Light: Readings in Theatre Practice

Light: Readings in Theatre Practice

By: Scott Palmer (author)Hardback

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How has light influenced the staging of theatre throughout history? What does light contribute to performance? How does it make meaning? This collection explores the creative potential of light in the theatre. Through a wide range of extracts from historical accounts, new research and rare documents, some presented for the first time in English, Scott Palmer provides new ways of thinking about lighting as a creative performance practice. Focusing on elements such as: * the emergence of lighting design in the theatre * equipment and techniques * the dramaturgy of light * its impact on actor, audience and playhouse * the semiotics and phenomenology of light in performance, the book reveals why light has such a profound effect on the audience's experience of a theatrical event.

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About Author

SCOTT PALMER is a Lecturer in Scenography and Deputy Head of the School of Performance & Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds, UK. His research interests focus on scenography, lighting design and the interaction between technology and performance. This has included experimental work with projected light and the creation of immersive performance experiences. His recent research practice includes the AHRC-funded project Projecting Performance and Emergent Objects - part of the AHRC/EPSRC funded Designing for the 21st Century initiative. He is an executive member of the Association of Lighting Designers.


Introduction - Light and Performance The Evolution of Lighting Design Light as Spectacle Light, the Playhouse and the Scene Light and the Audience Light and Space The Dramaturgy of Light Light and the Body Light as Material Gas and Electricity - New Tools and Techniques Techniques and Tools The Lighting Operator The Lighting Designer Conclusion A Lighting Chronology Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/08/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780230551893
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 318
  • ID: 9780230551893
  • weight: 625
  • ISBN10: 0230551890

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