Next Monday, the MeX Theater Initiative continues our series of Artist Conversations with a talk about Lighting Design with veteran designers Chuck Schmidt of the Kentucky Opera and Brian Lilienthal of Actors Theatre. This new intiative aims to bring establish artists into conversation with the local community and illuminate (see what I did there?) the collaborative artistic process that brings performance to the stage.
Steve Woodring will lead a conversation with our invited guests about the evolution of lighting design over the course of their careers, and the role of a lighting designer in the creative process that results in a piece of live performance.
To many, the art of lighting is mysterious. However, as Jean Rosenthal, a pioneer of lighting for the stage, writes in her classic text The Magic of Light:
"Light provides important shortcuts to comprehension. It can instantly establish time of day and cover lapses of time. And light may also uncover and elaborate undercurrents which there is no time to expose in words; or it can express what cannot be expressed in action or revealed by actors - the unspoken and the taken for granted. In the conflicts of the drama the final and most important role of lighting is to expose the nature of the struggle, to set the atmosphere for its development, and to underscore its resolution."
Join us Monday night to help us demystify their work as we talk about how lighting designers and directors describe the qualities of light, conveying the feeling and atmosphere of a scene through light, and where lighting fits in the production process as it reveals the actor and the stage during tech rehearsals.
How do you see light? Bring your questions, too, and join us as we find ways of describing the atmosphere of the worlds we create on stage.
Artist Conversation: Lighting Design
Monday October 17th, 7:30 PM in the MeX Theatre
Tickets are $8, $5 for students and available at the door or the Kentucky Center Box Office, (502) 584-7777.
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