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The art of light on stage: lighting in contemporary theatre

The art of light on stage: lighting in contemporary theatre

Abulafia, Yaron, author

The Art of Light on Stage is the first history of theatre lighting design to bring the story right up to date. In this extraordinary volume, award-winning designer Yaron Abulafia explores the poetics of light, charting the evolution of lighting design against the background of contemporary performance. The book looks at the material and the conceptual; the technological and the transcendental. Never before has theatre design been so vividly and excitingly illuminated. The book examines the evolution of lighting design in contemporary theatre through an exploration of two fundamental issues: 1. What gave rise to the new directions in lighting design in contemporary theatre? 2. How can these new directions be viewed within the context of lighting design history? The study then focuses on the phenomenological and semiotic aspects of the medium for light - the role of light as a performer, as the medium of visual perception and as a stimulus for imaginative representations - in selected contemporary theatre productions by Robert Wilson, Romeo Castellucci, Heiner Goebbels, Jossi Wieler and David Zinder. This ground-breaking book will be required reading for anyone concerned with the future of performance

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published London: Routledge, [2016]
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Statement of responsibility: Yaron Abulafia
ISBN: 1315691302, 9781138913653, 9781138913684, 9781315691305
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 255 pages) : illustrations (colour)
Subject: Performing arts; Stage setting; Stage lighting.; Lighting
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. &nbsp
  2. List of Figures
  3. Foreword
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. Towering Figures in the History of Theatre Lighting Design
  7. 2. Light Art - the Rising Autonomy of Artificial Light
  8. 3. Theoretical Framework
  9. 4. A New Conceptual Framework for the Analysis of Light
  10. Introduction to the Performance Analyses
  11. 5. Madama Butterfly
  12. 6. On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God
  13. 7. Stifters Dinge
  14. 8. Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)
  15. 9. Peer Gynt
  16. Epilogue
  17. Appendix: Glossary
  18. Index