Shadow Sail Theatre at the Oregon Eclipse Festival!

Sparks Designs set up an immersive kinetic shadow environment within the pines of Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco National Forest. Put on by 13 collaborating international events, the week long Oregon Eclipse Festival had approximately 40,000 attendees gather to witness the eclipse!

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A haunting forested still from a shadow short created by Islando and Heather Sparks

Shadow Pop Up Book

A little Flashlight magic lights up pages of a shadow pop up book I just finished creating for Nayana Fielkov and Isabelle Kirouac's exquisite performance "Habitats".

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Shadow Screens at Beloved's Vote for Dancing

Shadow Sail Theatre was set up as an interactive shadow lounge alongside main stage at Beloved Festivals "Vote For Dancing". Found materials, including lace, glass, recycled colored plastics, translucent diffraction film, and intricate paper cuts were transformed into projected works of art to create lyrical shadow environments. Shadow hosts invoked revelers to don paper lace masks to join the shadow scene as animated silhouettes.

*Plasma cut aluminum tree screens by SparksDesigns. Poetry paper-cuts and paper lace masks by Heather Dawn Sparks*

Prayers Illuminated

I've been working with talented aerialist Noa Schnitzer as of late to create and direct a series of shadow sequences for her new one woman show. Her show reflects on prayer, engaging the conversations that straddle the worlds of habit and change.


*Ink etched poetry in hebrew, paper-cut set and puppet pieces by Heather Dawn Sparks* 

Teleidoscopic Studies

Sky with rainwater, blue plastic, glass crystals on artist's desk, textiles, moss, Autumn Joy Stonecrop in flower, Chamomile, textiles.

A teleidoscope uses mirrors, a lens, and an open view to form fractured patterns from objects outside the instrument. Unlike kaleidoscopes, they have no object-case, rather the object is the world surround. 

*Photo Studies by Heather Dawn Sparks*

Shadow Sail Theatre Wins Burning Man Global Arts Grant!

Big News! Shadow Sail Theatre became one of eighteen internationally selected works of interactive art to win the Burning Man Global Arts Grant. This grant is dedicated to projects outside of the annual Burning Man event that bring interactive, community building and cutting edge art to the streets. Winners of the grant spanned locations throughout the U.S. as well as Czech Republic, France, England, and the Philippines. 

*Plasma cut aluminum tree screens by SparksDesigns. Shadow Dancers Drea Lusion and Heather Dawn Sparks*

Micro Theatre "Soon this Space will be too Small"

Immersive theatrical environments featuring stilt houses from snips of cardboard, clouds made from paper, black paper thorns and barbwire fencing, whispy fabric with a little light, a little magic, a whole lot of shadow.

From the micro theatre project "Soon the Space Will Be Too Small". Part of a series of immersive art environments animated by intimate performances that overtook the dark recesses beneath the Cultch Theatre in Vancouver, BC. A collaboration between visual artists: Alicia Cha, Caroline Ballhorn, Brodie Kitchener, Jordan Bent, Heather Sparks and an additional cast of performers from the Dusty Flowerpot.