Felt Dramaturgies of Light

Shearing, D (2022) Felt Dramaturgies of Light. In: Contemporary Performance Lighting: Experience, Creativity and Meaning. Performance and Design . Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 46-63. ISBN 9781350195158 (In Press)


This chapter outlines how the felt experience of light can be used to craft an atmospheric reception of performance. It develops Juhani Pallasmaa “atmospheric sense” (Pallasmaa 2019, 130) by proposing two dramaturgical conceptions of ‘felt light’ in performance. The chapter outlines felt experience in performance and immersive events in which the audience is central to its reception. The chapter examines the design, production, and audience experience of immersive performance ‘and it all comes down to this… (2012), a 45-min design-led experience without actors. Framed within the flow and construction of aesthetic experience, the author proposes this and that light as a model in which to consider the dramaturgical reception of light in performance. This light accounts for the generalised and often preconscious reception of light, where memories are forged through the fluxes and flows of a body commingling with performance material. That light foregrounds the intentional application and use of light that puncture or stand out from everyday experience.


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