LDWG is the Lighting Designers Working Group and was established in Bregenz at the meeting of the Scenography Commission where Henk van der Geest was elected as Head of the working group. At the PQ'03 the fist program was run as part of the Scenofest: workshops in the 1:4 model theatre. The next PQ promises to be another big exposure for the LDWG and we will have meetings in order to prepare the programme.
The goal of the LDWG The LDWG is the representative in the Scenography Commission of OISTAT to promote issues of lighting design, initiate projects and organise meetings, seminars, workshops, lectures and presentations for international professionals and students in the theatre. It is important to understand the practice and the variety caused by cultural differences, not to equalize the differences but to understand and respect these and to unite people in their cultural differences.The LDWG is active in the Scenography Commission as well as on it's own.
Mission statement of the LDWG LDWG is a non-profit international platform for lighting designers from al over the world connecting individuals as well as possible existing national/regional organisations of lighting designers. The mission is to grow understanding, respect and a sense of quality in the work and spread of lighting design in the world of live theatre and performing arts. It is also meant to enhance the relationship and collaboration between the other artistic members of the team that creates theatre. Lighting as a separate distinctive contribution to the theatre.
In conjunction with the OISTAT WorldCongress in Toronto the LDWG had scheduled an open meeting on Tuesday March 15. In spite of changed room designations and rebuiling the room to accomodate a ‘round table’, 25 people participated. It was a very succesfull meeting. Discussions and proposals were made on activities on the upcoming PQ07 as part of the scenofest, the heart of the PQ. It is two more years to go but by conducting these discussions now we hope that a lot can be achieved in reality. I want to thank all the contributers and excuse for the regrets. Contact will be held with these participants of whom almost all of them expressed interest to participate in one or another way to the activities to be held. Also the participants of earlier meetings that had not been able to attend this meeting will be involved in the further process. In due time I will bring a full report of this meeting so that all are able to reflect and add as appropriate. With the new possibilities of the website, I hope this is a new start of ever ongoing meetings and activities, communication and collaboration, celebrating the life of light. Keep in touch and visit the website regularly (and add)
Henk van der Geest
March 16 2005, Toronto.