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Andre Segar – the dance floor, the hospital room and the kitchen table


    the dance floor, the hospital room, and the kitchen table (DANCEFLOOR) stitches together stories from COVID-19 and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Three queer researchers slip between the present and the past, becoming, interacting with, and learning from a chorus of voices from a critical moment in the queer liberation movement. The script draws from over 40 long-form interviews with caretakers, activists, organizers, and long-term survivors. DANCEFLOOR’s entire premise is RARE for many reasons. It was created by a diverse, all Trans and Queer team. It is also RARE because the primary source materials are from our Queer Elders. These stories look at folks often left out of the normative narrative around HIV (highlighting trans* folks, women, people of color, and folks living in Pittsburgh and New Orleans)

    DANCEFLOOR’s Lighting design is RARE in the ways in its use of saturated color palettes to express the viberence of the queer community. It uses bold color combinations to energize the space. Along with tempo and intensity, these RARE color choices tell us when and what objects are coming from the past. In this show color is used to help us understand how the lessons from the past are seeping in and affecting us in our present day. We can see this as we notice the show becomes more and more saturated as the show progresses. It is a RARE story arch of color.

    DANCEFLOOR’s Lighting design is also RARE in its seamless integration with its Media design. In collaboration with the Media designer, we build an ever changing world that brings us to the past in a futuristic way. At times lighting works with the media to amplify each other, though color and intensity. In other moments we divide and conquer by contrasting each other to add another layer of complexities. The design also achieves something RARE as it plays with the ideas of hunting from the past towards a profound connection to joyfulness, and hopefulness.

    Production Credits

    Production Credits

    The Kelly Strayhorn Theater – Pittsburgh
    The Contemporary Arts Center – New Orleans

    Playwright – Lyam Gabel
    Director – Lyam Gabel
    Composer – Kei Slaughter

    Scene Design – Sasha Schwartz
    Costume Design
    – Jean-Luc Raimond Deladurantaye
    Lighting Design – André Segar
    Sound Design
    – Eben Hoffer
    Media Design – Joseph Amodei

    Stage Manager – Leo Liotta
    Tech Director – Jo Nazro

    Assistant Scene Design – Peyton Koehler
    Assistant Costume Design – Emma Pollet
    Assistant Costume Design – Becca Zhou

    Sound Technician – Travis Wright
    Sound Technician – Steve Gilliand
    Carpenter – Jebney Lewis

    Photographer – Beth Barbis
    Photographer – Mel Cardona
    Photographer – Ryan Hodgson Rigsbee

    Actors featured in Photos

    Hannah Cornish
    Frank Davis
    Owen Ever