The Lighting Design for Dance Project pairs professional choreographers with MFA students in Lighting Design from The Lir Academy, offering a series of structured supports.
The project caters for choreographers who wish to learn more about the lighting design process, as well as provide experimental time for experienced choreographers who wish to realise a specific idea in advance of a creative process.
Contemporary dance choreographer Liz Roche mentors the choreographers as part of the professional development process and lighting designer Sinead Wallace from The Lir Academy oversees the design students.
These supports include:
- Rehearsal space at Dance House to devise work
- Guidance and mentoring throughout the process
- Use of The Lir Academy theatre space
- Technical support and expertise throughout the process
- Stipend for participation
With mentoring by Liz Roche and Lighting Designer Sinead Wallace, this project caters for choreographers who wish to learn more about the lighting design process for theatre based and live broadcast choreographies. We encourage participation from choreographers who wish to use this opportunity to engage in exploring process, rather than developing new work.
"Lighting Design for Dance has given me a new consideration and fresh inspiration into work I create for theatre and stage. I have more confidence to ask for what I envision with work I create or am involved in and also more understanding and patience of what people I work with might be offering. I have gained more understanding of the great impact lighting can make on the audience’s experience of a performance. I have begun to know what individual lights do and how they work together to create different states. I have also begun to develop a taste as to what kind of lighting I like, and to look more at lighting choices when I go to see performances. This opened up a whole new world for me."
Liz Roche Company
The Lir Academy
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick
Jessie Thompson and Vivian Brodie-Hayes
Pedro Pacheco and Sophie Cassidy
Nick Nikolaou, Niamh O'Loughlin
Kevin Murphy, Michael Rathbun
Roisin Whelan, Sarah Fennell, Melissa Bori, Adrika Subhash, Wu Fei, Yumi Lee
Stephen Bourke, Israel Del Barco, Brian Mitchell, Roberto Ventruti
Justine Doswell, Mihaela Griveva, Matt Szczerek
Colin Doran, Blue Hanley, Matt Burke
Dagmara Jerzak, Justine Cooper and Lucia Kickham
Isreal Negrao, Johann Fitzpatrick, Danielle Donnally and Fenna Von Hirschheydt