Luminography Dance Performance at WPSBC
On October 23, WPSBC’s Residential students engaged in an interactive experience for a special Creative Arts Series performance. Creating a unique style of dance, Luminography proved to be ideal for our students due to its dramatic lighting and the limited ranges of motion needed to participate. The evening provided a great opportunity for everyone to see, listen and join in dance.
Kaylin Horgan, who considers herself a team member of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, began helping out at the School by shredding papers when she was just 14 years old before being hired as an aid. Already considering herself a part of the campus family, Kaylin’s mother was a long-time WPSBC employee as an accountant, so Kaylin grew up holding our students near and dear to her. Kaylin received her bachelor’s degree from Point Park University, and is now a freelance dancer along with the group joining her for our special performance. On Tuesday evening, she was joined by dancers Lauren, Simon and Troy, and videographer Mike. After meeting at The Space Upstairs, an incubator for dancers and artists in Pittsburgh, they first discovered the art form Luminography as a magical accident. As an experiment, Mike began pointing the camera directly at the projector. The result proved to be a painting-like visual that creates an interactive experience between the videographer and dancers.
Simple movements in front of the high contrasted lighting effect create dramatic movements, which makes this dance style ideal for our students. Kaylin, Lauren, Simon and Troy performed to three different Disney remixes, explaining exactly what was happening in between each performance. While each dance was slightly different with various props, including a flashlight, they were all equally as captivating as the last.
After the dancers’ three performances, they invited WPSBC Residential students up to the stage to try their hand at Luminography. Each student was mesmerized by the bright lights in front of them and the way their movement was repeatedly captured on the projector behind them. The stage was crowded with dancers and the room filled with laughter as everyone tried out some moves. This unique style of dance allowed our students the opportunity to see dance, and to see themselves dance too. The smallest movements they made created amazing splashes on the projector and even bigger smiles on their faces. Luminography may have been a magical accident to create, but it also proved to be a truly magical experience to take part in.