Merle DeWitt III

Lighting & Projections Designer
and ViDEO Editor

Dance Escape 2019


Forgotten Fields

Concert Produced by UC, Irvine
Venue: UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theatre, Irvine, CA
Concert Art Directed by Lisa Naugle
Piece Choreographed by David McMahan
Concert Costumes Designed by Ashton Montgomery
production stage manager: Samantha Sorin

Design Statement
This piece was about a young girl who gets lost in her memories. She is visited by friends from the past as well as people from her village. By the end of the piece she comes to her senses and realized she is actually alone in a field. To create this mood of a memory I kept the lighting for this piece very soft and warm with the color also helping to solidify location throught the piece.




The Show

Concert Produced by UC, Irvine
Venue: UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theatre, Irvine, CA
Concert Art Directed by Lisa Naugle
Piece Choreographed by Radhanath Thialan
Concert Costumes Designed by Ashton Montgomery
Production Stage Manager: Samantha Sorin

Design Statement
This piece was about the masks we put on as humans to hide our true emotions. This was portrayed through the mind of a young woman getting ready for her wedding. As we continue through the piece, she puts on her vale which is hiding another dancer. The dancer hidden by the train of the vale was dancing the true emotions of the bride. I help tell this story with the use of heavy side lighting and as mucha isolation on the dancers as possible while portaying a large cathedral.




Click-Uh

Concert Produced by UC, Irvine
Venue: UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theatre, Irvine, CA
Concert Art Directed by Lisa Naugle
Piece Choreographed by Danielle Snyder
Concert Costumes Designed by Ashton Montgomery
Production Stage Manager: Samantha Sorin

Design Statement
This piece was a commentary on how it is to be on either side of the television, watching vs. being on TV. All of the audio from this piece had either been pulled from 1950’s era tv shows or commercials. This assortment of audio created a vignette type structure to this dance. Within each vignette I utilized the color of the lighting to give the feeling of watching it on an old TV. I also utilized a large amount of effects to help tell this story.




NAO

Concert Produced by UC, Irvine
Venue: UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theatre, Irvine, CA
Concert Art Directed by Lisa Naugle
Piece Choreographed by Connor Senning
Concert Costumes Designed by Ashton Montgomery
Production Stage Manager: Samantha Sorin

Design Statement
This piece was a high energy exploration of the polarity of the universe and how our bodies can be used to represent polarity and the natural movement of polarized things. This piece I utilized a more traditional modern dance cueing stucture. Relying on my side lights for the majority of this piece while utilizing down pools for isolation as needed.