Dance Production: Design and Technology introduces you to the skills you need to plan, design, and execute the technical aspects of a dance production. While it may not seem that staging a dance production is that different from a play or musical, in reality a dance performance offers up unique intricacies and challenges all its own, from scenery that accommodates choreography, to lighting design that sculpts the body, and costumes that complement movement. This unique book approaches the process of staging a dance production from a balanced perspective, making it an essential resource for dancers and designers alike.
Covering a broad range of topics, author Jeromy Hopgood takes the reader through the process of producing dance from start to finish - including pre-production planning (collaboration, production process, personnel, performance spaces), design disciplines (lighting, sound, scenery, costumes, projections), stage management, and more. Bridging the gap between theatrical and dance design, the book includes a quick reference guide for theatrical and dance terminology, useful in giving dancers and designers a common working vocabulary that will ensure productive communication across the different fields.
Jeromy Hopgood is a tenured Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where he created the Entertainment Design & Technology program - one of the only of its kind in the country. In addition to his teaching, Jeromy has designed more than 100 plays, musicals, dance, and opera productions over the last decade. Jeromy worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in its Tony Award-winning season alongside numerous Broadway designers, and he is an Artistic Associate for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Jeromy is also the author of QLab 3 Show Control: Projects for Live Performances and Installations by Focal Press.
I. Acknowledgements II. Introduction PART 1: Thinking Ahead Collaboration 1.1 Team Members and responsibilities 1.2 The Choreographer 1.3 The Production Process 1.4 Collaborative Models - How we Work Together? 1.5 Chapter Review 1.6 The Choreographer's Perspective: An Interview with Julia Gleich Pre-Production Planning 2.1 Purpose 2.2 Program Concerns 2.3 Performance space concerns 2.4 Production Calendar 2.5 Production Budget 2.6 Personnel 2.7 Chapter Review 2.8 The Production Manager's Perspective: An Interview with Stacey-Jo Marine. Performance Spaces 3.1 Proscenium Theatres 3.2 Non-Proscenium Theatres 3.3 Non-Traditional Spaces 3.4 Chapter Review PART 2: Production Areas Lighting 4.1 The Lighting Designer 4.2 Functions of Dance Lighting (What Lighting can Accomplish) 4.3 Properties of Dance Lighting (Controllable Qualities of Dance Lighting) 4.4 Lighting Systems 4.5 Lighting Positions and Angles 4.6 Lighting Instruments 4.7 Atmospherics 4.8 Color in Lighting 4.9 Chapter Review Creating the Lighting Design 5.1 Working with the Choreographer 5.2 Communicating the Design 5.3 Hang and Focus 5.4 Preparing for Technical Rehearsals 5.5 Technical Rehearsals 5.6 Chapter Review 5.7 The Lighting Designer's Perspective: An Interview with Seth Reiser Sound 6.1 Thinking about Sound 6.2 Sound Design for Dance 6.3 Functions of Sound Design 6.4 Properties of Sound Design 6.5 Audio Equipment 6.6 Sound systems 6.7 Legal Concerns 6.8 Chapter Review Creating the Sound Design 7.1 Working with the Choreographer 7.2 Communicating the Design 7.3 Sound Editing & Composition Tools 7.4 Preparing for Technical Rehearsals 7.5 Chapter Review 7.6 The Sound Designer's Perspective: An Interview with Sam Crawford Scenery & Props 8.1 Scenic Design 8.2 Functions of Dance Scenery 8.3 Scenic Elements 8.4 Dance Props 8.5 Chapter Review Creating the Scenic Design 9.1 Working with the choreographer 9.2 Communicating the Design 9.3 Design Specifications 9.4 Scenic Construction & Painting 9.5 Props Design 9.6 Chapter Review 9.7 The Scenic Designer's Perspective: An Interview with Campbell Baird Costumes, Hair, and Make-up 10.1 The Costume Designer 10.2 Functions of Dance Costume Design 10.3 Properties of Dance Costume Design 10.4 Dance Costume Components 10.5 Hair and Wigs 10.6 Makeup Considerations 10.7 Chapter Review Creating the Costume Design 11.1 Working with the Choreographer 11.2 Communicating the design 11.3 Executing the Design 11.4 Preparing for Dress Rehearsals 11.6 Chapter Review 11.7 The Costume Designer's Perspective: An Interview with Liz Prince Projections & Video 12.1 The Projection Designer 12.2 Assessing Projection Needs 12.3 Functions of Dance Projection Design (What Projection Design can Accomplish) 12.4 Projection systems 12.5 Projection equipment 12.6 Software Solutions 12.6 A Word about Interactive Dance 12.7 Chapter Review Creating the Projection Design 13.1 Working with the Choreographer 13.2 Communicating the Design 13.3 Content 13.4 Preparing for Technical Rehearsals 13.5 Technical Rehearsals 13.6 Chapter Review 13.7 The Projection Designer's Perspective: An Interview with Joao Beira Stage Management 14.1 The Stage Manager 14.2 Pre-production 14.3 Rehearsals 14.4 Technical Rehearsals 14.5 During the Run 14.6 Chapter Review 14.7 The Stage Manager's Perspective: An Interview with Julie Ballard PART 3: Quick Reference Dance Terminology Theatre Terminology