“LIGHT AS MATERIAL” WORKSHOP

“LIGHT AS MATERIAL” WORKSHOP WITH NANNI VAPAAVUORI

Monday 4 September: 11am – 3pm

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

JOMBA! guest and Finnish Lighting Designer Nanni Vapaavuori will hold a workshop for dancers and choreographers to explore and experiment with dance lighting on stage using different materials and their movement. Nanni Vapaavuori works with light and space, in direct hands-on collaboration with the concrete tactile material/ity of the light. She shifts the focus of her work from the distanced observer to a touching distance, working where the light happens. Somewhat in the same way that one might say that someone works “hands on clay”, she has worked a lot “hands in the light”.

 

  1. The first part of the workshop will introduce the basics of classical stage lighting. The different directions of light on stage will be experimented from three different participant roles: performer, audience and lighting designer.

 

  1. The second part of the workshop will provide an insight into the interaction between movement, light and materials. It will focus on concrete experiments and improvisations, exploring with reflective properties of different materials.

 

The aim of the workshop is to encourage participants to experiment freely with light, using the materials around them in a creative and open-minded way.

Participation in the workshop free and is based on interest and does not require previous experience in lighting.

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Please send a brief x350 word motivations as to why you want to do this stage lighting workshop.
  2. Please supply a head shot of yourself.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  MONDAY 31 July 2023 (by 5pm)

SEND CV (and support documents) TO: Thobile Maphanga

About Nanni Vapaavuori

Nanni Vapaavuori - Photo by Maikki_Kantola
Nanni Vapaavuori - Photo by Maikki_Kantola

Nanni Vapaavuori is a Finnish lighting designer and PhD researcher with a background as an interior architect. Her artistic work has spanned contemporary dance, contemporary music, performance art, new circus and installation in fourteen countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Currently, in Finland, she continues her long-term collaboration with choreographer Virva Talonen on a new performance piece Play (2023). Her approach to lighting design is both concrete and tactile, working in direct hands-on collaboration with the materials. Since 2019 Nanni Vapaavuori is working on her artistic doctorate on the material dimensions of light, in the Performing Arts Research Centre, University of the Arts Helsinki.