Over the years, the product segment of theatre and stage technology has developed into one of the main elements of Prolight + Sound. Thus, the last editions welcomed an increasing number of manufacturers of over-stage and under-stage machines, stages, grandstands, automation and curtain technology and specialised lighting and control desks for use in theatres. Once again, this product segment will be in Hall 12.0 where, for the first time, there will be a special lecture platform, the Theatre + Light Stage, with a programme especially for professionals from the theatre sector. There, companies can take part with demonstrations and workshops or hold lectures relevant to the subject. Moreover, Prolight + Sound is the venue for the presentation of the renowned Opus – German Stage Award.
Keynote Speech: Mikki Kunttu
Theatre + Light Stage, Tuesday 31. March, 16.30 hrs
Award-winning lighting set and content designer Mikki Kunttu will give a keynote speech. In this lecture, the designer will offer insights into his work and milestones of his career whereby particular emphasis will be given to his internationally acclaimed work on the ‘Swan Lake’ ballet at the Royal Danish Ballet. The initiator of the lecture and organisation partner is Lightpower GmbH, which will be represented by an extensive presentation at Prolight + Sound.
After the lecture, Mikki Kunttu will be available to answer questions from the audience.
About: Mikki Kunttu ‘Spectacular designs in Europe and around the world’
Finnish designer Mikki Kunttu has been active in the field of theatre, live-entertainment, television and visual arts since the end of the 1990s. In the course of his career, he has created the designs for over 100 modern dance productions. Moreover, Kunttu is also renowned for his work in the tour and concert sector with designs for artists such as Nightwish, Michael Monroe, Hanoi Rocks and Apocalyptica. For television, he was an influential member of the design teams for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, 2013 and 2016. Kunttu has also cooperated on visual-art projects, as well as lighting and projection installations, such as ‘Reflections’, ‘Oratoribus’ and ‘Grace’ for Helsinki’s ‘Season of Light’ Festivals from 2009 to 2011. He is the joint founder and initiator of the festival together with the City of Helsinki.
Mikki Kunttu has received numerous awards in the course of his career. They include the New York Dance and Performance Awards (‘Bessie Awards’) in 2006 and the Koura Award of the Finnish Broadcasting Company in 2007. At present, he lives in Canada, where he has created designs for Cirque du Soleil’s ‘ALEGRIA - In a New Light’, ‘Scalada: Stelar’ and ‘Vitori’.
Mikki Kunttu is the production designer (sets, lighting and video) for Finnish National Opera’s new production of Wagner’s ‘Ring’. The first of the four operas, ‘Das Rheingold’, opened in August 2019. The next ones are set to follow during 2020 and 2021.
Theatre and stage technology is a major cornerstone of growth at Prolight + Sound, which has now developed into a meeting place for all technical disciplines in the world of the stage and theatre. From stage and dance floors, platforms and grandstands, lifting gear, automation systems and curtain systems, theatre follow spots to special lighting and sound control consoles for use in theatres – the event covers the entire spectrum and provides an optimal contact point for manufacturers, decision-makers and engineers.