Symposium on Light - University of Leeds, UK 28th January

27 November, 2016 by Scott Palmer | 0 comments

Symposium on Light - University of Leeds, UK 28th January

Performing light: Making and researching light in contemporary theatre and performance Saturday 28 January 2017 stage@leeds, School of Performance & Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, UK



This one-day symposium will explore issues of light in performance from both conceptual and artistic viewpoints, bringing together scholars and practitioners to further conversations about the role of light in performance. Emerging from a scholarly context in which there is a growing critical understanding of the contribution of light to performance and the value of light as an area of research, this event will address both the current state and the future potential of light research. Bridging considerations of both research and practice, this symposium aims to directly relate scholarly research to contemporary professional work, asking how research and practice might usefully inform each other. 

The symposium will consist of three curated panels addressing the audience experience and dramaturgy of light, people and processes, and light as material. Confirmed speakers include lighting designers Peter Mumford and Paule Constable, with a keynote lecture from Christopher Baugh and further contributions from leading academics and postgraduate researchers in lighting and scenography (full list at The day will also celebrate the publication of Nick Moran’s latest book, The Right Light (available at and will feature The Library of Light (

You can register your interest in attending the symposium through Eventbrite: The deadline for registration of interest is 5th December 2016 (5pm GMT). Attendees will be notified of their place by 21 December 2016.

 For further information, or to propose an additional provocation, please contact Katherine Graham ( or Kelli Zezulka ( 

The symposium has been kindly sponsored by the Association of Lighting Designers, Electronic Theatre Controls, and the Performance and Place research group in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at University of Leeds.
Performing Light: A one-day symposium at the University of Leeds

Twitter: @leeds_light

Photograph accompanying this article is from David Shearing's The Weather Machine, photographer Tom Joy.



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