chapter  4
The lighting process
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Lightinganyshowinvolvesembarkingonavoyageofdiscovery.The surpriseswhichawaiteventhemostexperiencedlightingdesignerare aninevitablepartofanyprocesswhichinvolveshavingideasand turningtheseideasintoreality.Evenifitwerepossibletovisualizean exactpictorialcompositionforeachmomentoftheperformance,any dramaproductionisinaconstantstateofinventivedevelopment throughoutrehearsals.Thisisparticularlyintensiveduringthephase whentheactorsemergefromtherehearsalroomtowearcostumesand integratewithallthescenery,lightingandtechnologyofastage environment.Moreover,thestagingofaproductionisateameffortwith theideasofeachmemberstimulatingthewholegroup.Thetechnical anddressrehearsalphaseisaparticularlyfertiletimeforthis,withthe balancingofindividuallightstocomposepicturesnotonlystimulating thelightingdesigner'svisualthinkingbuttriggeringideasindirector, choreographerandscenedesigner.