Lighting Design completed for a Royal Opera Concert broadcast live worldwide from Covent Garden on the 4th of September. For this event the seating was removed from the stalls and the floor carpeted to create an acoustically decent and socially distanced space for the full orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano. The event was an online and critical success while also viewed by a select group of observers distanced in the higher tiers of the theatre. Congratulations to Ollie Mears and the ROH Company for bold programming and great thanks to Kit Withnail’s team and Bernie Davies who expertly assisted for camera exposure and broadcast.
The Oslo National Theatre production of Happy Days has been revived as one of the first plays to open in this post-lockdown period. In many ways an ideal distanced play and topical for these times. Wishing the cast and everyone connected to the theatre the best of luck for the new performances.
Happy Days opened in Oslo on February 14th 2020 to great acclaim with the performance of Anne Krigsvoll particularly noted in reviews. Many thanks to Anne-Karen and Milja and all the team at the National Theatre for making the piece such a special event.
Happy Days by Samuel Beckett is presently rehearsing in Oslo for a premiere at the Norwegian National Theatre on February 14th. Directed by Anne-Karen Hytten and Designed by Milja Salovaara.
The Ayad Akhtar play “Disgraced” renamed “Krenket” in Oslo opened to great acclaim on August 31st at the Norwegian National Theatre. Directed by Marit Moum Aune, and designed by Siri Langdalen. Great thanks to all of the exceptional team at the theatre. Some some images have been added to the Works page gallery.
The first part of The Dante Project - Inferno - is currently being made at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles premiering on July 12th 2019. It is a new full length ballet creation of the Divine Comedy with Choreography by Wayne McGregor, music from Composer Thomas Ades and scenery and costumes by the artist Tacita Dean. The lighting for Inferno is a Co-Design with Lucy Carter. Paradise and Purgatory will be created in London and premiered in March 2020 with lighting by Lucy Carter.
Rehearsal have begun for the Norwegian National Theatre production of Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. A powerful award winning one act play tackling identity and racism against the backdrop of Eastern, Islamic and American politics and traditions. To open in August 2019.
Directed by Marit Moum Aune
Designed by Siri Langdalen
Lighting by Simon Bennison
Costume by Ingrid Nylander
A new production of The Lady from the Sea - Ibsen. Is about to begin rehearsing for a February premiere at The Print Room. The work will be performed in Norwegian and English and is a co-production with the Norwegian Ibsen Company directed by Marit Moum Aune and designed by Erlend Birkeland.
For the Best Ballet section of the Helpman Awards this year, three quarters of the nominations and the winner was work by Lucy Carter and Natasha Katz recreated by Simon Bennison. Congratulations to Australian Ballet winning for their production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Congratulations to Headspace Dance Company for all their hard work setting up a new Company curated to the highest standards. Many thanks to Charley, Chris and Clemmie.
The Gare St Lazare production of How It Is Part 1 opened on Friday in London at The Print Room Theatre in Notting Hill. A continuing collaboration after previous productions of Title and Deed, and a Beckett Festival.
Here All Night for Gare St Lazare opened last week at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin prior to a tour of Ireland. The production is using the Brian O’Doherty sculpture from the installation, “Hello Sam”, previously installed in the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
The ballet Baiser de la Fée performed by Scottish Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre from October 2017, is currently available for the next three weeks on the arts section of BBC iPlayer. There is also the opportunity to see the powerful Christopher Hampson Rite of Spring, also uploaded to view.
The Scottish Ballet Le Baiser de la Fée was recently performed at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden as part of the Kenneth MacMillan National Celebration.
The Balanchine piece Tarantella was recently taken into the repertoire of the Royal Ballet Season 2016-17. Lighting designed by Simon Bennison.
New lighting design commission for a Twyla Tharp piece with the Royal Ballet. She will be reworking an earlier work ‘As Time Goes By’ with additional choreography to create a new piece called ‘The Illustrated Farewell’. Set to a Haydn symphony the original work was lit by Jennifer Tipton which will be recreated and new lighting designed for the new dance passages. Due to premiere early November in London at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
A second version of Le Baisir de la Fée will be designed in a year, this time for Scottish Ballet. The choreography will be Kenneth MacMillan and a revival as part of the Macmillan Celebration being performed around the UK and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. The sets and costumes are by Gary Harris.
Currently in production week for a new version of the Stravinsky ballet Le Baisir de la Fée. Choreographed by Vyacheslav Samodurov, Set Design by Anthony Macilwaine and lighting by Simon Bennison. Opening night May 25th.
The Ekaterinburg Ballet production of Romeo & Juliet won “Best New Ballet Production” at the Golden Masks in April 2017. Choreography - Viacheslav Samodurov, Set - Anthony Macilwaine, Lighting - Simon Bennison.
The Golden mask performance of Romeo & Juliet is tonight. Wishing the best of luck to Slava, Klara and the Ballet Company.
The full length ballet Ondine for the Bolshoi Ballet has been nominated for a Golden Mask award in Best Choreography for Viacheslav Samodurov.
There is to be a Lighting Masterclass for the UWS in Autumn 2017, at the invitation of Trent Kim BA | MA | MRes | FHEA for the Technical Theatre Department. More details to follow through the University site.
The full length ballet Romeo & Juliet for Ekaterinburg Ballet has been nominated for Golden Mask awards in Best Choreography and Best Set Design for Viacheslav Samodurov and Anthony Macilwaine respectively. The piece will be performed in Moscow as part of the Festival programme.
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