YOKO SEYAMA / Art & Scenography

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'Moving Colours' - Contemporary Ballet (2018) Set, Light design and Visual concept for Aalto Ballett Essen

Choreografy: Armen Hakobyan, Denis Untila
Music: Dirk Haubrich
Bühne, Lichtdesign and Visuelles Konzept: Yoko Seyama
Kostüme: Rosa Ana Chanzá
Video: Valeria Lampadova
Dramaturgie: Christian Schröder
Light: Tim Waclawek

Duration : 105 min / Two Acts with one intermission
Premiere: 28. April 2018 at Aalto Theater Essen, GERMANY

In Act 1, I have tried to use the simple optical effect of 'perception of eyes in colour' by using Afterimage.

In the begnining scene in white light, dancers wear monochrome colours.
Slowly shifting to Green light, our eyes try to balance in absolute colours.
in the filled Green light, it looks like they also wear Black and White, but by giving the flash light in white, the audience notice that they are actually wear Red and Yellow to the the resulting percept .

Slowly shifting from White light to Green light, our yes are been tricked by the colours.
The collaboration with the costumes by Rosa Ana Chanzá realized this immersive optical illusion in the huge experimental laboratory on stage.



ACT2 / Moving Colours Composition in Light

In Act2, I have included the element of Saiyah series. The idea of one light sourse, Daylihgt white full spektrum and dichroic glass plates, as spektrum splitters create incredible variation of colours. Original idea was to put the installation 'Saiyah#2' on stage, however my commision as scenographer I have tried to include the choreography and set and light as a total visual art.

In the begining, I have shown the automated turning of glass plates like the installation 'Saiyah#2' but in much bigger scale and rall the light reflections are shown on the back drop screen. This means the audience won't see all the mechanisms at that point. The dancers play their shadows in the frontside and back side, the back side shadows create the multi coloued shadows. For this mechanism of turning the glass platesm, I have used four automotive stage trollees.

Moving on to the next scene, when the back drop screen go up, the audience see what was happning behind as revealing the mechanism also as an introduction of the glass plates in frames which will be used in the next scene.

The main part of Act2 is creating the light colour composition on stage together with the choreography of Armen Hakobyan, Denis Untila and the original music which was created by Dirk P Haubrich . As the source of Kinetic Enegy are changed to dancers from electric motors. Dancers are moving four glass plates on stage and they catch the light and spread the reflenction of splited colour on stage, at the sametime the rest spectrum colour is filterd. Those dancers created the 'Moving Colour Play' on stage. I can proof that how human can crate the sensitive movements not only by their phisical expression but their extention of phisical movement as light, which can be extremely difficult to do the same movement by Robot or machines.






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