Dance Production: Design and Technology introduces you to the skills you need to plan, design, and execute the technical aspects of a dance production. While it may not seem that staging a dance production is that different from a play or musical, in reality a dance performance offers up unique intricacies and challenges all its own, from scenery that accommodates choreography, to lighting design that sculpts the body, and costumes that complement movement. This unique book approaches the process of staging a dance production from a balanced perspective, making it an essential resource for dancers and designers alike.

Covering a broad range of topics, author Jeromy Hopgood takes the reader through the process of producing dance from start to finish – including pre-production planning (collaboration, production process, personnel, performance spaces), design disciplines (lighting, sound, scenery, costumes, projections), stage management, and more. Bridging the gap between theatrical and dance design, the book includes a quick reference guide for theatrical and dance terminology, useful in giving dancers and designers a common working vocabulary that will ensure productive communication across the different fields.

chapter |4 pages


part |2 pages

Part I: Thinking Ahead

chapter 1|16 pages


chapter 2|12 pages

Pre-production Planning

chapter 3|16 pages

Performance Spaces

part |2 pages

Part II: Production Areas

chapter 4|26 pages


chapter 5|16 pages

Creating the Lighting Design

chapter 6|14 pages


chapter 7|16 pages

Creating the Sound Design

chapter 8|18 pages

Scenery and Props

chapter 9|22 pages

Creating the Scenic Design

chapter 10|24 pages

Costumes, Hair, and Make-up

chapter 11|18 pages

Creating the Costume Design

chapter 12|22 pages

Projections and Video

chapter 13|14 pages

Creating the Projection Design

chapter 14|16 pages

Stage Management

part |2 pages

Part III: Quick Reference

chapter 15|12 pages

Dance Terminology

chapter 16|10 pages

Theatre/Stagecraft Terminology