Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Geneseo Dance Esemble’s 46Live: Songs of the Body Lighting Designer: Rachel Prell


Senior sister Rachel Prell was grateful to be a Lighting Designer again for the Geneseo Dance Concert which closed in the Alice Austin Theatre on Sunday December 8th. The Geneseo Dance Concert is in its 46th year and this particular year was a particularly big deal as it was entirely student choreographed as well as half student lit. Rachel specifically lit seniors Jenn Levy and Erin Girard's dances, Hindsight and Out of Many One respectively.

Photo Cred: North Street Studio (Dance = Out of Many One)
Out of Many One was the second piece within the concert and was about the Buddhist principle of Namaste. Erin Girard informed Rachel that she always pictured the dance like a galaxy, ever growing and changingHindsight was the third piece within the concert. The first part was about reminiscing on the past, but not in a sad way while the second part focused on living in the present. With this information, and after looking at the costumes for colors, Rachel chose her side light colors and began to program on the Theatre Department’s Jands Vista light board.


“I love lighting for GDE. It gives me the opportunity to play with lights and colors. I don’t have to worry about trying to make something realistic, but instead I have to attempt to add to the dance. I have to make sure that I’m following the choreographers' concept and not distracting from the dancers because my lights are there to enhance not take over,” Rachel said.

This is Rachel's third time lighting the Dance Concert - she is also a shop TA and due to her vast experience with design has helped her young protege and sister, Meghan Barrett, with her lighting designs for Case Reopened this past semester.


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