Lighting Designer

the lite of spring

Created, designed, programmed

// joshie harriette

premiere / the place theatre, london

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Lite of Spring - Light pushes and pulls, it can be our guide, a sculpture, a beacon of hope. Light moves in waves, carried by forces it penetrates, pulses and moves objects. Joshie Harriette’s / Lab 13’s Light of Spring, a performative work at The Place was illuminating, offering new frequencies. Void of human forms, we were graced by a company of bulbs, programmed to the restlessness sounds of Stravinsky’s the Rite or Spring. The work shone through the space, understated, refractive and refreshing. Referencing the usual stage rig of lighting left redundant. It gave as much as a movement can, perhaps even more. Our pupils aching as the dancing bulbs dilated our curious eyes. A work glowing with potential, projecting a future and shifting the spotlight. (Micheal P Johnson, Producer)

In Joshua Harriette's The Light of Spring, light and its movements are a choreographic approach that can radically expand the possibilities of dance. The artistic pallet of this work is built around Igor Stravinsky’s classic ballet and orchestral composition The Rite of Spring. Unhinging this work from its historic roots, The Light of Spring innovatively incorporates light, movement and rhythm to transport its audiences to the distant and unearthly atmospheres of a new dance world. The moments of the performance that were the most exhilarating were those that opened and closed the performance. This organic beam of white light emerging from a black background, and the tower of red heartbeats that pulsated from the centre of the stage were brilliant pieces of stillness that stilled and instilled in us a new dimension. (Sarah-Mace Dennis, Crictic)

A choreography of light, Joshua Harriette’s The Lite of Spring feels like a meditation on the intricacies of Stravinksy’s score. Block colours flash rhythmically across a heap of lighting grids picking out the jagged strings, while a morphing ring of projected light catches at the softer, trilling melodies. As the work builds, different lights begin to adopt their own personas - searching, menacing, frantic - dancing a journey through Stravinsky's iconic work towards its inevitable red-washed conclusion. Some moments work better than others, but it’s an enjoyably mesmeric experience. (Rachel Elderkin, Cri ctic)

Lite of Spring Reflection - I had never seen anything like it before. Stravinsky’s composition is extremely emotive and the lights worked to pull it all together. It was incredible to witness the the lights converse. To allow them to guide my eyes to spaces which I had not noticed before. Josh demonstrated how limitless the light is (RUDZ, audience)

It opened the door in my understanding in what impact you can do with light on stage if you remove from a traditional role; the traditional role being how it is used to light up actors. (Bethany, audience)

The worlds Joshie creates always leaves me in awe. The beautiful dystopian story of  ‘The light of spring’ mixed with the Stranvinsky composition is a masterpiece and can’t wait to see how the ‘light characters’ develop More of this please.

#bestBePayingYourLightsITCRates (Sonny, director) 

Characters and creatures communicate with colours and glowing pulses. We the humans, are the visitors to this illuminated space. That is a feeling of wander.” (Jess, audience)