I love my career in the performing arts. I especially love being involved with dance, dancers, choreographers, and artists working with dance — the musicians, composers, designers, and other artists. For me, dance is this perfect triangulation of visual art, sculpture, and music, yet is its own form. As a lighting designer, dance always makes me rethink what I mean by lighting design. As a production manager, I help choreographers realize their vision, even finding echoes of my own voice in their creations as we collaborate.
There are many sources and textbooks available to study the practical matters of lighting, what lights do what and the technologies available today. Here I will focus on the artistic intent behind the choices one will make when considering how a designer wants the stage, dancers, and the dance to be seen.
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