Michael Simon Light workshop, Prague, 09/12, Duncan Centre Conservatory
The workshop was organised by the Institute of Lighting Design (ISD) in cooperation with the ATI and 420PEOPLE and the New Stage of the National Theatre and supported by CNFB.
Michael Simon is a top international lighting designer, set designer, and director who gained renowned through his many years of cooperation with Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Heiner Goebbels, and Christof Nel. He currently teaches at the prestig- ious ZHdK Zurich.
Michael Simon studied stage design in Stuttgart in 1978-1981. As a student he was already doing performances at galleries in New York, which led him to an interest in lighting design. In 1981 in New York he introduced his work ‘’Memories Can’t Wait”, which he both wrote and directed himself. Since 1992, he has worked as a lighting artist mainly with William Forsythe (the choreographic works Gänge, LDC, Isabel’s Dance, Impressing the Czar). He then created stage designs for theatres in Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Freiburg, Wuppertal and Kiel. He worked with Jiří Kylián on the dance pieces Sint Joris rijd uit, Kaguyahime, Whereabouts Unknown, Wings of Wax, and the spectacular work of choreography Arcimboldo, performed in Prague in 2000.