This dance embraced the Japanese tradition of red leaf hunting, "momijigari" and view the leaves as they change colors. At beginning of the piece, the lighting provided a cool and crisp exterior look. The lighting will give a sense of freedom and letting go during the second section and utilized warmer colors. The warmth slowly evolved with the dancers and later included reds to show the climax and final moment of the leaf’s life.
The Arrows Quiver Choreographer | Kiara Kinghorn
This dance piece explores options a woman may have when encountering any situation in life: to be strong and push through, or to yield and surrender. To complement this, the lighting was bright and warm, yet had a ritualistic feeling to it. During moments where the group of females felt like surrendering, the quality of light softened and shifted to cooler colors.
Inherited Choreographer | Waeli Wang
This dance piece portrays the internal conflict one may endure with dual identities. In this case, the person on stage is experiencing the mental entanglement that occurs with having to identify with Asian and American cultures. The lighting created two contrasting worlds to convey each identity. The American part of the dancer had lighting that was stark and cold in order to create an oppressive feeling. As the piece shifted into the Asian identity of the dancer, the lighting became warm and created a nostalgic feeling.
Synapse-B Choreographer | Leanardo Glory Damasco
This dance piece explored the complex and intricate ways neurons communicate with each other. The use of positive and negative space portrayed the synapse cleft and explored how that space is used as a tool for connection. Lighting supported these ideas with sharp isolated lanes to establish the different gaps. The lighting integrated organic textures to portray the endless number of neurons within the mind and body. The overall color palette for this piece will incorporate variations of blue to evoke somber feelings a person may experience.
University of California, Irvine | Claire Trevor School of the Arts Art Director | Lisa Naugle Lighting Designer | Marissa A. Diaz Costume Designer | Ashton Montgomery Photos | Skye Schmidt