Lighting does much more than simply illuminate the dance space, so choreographers have to think carefully about what kind of lighting they want to use. Lighting is used more intensely to show mood than in theatre, for if a dancer’s face appears green or red, that is simply part of the performance. Thus, lighting in dance productions is stronger and more evocative of mood than in theatre. Stages bathed in blue light seem somber or sad, while bright reds and yellows raise the energy.

In addition to setting the mood, lighting is essential to direct the attention of the audience to certain stage locations by alternating spotlights with darkened portions. Lighting can also mark transitions between scenes.


Click the circles to turn the lights on and off.