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A dance project that explores the how color in light changes our perception.

Discover Color

I've always been deeply fascinated with the effect color has on perception. From my earliest work in theater to the pop-up stores I've lit this year, color is always at the forefront of my mind when it comes to lighting design.

Camino Real at Pace University - Lighting Design by James Bedell
Camino Real at Pace University - Lighting Design by James Bedell

So I started thinking about how I might explore color with more specificity and more depth. I started sketching out ideas for everything from living statues uplit with different colors all the way to a pop-up dance project. I spoke with an old friend and collaborator Becky Radway, who just so happens to be an amazing dancer and choreographer. She mentioned that Triskelion Arts was accepting submissions for its festival themed on collaboration. We put together a proposal and got accepted.

So what was an abstract idea is now a concrete project. Two dancers of similar build will wear all white and be separated in white spaces. They will perform identical choreography in unison to original music. What will be differ between them is the color palette they each will be lit in.

Concept Sketch - Discover Color
Concept Sketch - Discover Color

That palette will be full of warm tones for one dancer while the other will move through a cooler palette. The audience will be invited to share their perceptions before and after the performance via social media and in the theater.

The ultimate hope is that the notion of actively discovering color in light will lead to a deeper consideration of color choices and a wider use of colored light in design. We also hope that our performance at Triskelion is the just the beginning of explore light and color through dance.

So we need your help to make this first version of Discover Color a reality. In order to create the experience we want for our audience we need lighting equipment, some scenic elements, costumes, music and time rehearse. In order to defray the costs of these elements we're hoping for your help. Your pledges will directly pay for:

* Rental of lighting equipment
* Scenic materials and construction
* Costumes
* Rehearsal space
* Photography/Videography

Thanks so much for your support! With your help we can make an amazing and enduring piece that explore color and light and how they can create whole new worlds of experience.

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    A Big Ole Thank You! Throw us a buck and you'll get a big ole thank you live on twitter just before show time from @jamesbedell 3900+ will see how cool you are for helping with Discover Color.

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    Lighting is critical to the way we see the world. For $5 you get a free copy of James Bedell's book on sustainable lighting design. It's called Losing Edison and it will teach you how to create beautiful sustainable lighting in your home.

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    Come and See... Local to Brooklyn? With a $15 dollar donation you can come on in and check out not only Discover Color but the rest of the pieces performing as part of the Collaborations Series at Triskelion. Not Local... We'll send you a DVD of the performance. So you can see the piece exactly as the audience did live.

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    Have a Beer with Us! Did we mention that the theater is across the street from the Brooklyn Brewery? A $100 pledge will have you sitting down with us for a cold one to talk about the piece, the importance of color and design and of course, the importance of beer. Not local... In addition to the DVD of the performance, we'll send over three 8x10 prints from the piece.

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    You donated $500!!! A donation of 500 smackers gets you a FREE lighting consultation from James Bedell. Bedell's lighting design has been part of projects for clients like Google, Wired Magazine, the Oxygen Network, Abercrombie and Fitch and NBC. He's also worked on many residential and entertainment projects. In exchange for a $500 pledge, Bedell will give you a lighting consultation for one room of your home or office, whether you're looking for simple tips on fixture replacement or thinking about an entire renovation. This donation gives you 5 free hours of consultation work with a professional lighting designer.

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