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Halau Hula Ka No`eauBarb Thompson, aka BabsLights, is a lighting designer for dance. For ten years she served as resident lighting designer for Dance Alloy (Pittsburgh, PA) and designed annually for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She continues to serve as lighting designer for Halau Hula Ka No`eau (Kamuela, HI), and Southold Dance Theater (Southbend, IN). She has been nominated twice for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Artistic Achievement Awards for lighting design. She is Production Manager for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. 

Photo of Halau Hula Ka No`eau

Barb runs her own web site highlighting dance lighting design and Pittsburgh's local dance events and companies. Visit the site at www.lightingdance.com or drop by the Pittsburgh Dance Scene and see what's happening in dance in Western PA. She also maintains a web presence for Halau Hula Ka No`eau.

Photo of Translocations:What If  by Sarah Higgins


Behind the scenes she has worked with many regional and national companies including Miami City Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, and served as production lighting designer for the 1998 Region Dance America Festival, Northeast Division, where she had the pleasure of working with Alun Jones.

Photo of Roots/Crossroutes  by B. Thompson


Designing original works commissioned by Dance Alloy allowed her to collaborate with many of today's top contemporary choreographers, including: Sarah Skaggs, Ann Carlson, David Roussève, Sean Curran, Elizabeth Streb, Tere O'Connor, Mark Taylor, and David Dorfman. 

Photo of Union Hall  by Cylla Von Tiedemann


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