An Interactive Workshop on Integrating Light and Movement: How Light and Movement Shape Space

By Anne L. Willingham and Kim Neal Nofsinger.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

How do lighting designers and choreographers create a shared vernacular that integrates the physicality of movement with the ephemeral nature of light? While both art forms are quantified by their use of time, space and energy, they could not be more different in nature. Dance is a physical form of nonverbal communication, while light is a visible manifestation of a specific wavelength of electromagnetic energy. It could be said that dance is art and light is science. And yet, it is not as simple as that. The reverse could be said as well. There is a science to dance and an art to light. This duality of nature is resolved through the communication of artists. The collaborative process of choreographer and designer must integrate the two dissimilar elements into a cohesive whole by using the common language of design. This workshop is applicable for professional and pre-professional spatial designers seeking to expand their concept of design to include the human body in both scale and in motion. How does light affect a body in motion? Concepts will be explored using examples developed in research and can be directly applied in pedagogical approaches.

Keywords: Lighting Design, Choreography, Light, Movement, Dance

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.1-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 7.039MB).

Anne L. Willingham

Educational Outreach Director, The Bradfield Company, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Anne L. Willingham received a Bachelor of Interior Design from the School of Architecture at Auburn University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama in theatrical set and lighting design. After interning at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ms. Willingham worked as a production designer for Bradfield Stage Lighting in Nashville, Tennessee. For 6 years she served as department lighting designer and Assistant Professor of Lighting at Middle Tennessee State University. Today Ms. Willingham is the Educational Outreach Director at The Bradfield Company and resident lighting designer for The Nashville Shake- speare Festival.

Kim Neal Nofsinger

Director of Dance, Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre, School of Liberal Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

Kim Neal Nofsinger is the Artistic Director of Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, which he founded in 2001. His choreography has been produced throughout the United States and abroad in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria. In 2003, his evening’s length work, “A Pure White Room,” was selected as the Critics’ Choice for Best Dance Production from a field of over 120 works at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and in 1999, his duet “Permission” was selected by the American Dance Guild as one of the outstanding works produced in the United States that year. Kiim Neal Nofsinger is beginning his second year as Director of Dance at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior teaching appointments include Ohio University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, State University of New York-Geneseo, Illinois State University, Winona State University, and Connecticut College. Nofsinger is the artistic director of the MTSU Dance Theatre. He is also a dance instructor at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts; MI. Nofsinger has an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University where he holds the distinction of being the first graduate student to receive a grant from the Institute for Arts and Technology.