‘Light is the eyes of the audience, and each performance requires its own, unique way of seeing.’
With a background as a performer in Australia, I came to light design via het Veem Theater, a production house for contemporary Dutch mime. Within this genre, there was a lot of space for me to develop a style of light design that took as its starting point the dramaturgy of a piece and not just the visibility of the performers.
Working with the image-based, location theatre group Dogtroep was another huge influence on my work. This period broadened my vision as to what it means to work with lights in a collaborative, creative process; creating light objects and images, and working with actors to create characters and storylines developed through their interaction with light. This interactivity, creating a physical as well as dramaturgical relationship between the performers and light, remains an important part of my work.
I recently decided to further develop my artistic process through undertaking a MFA Scenography at the Frank Mohr Institute. This experience refreshed my vision as a designer, enabling me to fully explore the underlying principals of design and dramatugy, and develop my ability to work artistically and conceptually with light. I undertook research which focused on the non-visual effects of light, the way light shapes our perception, and the psychological and physiological effects light can have on the mind and body. This is having a profound effect on my work, adding new depth to my designs. I continue to learn about, question and be inspired by light and find ways to delve further into my own fascinations with it.
I try to create light that is necessary; engaging in a process where through the discovery and development of a piece, I discover the form of the lights. I search for clarity of function; what is it that the light needs to do in this performance? To illuminate the journey of a piece, as opposed to illustrate it; to give light a formative role in the performance, rather than just a decorative one. For me the process of making a light design is as important as, and greatly influences, the resulting design. I aim to use light to create an environment in which the development of the concept and direction of a piece occurs hand in hand with the development of the stage and lighting concept, each element inspiring the other and working together to produce an integrated whole.