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WSD2017|They Have Big Voices Where the Universe Ends
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Emerging Designers

United States of America

Lacey Erb

They Have Big Voices Where the Universe Ends

Selected Category: Lighting Design

Category: Projection and multi-media Design, Lighting Design

Design Statement

“They Have Big Voices Where the Universe Ends is a collective conversation, a dialogue, a confrontation, a comforting silence. The performers are actively listening, both inwardly and outwardly, expressing ideas and sensations, alternately subtly and obviously, in an effort to understand, to be heard and to never stop questioning.”

Choreographer Erica Gionfriddo
Aspiring to create a piece where light played as a character the media (projections & lighting) designer and choreographer worked together to involve the dancers in a dynamic, and intentional world. The projections and lighting asserted another layer of communication where in each performer experiences both spatial constriction and expansion. The audience’s perception of the piece was also guided, often times obscuring the stage and the performers.
Approaching projection as a lighting tool was a question posed by the designer in order to investigate the feasibility of media as a performer.

Projection & Lighting Design: Lacey Erb
Choreography: Erica Gionfriddo
Costume Design: Lirit Pendell


Lacey Erb

Lacey Erb is a projection designer who is intrigued by how light and shadow shape our environment and how projections and movement tracking can be used to manipulating visual perceptions of our world.
Erb’s design work encompasses projection and lighting design for theatre, opera, and dance, as well as event, space and installation design. Her recent work includes projection designs with the ZACH Theatre (TX), The Butler Opera Center (TX), Dance Repertory Theatre (TX), UT Austin (TX), and a new work with The Moving Company (MN). She is designer and technical director for Louder Than Words Dancetheatre (CO). Her MFA thesis project 'Reflective Impulse' was featured at South By Southwest Interactive (SXSW) in March. Erb has the pleasure of assisting Broadway projection designer Sven Ortel on the upcoming 'Roman Holiday'.
Erb has a M.F.A. in Integrated Media for Live Performance from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and a B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also studied Electrical Engineering at Boston University. She is recipient of the 2016 Certificate of Excellence in Media Design from the South West Regional United State Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT).

Email Address: laceyarts@gmail.com

Theatre Company Dance Repertory Theatre - University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre and Dance

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-04-08

The Premiere Space of Production B. Iden Payne Theatre, Austin, TX

Author none

Director/ Choreographer Erica Gionfriddo

Set Designer none

Lighting Designer Lacey Erb

Costume Designer Lirit Pendell

Sound Designer Mike Wall

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Lacey Erb

Other Creative Collaborator/s Assistant Projection Designer and Programer: Kaiwen Fa,
Assistant Lighting Designer and Programer: Nolan Thomas

Dancers: Sofia Aranha, Camille Collins, Rasely Goode, Claire Goodman, Vivian Lugo, Cassidy Oldham, Sara-Grace Poitevent, Anna Starr, Hunter Sturgis, Elizabeth Tan, Connor Timpe, Georgina Wilson

Photo Credits:
YiTai Chung, LErb_BigVoices images 1-5
Daniel Cavazos, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin, image LErb_BigVoices_6.jpg