The Firebird, Theoretical Design (2017)
I imagined this show opening in a dismal landscape, with the castle of Kaschei the Immortal visible in the background.
When the Firebird enters, it will be like a spark of light in the darkness.
Over the course of the Firebird's dance, the stage becomes warm and welcoming.
When Kaschei's demons emerge, however, the light becomes harsh and red.
When the Firebird returns to sing (and dance) the demons to sleep, the stage becomes warm again, but also returns to a dimmer, quieter look.
And, at the last, the lighting becomes bright and triumphant as the prince rescues the princesses."
This is my imagining of the opening. Red light shines from the castle windows, and a blue moon is projected onto the cyc. The prince is highlighted in moonlight, but the stage as a whole is dim.
Here the Firebird has entered. The moon is now a sun, and the sky is a day-time blue. Rather than moonlight, dancers are now lit by a warm amber to simulate sunlight.
When the demons come out to dance, all is lit in red. The sky becomes red and the sun is replaced by a blood moon. The prince is still highlighted by a blue spotlight, but the demonic dancers are lit by reds.
For the Firebird, I divided the stage into 16 focus points in a 4x4 grid. Each area is able to be lit from the top, the front, the back, and each side. Additionally, I have lights for the cyc and for the spot on the cyc which functions as a sun and moon in different scenes.
As I was restricted from using LED lights for this design, I have multiple lights from each direction in order to incorporate the six gel colors I settled on.