It's not every choreographer whose work is funded by Duracell, PepsiCo and Chemtex, but then few makers of movement share June Anderson's passion for light. This New York-based artist, who appears with her company Friday through Sunday at the Washington Project for the Arts, has filled her dances with battery-operated, chemical, neon and fluorescent lights and fireworks, too. Lights even figure in her costume designs.
Athough her means may be technological, Anderson's vision is a romantic one. These sources of illumination allow her to create worlds of fantasy, magical landscapes of motion, color, light and sound.
In "Mystical 7," blue, red and amber lights encircle the three performers' wrists and ankles, while white lights form masks across their faces and cascade down their backs in luminous strings. Accompanied by John Manchester's score for piano, violin and bells, each dancer moves to a separate rhythm, and with a different quality: One favors a swinging, looping style; another plays it even and geometric; the third opts for an erratic course. As they cross and recross the space, their glowing hues and patterns mesh.
For "Morning," Anderson has designed three huge murals -- 13 by 21 feet of rip- stop, translucent nylon -- depicting primordial figures in various positions. These murals are lit from behind, providing a mesmerizing backdrop for the trio of live figures engaged in their intricate, fluid movements, bathed in yet another lighting source.
Certainly the most ambitious of Anderson's projects is "Moondance." Originally an outdoor, nocturnal piece performed on a hillside sloping down to a pond, it's now a slide show of immense, gleaming proportions. Winner of the l981 Lumen Award for "excellence and meritorious contribution to the art and science of lighting," this epic features dozens of dancers and musicians blazing like lightning bugs in the night sky. JUNE ANDERSON/DANCE -- November 5 to 7 at 8, Washington Project for the Arts, 400 Seventh Street NW. $6, $5 students and over 65. 347-8304.