Tailored for choreographers and lighting designers

Bessie-Award winner Margie Medlin will be leading an intensive one-week workshop for and with choreographers and lighting and set designers (together or alone).

Lighting, space and choreography are perfect collaborators. Much of the pallet of dance and choreography can be amplified by selective decisions in lighting, and likewise, you can't see light if it is not intersecting with matter. Lighting designers are always working attending to space, direction, intensity, colour, contrast and speed. Each of these elements is also a key element of any choreographic work.

This workshop practically introduces the participants to a broad range of lighting equipment. They will have hands-on experience in the theatre in order to learn about selecting lighting equipment and how to optimise lighting design for specific choreographic situations. Participants will be introduced to theoretical design drawing principles of plan, section, elevation, reading venue stage plans and learning how to work with sightlines and masking. Importantly workshops attendees will learn the ABC's of lighting design and hence build their confidence and an invaluable professional language for their future collaborations with designers, technicians and producers.

This workshop will be specifically addressing aspects of how light can/does contextualise your work. Last but far from least, the workshop will be a tool for understanding how collaborative relationships can enrich the creative process and build confidence in how ideas are communicated.


MARGIE MEDLIN (AUS/GB) has an illustrious biography in lighting design and experimental filmmaking. She has lit and designed new dance performances, produced film, video, new media art works, mentored and curated. Her work specialises in the relationship between dance and the moving image.

She has 15 years of international teaching and mentoring experience. Specialist workshops themes have included lighting design, dance film making, experimental film-making, dance and technology, and developing the relationship between performance and visual art.

Margie has collaborated with many choreographers and directors including Ros Warby, Sandra Parker, Rebecca Hilton, Lucy Guerin, Carol Brown, Russell Dumas, Russell Maliphant, John Jaspers, Ong Keng Sen, Hellen Sky, Helen Herbertson and Gideon Obarzanek and mentored many young dance-makers in Australia and internationally. Her media artwork has been exhibited extensively including India, the USA, Cuba, Australia, Germany, the UK, Japan and Finland.

Margie has received many high profile awards and in 2014 she received an artistic leadership award from the Australia Council of the Arts. In 2013 Medlin was nominated for an Arts Asia Award for her work with Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts, Bangalore. In 2005 she received a Science and Art production award from the Wellcome Trust, London. In 2002 she received the John Truscott design award and was an artist in residence at the ZKM, Centre for Art and Visual Media, in Karlsruhe, Germany between 1999 and 2001.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Film-making and New Art Studies, Australia (1988), was a Special Research Fellow in lighting design at Yale School of Drama, U.S.A. (1989). She studied Scenography at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London (1991), Advanced Computer Applications for Theatre Design at Central School of Speech and Drama, London (1992) and has a Master of Arts, Interior design, Australia (1999).


Where: Dancehouse
Date: DECEMBER 5-9
Time: 10am-2pm
Cost: $250 F / $150 DH Member

EOIs close Thursday November 3, 2016.




Image credit: Ross Warby, Tower Suites (2012) - light design by Margie Medlin