Best lighting designs for dance | 2011 in review

  • Photograph: Antoine Temp�

    Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group: The Good Dance - dakar/brooklyn

  • Photograph: Ace McCarron

    Jo Shapland in the Llanarth Group�s Told by the Wind

  • Photograph: William Frederking

    Julia Rhoads, left, and Meghann Wilkinson in The Better Half

  • Photograph: Courtesy of AXIS Dance Company

    AXIS Dance Company

  • Photograph: Liu Chen-hsiang

    Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Water Stains on the Wall

  • Photograph: Zachary Whittenburg

    Dancers improvise at S.R. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology during Kinetic Sculptures at the 2011 Dance Improvisation Fest

Photograph: Antoine Temp�

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group: The Good Dance - dakar/brooklyn

“Light is the water that dancers swim in,” goes a quote I once heard, attributed to the choreographer Choo-san Goh. Dancers drowned in gorgeous designs this year, both new and revived, in venues big and small. The most memorable, in no particular order, were by the following folks (click through to read our article about or review of each show):



  • Jonathan Belcher and Carrie Wood, for [node:7560295 link=Reggie Wilson;]/Fist & Heel Performance Group’s The Good Dance – dakar/brooklyn, March 31–April 2 at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago



  • Michael Schmelling, for Let us think of these things always. Let us speak of them never. by Every house has a door, February 9–13 at the MCA Stage







  • Heather Basarab, for AXIS Dance Company’s Light Shelter, by David Dorfman, November 19 and 20 at the Auditorium Theatre





  • Kevin Rechner with Priscilla Guy and Nathan Ruyle, for Utopia Parkway by Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, June 18 at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, during the first annual Dance Improvisation Fest



  • The sun with Mies van der Rohe and Magdalena Abakanowicz, for Kinetic Sculptures at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Crown Hall and AGORA SCORE in Grant Park, June 12 and 19, during the first annual Dance Improvisation Fest





  • Ace McCarron, for the Llanarth Group’s Told by the Wind, May 20 and 21 at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago



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