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Stage Lighting: From "Foreign Iron" to the Network

Le 14 octobre 2014, 02:57 dans Humeurs 0

Lighting is a very important form for stage art. However, in the 1920s, people did not have much understanding about lights. Hong Shen, a famous theater artist, is considered to focus on stage lighting at an early time.


During the Nanguoshe period in the 1920s, Tian Hong, the third brother of Tian Han, took charge of lighting work. Tian Hong actually had no so much knowledge about how to use stage lightings artfully and just thought that the usage of lights on the stage requires nothing more than to illuminate the stage and make the audience see clearly. At that time, Hong Shen had very close relations with Tian Hong and often took part in rehearsing plays in Nanguoshe. One time, Hong Shen said to Tianhong: "the light is not just for lighting up the stage. Lighting is part of the theatrical arts, which should coordinate or harmonize with the time, place and plot in the drama." Hong Shen’ words made some guidance for Tianhong and he determined to put it into practice. When rehearsing Farce "born of the will," Tianhong came up with many new ideas about lights. In the drama, a father was very furious for his son’s romantic love and unemployment. In order to highlight the father's feelings of anger, Tianhong used a strong beam of light shining on his head for rendering its majestic look and also used a weaker light for illuminating the back of two Prynne to heighten the old man's image. This lights(8*4in1 RGBW 15W LED moving head beam white light) treatment makes the audience feel very fresh. The next day after the show, the newspaper articles had praised that the show in Nanguoshe was innovative and creative. Later, Tianhong again did some new exploration on "Ward No. 6","Tragedy on the lake" and other operas. However, at that time, people usually used an iron barrel with modified look to create the atmosphere of the moon and put the light to project on the setting through the drum circle. Tianhong brood over. After many trials and errors, he came up with the idea that using yarn of different colors to be sandwiched between the drum and the curtain to render moonlight atmosphere. When playing the "Lake" drama, along with changes in the plot, the moon sometimes is lovely or warm, sometimes mournful or sad. The lights played a important role in presenting characters and plots. Today, this process may be very simple and common. But at the time, it is not a small creation.

The significance of stage lighting

Le 10 septembre 2014, 06:04 dans Humeurs 0

Stage lighting

Unlike a book, a play cannot rely on the audience's imagination to put forth a story. It requires it to unfold on the stage utilizing actors, stage scenery, costumes and much more to bring it to life. Lighting is just another element, but no less important. The addition or subtraction of lighting can change the feel of the production.



The first and most obvious use of lights is to allow us to see what is happening on stage. Flooding the stage with light can simply do this. If you are watching a graduation or an awards presentation, this may be adequate but it is not the case in theater.



Directional lighting becomes important in focusing attention on the critical area of the stage at any given time. If you are watching a musical and someone is singing a solo, the attention needs to stay with the singer. Often a spotlight will be used for this but dimming all lights but those surrounding the soloist could do it.

Mood setting


What is probably the most important use of lighting for stage is mood setting. If you are having a tragic moment, you don't want bright or colorful lights. The lighting would be somber and effects may include the look of the shadows of leaves coming through a window and onto a wall. Then it follows that this would not work well for a comedy where brighter lights and softer colors usually work better.



It is important that that the lights be set correctly to achieve the desired effect. The director tells the lighting designer where the scenes are and what they want accomplished with the lights. The designer then sets the lights. This usually involves physically climbing a ladder and adjusting where the light is aimed, and adding any gels or gobos needed to get the correct look. Gels are specially made colored transparent film and gobos are frames that produce different shapes or patterns on stage, such as leaves.

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