"The lighting design for John Jasperse’ Hinterland was created with my rep plot for the NY Quadrille series," says Levasseur. "During this festival at the Joyce, the stage crew builds the stage out into the audience and installs a riser block upstage, thus creating as much of an in-the-round situation possible in a normally strictly front facing venue. Choreographers are commissioned to create new works on this re-configured stage, a 25'3'' x 35'-9'' rectangle straddling the proscenium.
"Because there are no sidelight possibilities in this configuration, I asked for a light-colored floor so that some light would bounce back up onto the dancers. The gray marley works well because for the most part it can be a neutral surface without making it look like the dancers are dancing in a void.
"The plot consists mostly of conventional systems with some color-changing and re-focusing of specials between show weeks. The workhorses of the plot are 12 Martin by Harman Mac Aura XB units, which serve mostly as downlight. These also provide most of the color that gets used but are also helpful for effects and some specials usage. For Hinterland, the palette was very desaturated except for an additional system of R368 to support the blue motif coming from the costume design."
Pitkin Grove, Maria Baranova
"I also designed Beth Gill’s piece, Pitkin Grove, for the NY Quadrille," adds Levasseur. "Consisting of four interlocked solos, the piece asked for four distinct worlds. Differing sets of color, texture, and glacial movements by the Martin by Harman MAC Aura XB units gave each section a distinct identity. The hardest thing about this piece on this exposed stage was the transitions. Seamless minute-long cues in tandem with highly choreographed scenic moves increased the preciousness of the work."
Pitkin Grove photo by Maria Baranova
"The idea of this look from the lead visual artist Baille Younkman and Beth Gill was to set this section in a dank basement," says Levasseur. "I had the idea of high noon in a junkyard. The result was a super high-contrast look hot from one side to suggest that the action was under the ground."