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David Atkinson Lighting Design Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes exhibition, V&A


David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) recently completed the lighting design for ‘Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes’ exhibition at the V&A, London.


The exhibition designers, Tim Hatley & Drinkall Dean, briefed DALD that the lighting was to create a sensitive yet dynamic theatrical approach to the exhibition.


The installation is set out in three main galleries. On entering the first gallery a sense of drama is created with a large angled introduction wall being uplit in red by recessed fluorescents. This strong hue of colour is reflected into the entrance corridor drawing visitors in. Sections entitled ‘Dance Before Diaghilev’ and ‘European Dance’ display paintings, prints and artefacts, which are all externally illuminated from high level track lighting fixtures. DALD chose a limited palette for the exhibit lighting, which included AR111 based track fixtures fitted with a combination of spreader and diffuser lenses with internal dimming and energy saving lamps. To evoke the idea of costumes in motion, the ‘First Season’ section features a motorised circular plinth with a revolving display of costumes backed by large mirrors. To enhance the effect of animation, DALD installed a counter rotating projected spiral that throws hints of light across the costumes. Carefully controlled washes of blue light are shone across the plinth to add depth, and dimmed period light fixtures are positioned on the plinth for theatrical effect.


The next space, ‘Poiret & Nijinsky’, is framed by painted gauze panels onto which dappled light is projected to create a sense of smoke drifting across the set. Once inside the Nijinsky theatre space, rich amber washes of light are applied to emulate a gold quality. The ‘Rite of Spring’ is a bold space painted in a fluorescent green. Costumed mannequins positioned at different heights on a graded stage are


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David Atkinson Lighting Design’s scheme for ‘Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes’ at the V&A in London.


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