University of Maryland
Dance Theatre

Choreography by C Macko
Lighting Design by Emily Pan

Photograph Credit: Jonathan Hsu

158Z was a piece of exploration and discovery on all parts. C, the choreographer , wanted to focus on the idea of research in our own art forms and the collaboration. She spent the process discovering the interaction of dance and live music performance. We then worked together to explore the connections and interaction between dance and lighting design. With this prompt, I spent my tech time apply the idea of color fringing to movement.

I was originally inspired by a problem I had been experiencing as a photographer; chromatic aberration.  Chromatic aberration in photography is when the lens fails draw all different wavelengths of the light to the exact same focal point. This tends to result (most often) in a purple fringe at the edge of objects in photographs. Color fringing stems from the understanding that white light is composed of RGB. Therefore, if we use three similar individual light fixtures, each producing 100% of red, green, or blue and pointed at the same space,  in theory a form of white light is produced. However, since the light travels from different angles (as it would in chromatic aberration), it results in the color “breaking”. The photos below include photographs of the actual piece as well as photos from my time experimenting with color fringing.

Process Photos