Choreographer: Kerry Ring 
 Set Design: Nicholas J. Taboni 
Lighting Design and Assistant Set Design: Isabella Fortunato 
Projection Design: Timothy “TJ” Wildow 

Parts of choreography being played back asynchronously during piece

Using the set as a blank canvas to project lighting "hexagons" in sync with the music

Design Statment
Design Statement: The intent of this dance piece was to contrast industrial and organic themes through the busyness of life and non-literally imagery. The projection design adds to this idea by providing additional texture and visual flair to support those themes. Looking at the organic section of the piece, the projection provides a smooth and flowing texture reminiscing of fireflies to add texture. In the second and industrial section, there is a repeated imagery of the dancers to add more “workers to the hive” / “busy bees”. In the last section, there is use of the set as a blank canvas to supplement the rhythmic quality of the music. Overall, these design aspects are to support the exploratory theme while providing subtle detail and texture. 

Projection Inspiration Collage

Adobe Premier Pro "Visualizer"​​​​​​​

Production Video (Left), Adobe Premier Pro "visualizer" (Right)

The projection content for this piece was created using Adobe Premier Pro and featured projection lighting outlined by the set that was synchronous to the beat of the music. To accomplish this, TJ took an image of the theatre under stage lighting in front of the projection lens and put that image into Premier. Then he was able to draw shapes and colors over the set controlling their fade, duration, etc. using the editing software, timing the images with the music. Before exporting the video, TJ turned off the stage image layer leaving just the shapes and music to produce the video file for QLab. Once the file was in QLab, there was some slight re-mapping to line everything up. Last there was an OCS command that was fired as an auto follow to the sound QLab machine to ensure the rhythmic images were perfectly in time with the music. If there was any mistiming, they could be adjusted by using a pre-wait on the OCS command. This process was highly efficient allowing TJ to design the projection content and see what it would look like in the space at the same time.

Projection Cue Sheet

Sample of QLab 4 File

Choreographer: Abby Cass
Lighting Design: Nicholas J. Taboni 
Assistant Lighting Design: Isabella Fortunato 
Projection Design: Timothy “TJ” Wildow

TJ used Adobe After Effects to fully manipulate a research image with movement, rotation, blur, and distortion. Throughout the piece the image slowly takes on these effects to create a unique environment that the dancer investigates while exploring a unique idea of a mixed reality and headspace.
Original Research Image Credit: Julia Volk
Production Photo (Left), Projection Video at 10x speed - oringal video ~3 minutes (Right)
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