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Light, Vitality, and Dynamism: An Introduction Of Time And Movement Into Theatre Lighting

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Light, Vitality, and Dynamism: An Introduction Of Time And Movement Into Theatre Lighting

Bussières, Nancy (2018) Light, Vitality, and Dynamism: An Introduction Of Time And Movement Into Theatre Lighting. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

This thesis explores the dynamic possibilities of composing with light in the theatre as an autonomous medium. Through an archaeology of concept, it identifies the non-dynamic elements inherent to traditional theatre lighting such as the need for illumination, the linearity, the emphasis on spacial thinking over temporal thinking and the focus on visual images over in-depth experience. These elements shaped lighting practice as a predefined technical tool activating other mediums - culminating in a non-dynamic and rigid practice- instead of considering it as a performative and active element in itself. A comparison with Light Art, complemented with insight from psychology, unveils that time and movement are missing to the feeling of vitality triggered by a dynamic light. The thesis thus speculates on how to conceptually and technically reintroduce these fundamental elements of dynamism into stage lighting design, promoting a polyphonic and polyrhythmic temporal model over a linear and spacial one, as well as a performative approach over a predefined one. In this view, the creative process, the creation tools and the performance model are revised.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bussières, Nancy
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:March 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Salter, Christopher and Bhagwati, Sandeep and Howes, David
Keywords:light; lighting design; theatre; time; movement; Light Art; dynamism; temporal dynamism; vitality; lighting control;
ID Code:983654
Deposited By: Nancy Bussières
Deposited On:11 Jun 2018 01:34
Last Modified:11 Jun 2018 01:34
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