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Lighting design for Requiem, 2008

Lighting design for Requiem,  2008

Internationally acclaimed New Zealand lighting designer Helen Todd has worked with Samoan-born choreographer Lemi Ponifasio, founder of MAU dance and theatre company, since 1993. For the 2008 production, Requiem, she created a design that could be toured internationally. She says, 'Requiem requires a sacred space, for ceremony and remembrance. It requires an edge of darkness that inspires prayer, or reflection on inflicted loss of life. I try to define territorial zones that shift us, hovering between reverence and fear, where humans and even angels should tread only tenderly.'

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Bill Guest, 'Theatre design - Costume, lighting and sound design', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Bill Guest, published 22 Oct 2014