In an age where more and more the spectator is made to view the world from a two dimensional perspective the three dimensional theatrical space takes a unique position. The lighting designer is not only interested in creating a visual impression that will look good beyond the two dimensional view point of the (television) screen but must be able to provide a light filled atmosphere in which the live performer can exist..
Stage lighting (often as the poorer brother) has also become more and more conversant with the multi-media techniques used to great effect in by rock concerts and by the television and film industries, and many of the visual experiences now common enough in live theatre can only be created by their use. And indeed in the multi-cued environment of the eurythmy performance the use of a computer controlled lighting system is essential.
Of all the theatrical disciplines dance gives the lighting designer the most freedom to create spatial lighting that is not entirely dependent on a stage set or the necessities of facial visibility. The extension of this moves into the realm of eurythmy lighting where the lighting designer is asked to use the whole palette of his art; providing the performing space in which the eurythmist can move, and which is to a certain extent a precondition for this movement. He also must act as an intermediary for the spectator using lighting to provide him not only with an outer visual sensation, but also leading him into the inner nature of the composition being performed.
The lighting designer is asked to present lighting solutions reflecting the style of the different works being performed. Using his experience he must provide lighting concepts which, in the first instance, are artistic compositions in their own right, and reflect the dynamics of the pieces as a whole. Following this comes an ongoing process in which movement and lighting come together in the form of a conversation that later, in the performance, becomes a symbiosis of the needs of all the participants both on stage and in the auditorium.
One of the essential ingredients of eurythmy lighting is the, often dramatic, use of colour -,leading the spectator away from the physicality of the human form and into a different realm where the forces that underly the actual movement can be experienced directly.