Wednesday 11 May 2022

Lighting Design is a key contributor to stage dramaturgy, playing a pivotal role in theatre semiotics. Lighting serves as a “magnifying lens” that draws the viewer’s focus to particular areas or actions on stage. The Department of Theatre Studies of the NKUA added to their curriculum a lighting design course, in their 2022 spring semester, seeking to introduce students to stage lighting. The new course has received lots of attention and enthusiasm from the student community, leading the teaching staff to the decision of organising the 1st Lighting Design Conference under the title Lighting Design dramaturgy and practice. The Conference aims to offer insight both on the creative process and the tools used by professionals, in order to enable students to effectively use lighting for their drama lessons in the school environment, where they will, most likely, work after graduating. A selected group of professionals will be invited to share their knowledge and experience, in the form of lectures and case study presentations. The Conference will be structured in two parts. At the beginning, a well-established dramaturg will present and explain the process and creative priorities of dramaturgical analysis related to lighting. Also, a stage designer and assistant professor in the Department will argue about the relationship between scenery, costume and light in contemporary theatre, discussing examples from her current artistic practice. After that, lighting artists will present case studies of lighting installations and lighting design for performance making, generously offering tips on cheap, fast and versatile lighting solutions. At the end of the session, the students will be introduced to the actual tools, the lighting gear, with a hands-on demonstration of technologically sophisticated lighting fixtures. Lighting designers will walk them through the different attributes of light, offering them the chance to explore colour palettes, intensity levels, texture, movement and direction. This is organised as a joint effort by teaching staff members Clio Fanouraki (assistant professor), Maria Konomi (assistant professor), Ilia Lakidou (laboratory and teaching staff) and Christina Thanasoula (teaching fellow).