Light sleepers: Philips Hue rejuvenates Staatsballett dancers

With the aid of Philips Hue LED lighting in their sleep boxes, Staatsballet dancers get the sleep they need to rest and recover. Follow Caroline and other dancers as they strive for perfection, using every muscle, every bone and every emotion. Smart lights help them to rest and rejuvenate.

“Light sleepers: Philips Hue rejuvenates Staatsballett dancers” video transcript:

CAROLINE BIRD: We’re always striving towards perfection. We’re pushing our bodies to the absolute limit. I find myself thinking, ‘What can I do to really stand out from the others? What’s different inside of me?’

CAROLINE BIRD: My name is Caroline Bird. I’m 22 years old. I’m from New York, and I’ve been dancing with Staatsballett Berlin for 4 years.

CAROLINE BIRD: The corps de ballet is really the heart and the body of the ballet. We’re the swans, and we must always be in line and always move as one. Whereas the principal dancer is the star and she’s in the center and in the spotlight.

SARAH MESTROVIC: My name is Sarah Mestrovic. I’m a principal at the Staatsballett Berlin. The life of a ballet dancer demands iron discipline. I would say that is the most important quality a ballet dancer should have.
CAROLINE BIRD: Being a dancer requires every single muscle, every bone, every emotion. It’s rare that I don’t feel every part of me absolutely exhausted.

DR. CHRISTIANE THEOBALD: The Philips Hue Lighting system is of tremendous importance to the dancers. They come out of rehearsal full of adrenaline and go into the sleep boxes so they can literally “dim down.”

CAROLINE BIRD: At the Staatsballett we have sleeping boxes which is the perfect place for me to completely relax and rejuvenate my body.

SARAH MESTROVIC: It really helps me to fall asleep. I like that I can adjust the lighting myself depending on my personal preferences or the mood I want to create.

DR. CHRISTIANE THEOBALD: By activating the appropriate color spectrum, the dancer comes out feeling energized and ready for the next rehearsal. It’s incredibly organic, it’s a wonderful invention, and it’s of enormous benefit to us.

CAROLINE BIRD: It’s incredible how you can take yourself away just by light. It’s the perfect place to find quiet before the storm of the performance. I think it’s very natural for dancers because the light is what powers us on stage — it’s what puts us in the spotlight. Every dancer has to progress. You aspire to be the star because everyone wants their moment where the whole audience is just looking at you. It really is your whole life.

TITLE CARD: Light Sleepers: Berlin, Germany

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