ETC Source Four lights Hiroshima’s flash bang
Un Coup de Don was lit using ETC Source Four LED fixtures (photo: Photo Lot)
18 June 2013
France – The nuclear blast at Hiroshima in 1945 is often described in Japanese as a flash (pika) followed by a bang (don). Last year, a performance lit with ETC Source Four LED Lustr+ fixtures aimed to represent the unexpected terror of the pika don through the medium of dance. Un Coup de Don, by dance company Ariadone and led by Carlotta Ikeda and Ko Morobushi (Japan), was part of the Festival Automne in Normandy, France.
Lighting director Eric Blosse says, « We all agreed that we needed to restart from the beginning, rather than seek to replicate the actual flash itself: we were left with a blank white space focused on the body in a trance. »
The style of dance, Butoh, is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, which is well suited to trance-like movements and subtle colour shifts.
Says Blosse, « The ability of the Source Four LEDs to offer a variable white temperature was key to the performance: we could make subtle adjustments to the light levels, highlighting the bodies’ movement in the time of the trance. This little-used facility led us to propose a new language of light. »
The fixtures for Un Coup de Don were supplied by Les Ateliers Lumière of Bordeaux.