No matter what the production, there must be lighting for the show to go on. But there are other possibilities for such technical wizardry besides illuminating a stage, building up atmosphere, and signalling changes in space or time. For award-winning British lighting designer Michael Hulls, it is this dazzlingly immersive tribute to the vanishing tungsten light bulb, a choreographic masterpiece – minus the dancers – for audiences to interact with and experience by going on to the stage themselves.
Hulls, who frequently works with renowned dancers Akram Khan and Sylvie Guillem, first devised the LightSpace installation-cum-production for UK dance hub Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2016, designing eye-catching bulb chandeliers that brighten and dim alongside a compelling musical score, startling arrays of lasers, and spotlight scenarios delivering a true light fantastic. In Hong Kong, Hulls will make full use of the advanced rigging system in Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium to offer audiences an exhilarating sensory journey.
For Sadler's Wells, Head of Producing and Touring: Bia Oliveira
Photo: Stephen White