Early in 2010, I was contacted by Martia Fox and asked if I wanted to light a show called Waterproof, to be performed at the Melbourne City Baths on St Kilda Road in Melbourne. I immediately loved the idea of the site specific work, and got heavily involved in designing the lighting around the movement based script.
The work was based on an exploration of the subconscious and included an amazing soundscape by Liam Barton. I wanted to try and create a number of spaces in and around the pool by isolating the lighting to those areas, and using colour to shape the flow of lighting throughout the work.
I used a number of practical dichroic light fittings in each of the changing booths, that were controlled by the actors. This was complemented by a number of coloured fluorescent tubes hidden in the framing of the booths. These fittings created amazing ambient light in the large pool space.
Using a number of theatrical profile fittings allowed me to isolate different side of the pool for different scenes and feels. Large cyc units were used to light the pool and create an amazing bounce off the water throughout the space.
The finished product was an amazing success, click here for more images. My thanks to all involved, especially Director/Performer Marita Fox, and my lighting operator Ryan Heath.
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