After attending several dance shows recently, I was once again struck by how much of the stage ends up being wasted space for me.
I have never been a fan of large stages. As I’ve said before, I’m there to see the dancer.
Sure, a nicely decorated stage is nice, but it’s not my focus at a dance show.
Perhaps I’m alone in this, but I will often focus my camera on the performer, so that I can follow their movements as they dance.
What ends up happening is that I miss a lot of things, because I am cammed in so close to be able to see the performer.
So I thought I’d do a visual demonstration. 🙂
Here is a picture of an empty stage.
Pretty standard these days for a stage.
Some may be even larger.
So what does it look like when you put a solo dancer on a stage this size?
I’m in there – see?
Can’t you tell that’s me?
Notice that both pics are pretty much the same distance from the stage. Not a lot of detail at that distance. You can tell I’m wearing red and black, not much else.
But we don’t see empty stages, do we? So what does it look like if you fill up the stage with stuff? (Ok, I just filled it up with cubes, but you get the idea.)
These cubes are 3mX3m in size. Just to simulate the size of the space occupied by props in many routines.
Again, the pic is pretty much the same distance from the stage as the first two.
I’m not a small avatar. When I checked my size (remember, I’ve been called ogre-ish tall), I am 2.23m tall (that’s 7.3 feet, according to the appearance editor).
This is not the best viewing distance, in my opinion. Indeed, I’ve been to many a show where the DJ/MC/Host urges you to ‘cam in close’ to see the performer.
So what happens when you move in closer?
But the props on the side of the stage?
No longer in visible range. At this distance, I could probably keep most dancers in view without moving my camera around, as a pretty big chunk of the stage floor is visible.
But I still don’t get a lot of detail viewing the performer. I want to see the cool costumes, don’t I?
So I cam in closer.
I can see the hair, the jeans, the cute sweater.
But I’ve lost even more of the stage and props.
In the picture above, you could see 6 cubes. Now you see 3 and parts of 3 more.
And I still can’t see the dancer clearly.
I can actually see the performer and am close enough to see their face.
But – I can only see 1 complete cube. The surrounding two are cut off.
And the other 11 on the stage? Can’t see ’em.
This is perhaps an extreme example, but it helps to illustrate my point.
I sometimes feel bad for dancers who have clearly gone to great lengths to build and decorate their set, when most of the audience doesn’t even see it, except at the beginning and end of the routine.
If there are multiple dancers on stage, then there is a reason for a larger stage. However, the picture with 3 cubes visible would probably be plenty of room for that, or even the picture above that one (with 6 cubes visible).
But the first few pics? Does anyone really stay cammed out that far for a dance show?
Sound off, people! 😀