.I would like to use light more in improv
There’s a tendancy, I think, to just settle for a flat wash. If you can see the actors then the lighting is ok.
But I think it’s wasteful to pass up any opportunity to shape a performance. I remember a great scene where we cut the lights and performed using flashlights (stolen from the ushers). I think the reason the scene (horror genre) remains etched in my mind is because the darkness heightened the reality of the experience ie. I kinda freaked out.
I’m always filled with joy when the lighting tech involves themselves in the performance; fading the lights down, adding colours or spots. (when lucky enough to actually be in a theatre with an actual lighting tech)
As I think about it, I’d love to do some improv using only candles for illumination.
I’ll get back to you on that one.