optical performance

the practice of interacting with an optical field with the body in some way, either in stationary poses or with motion, to create some desired expressive effect in performance. The existence of one or more optical fields in a performance area adds greatly to the expressive potential of the space, even though the background will typically be a light-absorbing black backdrop. Since every part of an optical field has different properties, the performer is able to find those areas that produce the most desired colors and patterns on their costumes and bare skin, mostly through improvisation rather than through deliberate choreography.


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