Closer Orbit Irvine Barclay Theatre
Photography: Rose Eichenbaum
Choreographer: Chad Michael Hall Costume Designer: Katie Wilson
Sound Designer: Ningru Guo Stage Manager: Kelly Musgrove
Closer Orbits explored looking at the galaxies and nebulas through a romanticized lens. Each moment of the piece
expressed a different element or location in outer space. The piece started with the formation of the galaxies as dancers rotated around the stage in unison with slow cascading stars. As the dancers moved, the space was consumed with stars and rich, blue tones to create the feeling of outer space. Next, the piece focused on one dancer and one source of visible light. This dancer represented a bright star and the singular source of light represented meeting with her god, the sun. Overall, I wanted the dancers to appear as if they were in a void. I created that feeling by elimination the cyc and treating the stage legs with cascading stars that slowly moved throughout the piece. In some moments, the stars seemed to reach out into the audience and slowly moved around them to make them feel drawn into the orbit.