YOKO SEYAMA / Art & Scenography

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

Choreography: 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 this Act, I have tried to use the simple optical effect of 'perception of eyes in colour' by using Afterimage. At the beginning in white light, dancers wear monochrome colours. Slowly shifting to Greenlight, our eyes try to readjust to absolute colours. In the filled Greenlight, it looks like they also wear Black and White, but by giving the flashlight in white, the audience notice that they wear Red and Yellow to the resulting percept. Then shifting from White light to Greenlight, the colours trick our eyes. With the collaboration with costumes (by Rosa Ana Chanzá), there was an immersive optical illusion in the 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 source, Daylight white full spectrum, and dichroic glass plates, as spectrum splitters create an incredible variety of colours. In this piece, I have tried to compose the colours in light and shadows with the movement of choreography.

At the beginning, an automated turning of glass plates appears (like the installation 'Saiyah#2' but in much bigger scale) and all the light reflections are shown on the backdrop screen. 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 colour layered shadows. For this mechanism of turning the glass plates, I have used four automotive stage trolley.

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 backdrop screen goes up, the behind of the scene has revealed, showing the mechanism, the glass plates are turning as an introduction to the next scene.

The highlight of the 2nd Act is a colour composition shown as live lighting show created by dancers, the choreography of Armen Hakobyan, Denis Untila and the original music which was created by Dirk P Haubrich. As the source of Kinetic Energy transmit to human power from electric motors. Dancers are moving four glass plates on stage, and they catch the light and spread the reflection of split colour on stage, at the same time the filtered the rest spectrum colours spread to another side. Those dancers created the 'Moving Colour Play' on stage. How a human can create the sensitive movements not only by their physical expression but their extension of physical action as light.







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