Merle DeWitt III

Lighting & Projections Designer
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
Forgotten Fields 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 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 throughout 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
The Show 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 veil which is hiding another dancer. The dancer hidden by the train of the veil was dancing the true emotions of the bride. I told this story through light with the use of heavy side lighting to isolate the dancer while portraying a large cathedral environment.




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
Click-Uh 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 for 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 number of effects, including a strobe/gobo spin combo to give the feeling of TV static on the perform which helped 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
NAO was a high-energy exploration of the polarity of the universe and how one's body can represent the natural movement of polarized things. In this piece, I utilized a more traditional modern dance cueing structure. To ground my lighting in the idea of polarity, I relied heavily on my sidelights for the majority of this piece, using two contrasting colors for either side. I also utilized several down pools to isolate individual performers or duets from the group as needed.