How Are LEDs Lighting Up The Stage?

Advances in lighting and technology have changed the way designers and directors can illuminate a performance venue, but apart from lighting the entertainment space, they can actually create visual effects that become one with the performers.

One example of this is found at the Brooklyn Ballet, where traditional forms of ballet and dancers’ costumes are combined LEDs. The results are innovative and dramatic. 

“On tutus, the effect is evocative of falling snow. And for the ballet’s mysterious Drosselmeyer character, the team created the “Pexel” shirt, which adds a touch of magic with lights that sync to the dancer’s muscles.”

In addition to LEDs, the effects are achieved through a system that uses motion sensors and processors that allow for dynamic light animation that synchronizes with a dancer’s movements.  

3 thoughts on “How Are LEDs Lighting Up The Stage?

  1. Harold says on December 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    It’s about time that performance art forms like ballet upgrade their visual effects with the technology of the day. LED’s have been used with spectacular effects in movies such as Tron Legacy. The way the designed and created those costumes to evoke the faade that the actors were inside a digital world was nothing short of genius. I think more stage productions should utilize LED technology to enhance the visual experience of today’s demanding audience.

  2. Larry says on December 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Never before have stage plays been more dynamic. Some of today’s plays look more like stunt shows. I’m talking about productions such as Spider Man, which has been playing on Broadway as well as the Marvel Super Heroes show. The Frozen show is quite spectacular because of the way they use LED lighting to bring the winter wonderland to life. There’s also Phantom of the Opera, which is a visual spectacle. I may want to start getting out to the theatre next year.

  3. Jimmy says on December 17, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    With its romantic score and haunting tale of revenge gone awry, Verdi’s Rigoletto caught my attention and has captivated audiences since its original debut in 1851. The Boston Lyric Opera production merged exceptional talent with inspired design, applying Color Kinetics’ intelligent LED lighting to complement the stage performance, at times boldly and at times with subtlety. When I saw this play, I was impressed with the design by Paul Palazzo. The lighting design called for color-shifting effects to light both the performers and the two-tiered gallery set.

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