The Art of Light on Stage is the first English-language book focusing on the study of lighting design in contemporary theatre and elaborating upon the phenomenological and semiotic aspects of the medium of light – the roles of light as a performer, as the medium of visual perception and as the stimulus for imaginative representation. Taking numerous test-cases of visual (non-verbal) theatre, performative installations, opera productions, dramatic and postdramatic theatre, the author employs innovative methodologies in documentation, analysis, and (re)presentation of new directions the medium of light has taken in contemporary theatre.
Abulafia proposes a pioneering multi-layered approach to a detailed analysis of light and its interaction with other media in the performance. The analysis of the aesthetics, the experience and meaning of light in a performance is followed by an examination of the visual dramaturgy of light, as embodied in five state-of-the-art contemporary postdramatic productions. This new, scholarly – yet practical – approach intends to expand the awareness and enrich the discussion of the various dimensions of light in contemporary theatre by theatre-makers, scholars, students, critics and theatre spectators.
The book is based on Abulafia's PhD study for which Prof. Dr. Barend van Heusden was the promoter and Heiner Goebbles was an academic advisor. For more information about the book, click here.
The book has been printed in full-colour thanks to the generous support by Robe.
Since its publication in 2016, the book has been launched internationally in 20 major opera and theatre houses, festivals, stage expos and conferences in different countries all over Europe and Asia, and America: