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Karen Norris on lore: Lighting Notes

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I’m there to help create the visual process and reflect what the choreographers are trying to express.

BANGARRA WORKS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTION ELEMENTS – HOW CLOSELY DO YOU WORK WITH THE CHOREOGRAPHERS, JACOB AND JENNIFER TO INTEGRATE THEIR SET AND COSTUME ELEMENTS INTO LIGHTING?

It’s a true collaboration – a fusion of creatives! Lighting is an integral part of the process so I’m pretty much involved from the very beginning. It can be an intense and all-consuming process. I feel there is a sense of responsibility to maintain the integrity of the choreographers’ and the other creatives’ vision.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CONSIDERATIONS WHEN DESIGNING LIGHTING FOR THE STAGE?

To be sympathetic to the
 work. I don’t believe in making a statement just for the sake of it, I’m there to help create the visual process and reflect what the choreographers are trying to express.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH BANGARRA?

I love the essence of their work – they’re unique. The work has an old soul and you can’t help but get lost in the stories. The fusion of the old and the new. Magic!

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Lots: light, art, music
 and good energy – I find inspiration all around me.

Karen Norris
Lighting Designer