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Fridays in Five College Dance Presents...

Stage Lighting for Dance with Kathy Couch

Friday, February 2 and Friday, February 9
Studio Theatre, Kendall Hall, Mount Holyoke College 

This two-part workshop series is required for all senior dance majors and concentrators, but anyone interested in stage lighting for dance is welcome to attend. The second workshop will build upon the first, so please plan to attend both sessions.

In this workshop, you will explore the way light inter/acts with the body and the space to shape our experiences, perceptions, and understandings. Participants will attend to light as movers, enactors, and observers, sharing with each other the insights gained from each particular position. We will also discuss the process of working with designers and how ideas are explored, realized, and revised through the tech process. Time will be offered during the second session for students to bring forth and experiment with questions that specifically pertain to their work. Please bring your curiosity and inquisitiveness, along with a notebook and clothes in which to move.

Brianna Anderson (UM '17) and Isabel Thompson-Pomeroy (MHC '19) in Debate Choreographed by Deborah Goffe. Lighting Design by Kathy Couch.

For 17 years, Kathy Couch has been designing and creating visual landscapes in performance and installation works. Primarily working in the mediums of light and space, Couch has designed performances in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Australia, Armenia, Russia, Latvia, Serbia and throughout New England. Kathy Couch has recent and ongoing collaborations with a canary torsi, Adele Myers + Dancers, Sara Smith, Vanessa Anspaugh, Karinne Keithley Syers, Peter Schmitz, and The Architects. As a member of the a canary torsi creative team, Couch received a 2009 Bessie Award for Dark Horse/Black Forest and a 2012-13 Bessie Nomination for their 4-hour interactive performance installation The People To Come. In Fall 2013, the archive component of The People To Come was featured in the exhibition Performance Archiving Performance, at the New Museum in New York. She is a co-teacher at the Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation hosted annually by improvisational company The Architects. Kathy Couch currently teaches Lighting Design at Amherst College. She is a founding board member of the Northampton Community Arts Trust that seeks innovative ways to preserve arts space and is a curator and board member at A.P.E. gallery in Northampton, MA.