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1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers

United States of America

Ian Garrett


Selected Category: Alternative

Category: Set Design, Alternative

Design Statement

Zata Omm's Dance Projects Vox Lumen was the first completely off-grid concert-length dance performance in North America. The performance eschewed existing theatrical systems in the space and engineered the performance around renewable energy capture. As both the scenic and energy systems designer, I sought to integrate the thinking in engineering the energy systems with the aesthetics of the scenic elements. While starting with a fanciful, but relatively literal representation of common renewable energy systems, the design evolved to evoke the blending of organic and mechanistic forms, a sensuous Futurism. The final design sought to express an energetic stillness through a number of approaches. The slender curving vertical element matches its delicacy with strength as dancers climb its sides. It tapers while curving, changing in two dimensions as the eye moves over it. Its motion is held in tension by arcing around a strong centre of gravity .


Ian Garrett

Ian Garrett is Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University; is director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, a US think tank on sustainability in arts and culture; and is the resident designer for the Indy Convergence, an arts accelerator in Indianapolis, Toronto, and Haiti. He is the Curator for the US and Director of Education for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. Recently he designed Theatre Panik's durational performance, Peep, at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015; Erika Batdorf's Micro-theatre for Burnish at the Theatre Centre and Venice Biennale, and the set and energy capture systems for Zata Omm Dance Projects’ Vox:Lumen at the Harbourfront Centre. He has worked on installations such as DTAH Architects’ Ravine Portal and on the lighting team for the Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a 150’ wide, origami-style crane sculpture at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival. He is a Trustee of the Board for DanceUSA, the national service organization for dance. His primary project is the development of the multi-site specific Transmission, about meeting our celestially neighbors, which will premiere in Edinburgh in 2017 combining live performance, and immersive technology "hauntings".

Email Address: ian@toasterlab.com

Theatre Company Zata Omm Dance Projects

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-03-04

The Premiere Space of Production Harbouefront Centre Theatre

Author William Yong

Director/ Choreographer William Yong

Set Designer Ian Garrett

Lighting Designer Simon Rossiter

Costume Designer William Yong

Sound Designer Andrea Rocca

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Elysha Poirier

Other Creative Collaborator/s Dance and technology research strategist and video designer: Elysha Poirier
Creative process outside eye: Andrea Nann
Director of strategy and development: Randy S’ad
Documentary film maker: Timothy Garrett