The Art of Light on Stage

Award-winning performance designer Yaron Abulafia has designed over 200 performances, installations, concerts and TV shows internationally. He has designed for Staatsballett Berlin, English National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj-Napoca in Romania, Rambert Dance Company, Opera Ballett am Rhein Dusseldorf, Compañía Nacioanl de Danza Spain and Ballet BC in Vancouver – to mention but a few.

In his book The Art of Light on Stage, Abulafia focusses on the new tendencies of lighting design for contemporary ‘post dramatic’ performance, approaching lighting design from semiotic and phenomenological perspectives, with reference to cognitive studies and the arts. Abulafia introduces a conceptual framework for the analysis of the bodily experience, the meaning and the autonomy of light in contemporary performance, considering light as a performer and the ‘sculptor’ of spatial perception. In his academic writings – as well as in his performance designs – Abulafia explores the ‘performativity’ of light, examines the boundaries of its autonomy from the narrative and works to interweave dramaturgy of light along with the creation of other media in the performance.

Abulafia is in-demand visiting lecturer in universities and art academies around the world. He holds a PhD, Masters degree in Scenography, and B.A. in theatre studies. Abulafia was honoured to take part as a jury member in the most distinguished international exhibition of performance design – World Stage Design 2013 – organized by OISTAT once in 4 years.


The event will be held in English.