Wonder In the Woods:
A Tennessee Circus
Presented by Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio
This production was truly a pretty unique experience. The wonderful people at Dragonfly brought me on as a lighting designer for their 2022 Summer Circus, Wonder in the Woods.
The group consists of performers of all ages and took place in a 60' x 90' tent with three "rings" in which the circus comes to life. The piece told the story about the magic in the woods of Tennessee and some of the peril the woods face against corporate greed and eco-destructive forces.
One of the biggest challenges with this production was finding positions for the instruments to light inside the playing area. There wasn't adequate rigging in the tent to hang instruments. So, I experimented with putting my lights low and pointing up at the ceiling. This led to a variety of beautiful dramatic looks, inevitably painting a beautiful scene all around the all-white tent. Colors and shadows cascaded around as the performers made their magic. This was a beautiful piece. I am extremely proud of how it turned out and the message it delivered.