Who needs stage lighting anyway?

In today’s rehearsal we focused on a series of scenes that relies heavily on the digital projections. These projections do a wonderful job of embellishing the choreography but also of establishing fast changes in location. Within seconds the audience is transported from the depths of a labyrinth to the heart of an island jungle.One thing we experimented with today was removing the stage lighting to leave us solely with the digital animations being projected on the set. The aim with this was to highlight the projections and put extraneous parts of the stage into darknessThis gave us more space and shadow to play with around the edges of the stage and emphasised the projections in all of its glory, in a colourful and crisp manner.

The only issue we are left with is that occasionally faces cannot be seen and, if anybody leaves the small space with projections, they are plunged into darkness and we lose snippets of choreography. As we often find when in a rehearsal process, the best solution is a compromise.


Words by Harry Kingscott, Theatre/Performance Intern

Harry trained in Drama at Exeter University and proceeded to spend two years making physical theatre in Devon, both freelance and as part of his own company, High Wall Theatre. He specialises in directing and performing theatre pieces created through movement. Harry is just about to start further training at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris and has joined us this week to observe the use of digital projections and watch the final stages of the Icarus rehearsal process.

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