implied above or is it one size fits all, as I had previously assumed?

Over to our backstage experts.

Author:  salzberg [ Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:38 am ]
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I've never lit the same production two different ways. I'm not even sure I could, really; when I light a piece, I have a clear vision of it. Once it's been signed off on by the choreographer and/or artistic director, it's the dancers' responsibility to hit their light (on the other hand, if their movement is such as to make pinpoint accuracy difficult or impossible, it's my responsibility to give them a light that's big enough to hit. It's a collaborative art form). I'm not sure that I could have two equally clear, contradictory visons of the same piece.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:41 am ]
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How about taking account of the size of the dancers. For instance, guys who are so tall and jump so far that they are nearly off the stage, compared with the little guys who don't get far off the ground?

Do you have to take account of who is dancing when you design the lighting, Jeff or is it right for the lead couple and the rest have to fit in.

Given that the conductor adjusts to particular dancers, should the lighting designer as well?

Author:  salzberg [ Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:48 am ]
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I've never been faced with such a contrast, but my first inclination would be to create a design that would serve both (not that hard, actually; while the differences in height between the good jumper and the poor jumper might be astronomical subjectively, objectively, they're not so great) and in such a way that the height of the jumps is reinforced by the lighting.

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