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Department of Theatre and Dance

Web Site Spotlights UW Dance Production

June 26, 2002 -- An international lighting company's Web page is highlighting a University of Wyoming Theatre and Dance Department production.

SGM, an Italian lighting firm, shows photos and describes the hi-tech lighting system used in "Carmina Burana," a multimedia, technological work of choreography and music, performed last fall at UW. The complete feature can be seen at www.sgm

Patricia Tate, professor in the UW Department of Theatre and Dance, was the choreographer on the original ballet that explored the collaboration of state-of the art 21st century lighting and technology with classical/contemporary ballet. The work incorporated more than $300,000 in loaned lighting and technical equipment for lighting, projection, acoustic imaging, graphics and design.

"One of our goals was to experiment with high-end theatre technology, and see how well it could be applied in a highly classical production," said Tate.

New Century Lighting, exclusive U.S. distributors of the SGM line of automated luminaries, sponsored the production. The program was among the first to adapt for classical dance the moving lighting fixtures used in rock and roll concert lighting and the theatre.

"Until now, moving fixtures have simply been too noisy to operate in such an intimate setting," said Gary Shepherd, production lighting designer. "This gives us the opportunity to use the extended capabilities of these fixtures to help achieve the full impact of what dance brings to the audience."

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2002


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