Lighting design for contemporary dance performance.
Homage is the final artistic project of the dancers graduating to BA from Theatre Academy (Teak).
Homage investigates the embodiment of emotions, what we carry in our bodies, our own histories, the history of dance. It is a homage to those that gave us life, those that taught us, to lovers and haters. It is a suggestion for practicing an emotional body.
Choreography: Janina Rajakangas Lighting design: Jenni Pystynen Sound design: Jouni Tauriainen Costume design: Maria Sirén, Ingvill Fossheim Dancers: Matilda Aaltonen, Ella Koikkalainen, Marika Peura, Aino Purhonen, Salla Rytövuori, Pauliina Sjöberg, Laura Sorvari, Anna Stenberg ja Jussi Suomalainen Production: OPTE/Teak Images: Sanni Siira
Sonja Jokiniemi Dampfzentrale Bern February 2016
Lighting design for performance art.
RRRRR is a solo by Sonja Jokiniemi investigating the schizophrenic aspect of our contemporary reality.
RRRRR is looking into hallucinatory, delusional and derailed structures used as choreographic starting points. This project moves somewhere between peripheral otherness, disembodied language, derailed threads of thoughts: virtual fantasy constructions, self-records, overlapping realities and confused truths.
Creation and performance: Sonja Jokiniemi Set design and dramaturgy: Miguel Angel Melgares Lighting design: Jenni Pystynen Sound design: Natalia Dominguez Rangel Production: Riikka Thitz
Janina Rajakangas Project The Place, London
Lighting and stage design for contemporary dance piece.
Dinosaur is a duet portraying the very human absurdity of a relationship between two people.
Love is the dinosaur that we look at all over again, an ancient fossil whose authenticity is constantly re-interpreted. Dinosaur is not interested in the dramatisation of emotions, but in the search for true love.
Choreography: Janina Rajakangas Performers: Karolina Kraczkowska and Robert Clark Lighting design: Jenni Pystynen Music: Roberto Sassi, Benni Hemm Hemm, Amiina, Stars Of The Lid Technical support with sound: Mishi Bekesi Costume advice: Alex Watson
Dinosaur is commissioned by The Place. Supported by the Embassy of Finland, DanceEast, TripSpace and Greenwich Dance.
Disa Krosness company February 2016
Lighting design for contemporary dance piece.
In a world of explained and intellectualised experience, Try Human longs for emotion and for a non-verbal bond between people – a bond from the inside out.
Try Human wants to relate through intuition and unravel a language that speaks directly to the viewer without having to be explained. It is the hope for communication through sensation, empathy and intimacy.
Choreography: Disa Krosness Performance: Emelie Wahlman, Elin Samuelsson & Moa Autio Lighting design: Jenni Pystynen Costume design: SaraLo Serra Production: Alma Ericsson
With support from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Swedish Arts Council & Stockholms Culture Administration. In collaboration with Danscentrum Stockholm
FIELD January 2016
Lighting design for a kinetic sculpture.
Spectra-3 is a 3m tall sculpture surrounded by animated lights and spatialised sound. A mirror disc moving on two axes, Spectra-3 creates a choreography of movement, light and sound, and illuminates its surroundings with dancing reflections. Like a technological artefact from a different world, Spectra-3 celebrates humanity’s inexhaustible optimism to advance technology, all with the aim of understanding our place in the universe.
Premiering during Lumiere London at a King’s Cross location, Spectra-3 draws the audience into a mesmerising space, to experience light as message, matter and energy. Spectra-3 is the third piece in FIELD’s Spectra series of physical-digital sculptures that create sensory experiences with light, kinetics and sound.
Creative direction: Marcus Wendt Project management: Maran Coates, Vera Glahn Programming: Jonas Otto, David Li Lighting design: Jenni Pystynen Sound design: Michael Fakesch Fabrication: Studio Makecreate Commission: Artichoke/Lumiere Festival
Spectra-3: Infinity + Latitude of Home
The Shard, London
Lighting design and project management for temporary architectural lighting installation.
The lighting installation was commissioned by The Shard for the festive season 2014. A different show was created for every evening from 19th December till the NYE, which featured a lighting spectacle extraordinaire.
Powerful, moving searchlights in the spire provided a colour wash for the structure but were also able to reach out as narrow beams of light. The weather was on our side it being very humid so that moisture in the air revealed the search light beams beautifully. In addition to them, there were LED floodlights on each window of the spire and on some West facing interior floors that were used for the animated effects.
Design: Jason Bruges Studio Production: PRG Lighting sponsor: SGM Show control and programming: dandelion & burdock, Flare Lighting
Interactive installation May 2014
Design to scheme design stage and project management of light based installation in Beijing.
The project was brought to Jason Bruges Studio by Foster+Partners who were the architects for this mixed use quarter in Beijing. The developers, Guo Rui, commissioned an exciting feature wall installation for the foyer of the main building.
After a long period of research we found the beautiful material properties of dichroic glass combined with animated lighting lent themselves to an aesthetic language of delicate beauty that suited the space well.
The artwork consists of 92 nodes, built from clear and dichroic glass. The light sources are embedded in the wall and the beams are directed onto the nodes using reflectors that pop through the wall surface like periscopes. The reflectors and node facets are carefully angled for the light to fall onto the wall surface through the node and to also reflect back, resulting as the two coloured light affect.
Client: Guo Rui development Architect: Foster+Partners Design: Jason Bruges Studio
Science Museum June 2016
Lighting design for exhibition
Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Somme and the huge medical and human impact of wounding during and beyond the First World War.
The visitors are taken through the gallery on a journey consisting of the interactive installation which is emulating the moment of wounding, followed by the chain of evacuation, returning home and the rehabilitation that the wounded would have required. The lighting is distinct for each part of the journey, simulating the light that would've existed in these different environments.
Exhibition design: Design Studio, Science Museum Project management: Lorraine Ward, Charmaine Perrin Lighting design: Jenni Pystynen Electrical contractor: SI Electrical Fabrication: MER Graphics: Echo House
Exhibition is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and The Eranda Rothschild Foundation
Detail of the diorama
A - B
Tartu Valgus Festival October 2016
Site specific light installation
A - B (a.k.a. Struve's pride) is a site specific light installation for Tartu Observatory. The artwork celebrates the achievement of 19th century astronomer Friedrich George Struve who was able establish the exact shape and size of planet Earth. Struve conducted a series of geodetic triangulation measurements from Hammerfest in Norway to Staro-Nekrasivka in Ukraine, roughly following the 26° E longitude. He carried out most his survey in Tartu Observatory.
A - B renders visible that very line Struve was tracing, also called Struve's Arc. The installation draws a line of different colour for each country the Arc crosses over, recognising the remarkable political will and international collaboration required to do the work.
Designer: Jenni Pystynen Structural design: Ben Tew Curation: Karin Bachmann, Elo Kiivet Festival director: Elo Liiv Fabrication: JAA Disain Production: Tartu Valgus
The work is kindly supported by Nordic Culture Point.
Science Museum February 2017
Lighting design for art installation
Giles Walker's Last Supper is a weird and wonderful performance of animatronics where the characters engage in dark dialogue.
The lighting for the piece had to be modified from the original candle-lit scene to a more museum friendly solution. To keep the warm tone of the candles we chose to use old-school filament lamps, hanging down on wires. The use of electric lighting also allowed us to control the lighting and use it to support the performative nature of the installation.
The educational installation is divided into four zones by themes of Wildlife, Forest, Marine and Freshwater. As visitors step inside the structures an audiovisual sequence starts and the experience is supported by the atmospheric, animated lighting. Located in WWF's new head office in Woking the installation aims to educate people about conservation and the valuable work the organisation does.
Commission: WWF Design: Jason Bruges Studio Build: Millimetre, Fulford Sound and Communication Services
Zones by near to far Forest, Fresh Water, Marine and Wildlife
V&A Christmas Tree
Victoria & Albert Museum December 2011
Lighting for Studio Roso’s Christmas Tree at Victoria & Albert Museum.
The Christmas tree is made from 3.3 miles of elastic cord and stands over four metres high. A total of 1500 individual strands were combined in groups of 10 to create the outline of a traditional Christmas Tree.
The tree was built in collaboration with James Shearer of Small Projects. Lighting: Jenni Pystynen Build: Georgi, Els, Pierrick, Hania, Natalie, Lee and Studio Roso
Of Family and Deer
Janina Rajakangas Project February 2014
Lighting design for contemporary dance piece.
A piece about the familiar and the unknown. About people and something else that remains alongside humanity. Devised in a residency on the mountains in North of Norway.
Choreography and direction: Janina Rajakangas Co-director: Neil Callaghan Lighting designer: Jenni Pystynen Music: composed by Roberto Sassi and Leo Koivistolainen, design Roberto Sassi with Janina Rajakangas Costume designer: GabrielaIbolya Gerdelics Performers: Disa Krosness, Said Dakash, Janne Aspvik and Neil Callaghan
Of family and deer was produced as part of Wilderness residency.
English National Ballet May 2013
Lighting design for English National Ballet's ground-breaking performance combining ballet with street dance.
Music Director: Danilo ‘DJ’ Walde Costume Design: Marlon ‘Swoosh’ Wallen, Jenna Lee & Wizzy Shawyer Set Design: Marlon ‘Swoosh’ Wallen,& Jenna Lee Projection Design: David Gardener Lighting Design: Jenni Pystynen
Maija Nurmio & Co. January 2015
Lighting and video projection design for contemporary dance performance
A piece of condolence for all the bereaved. At the same time - a celebration is in preparation.
Departures (Katoamisia) is an absurd, visually strong and dark solo dance piece, constructed of physical statements. It is investigating the means to deal with loss and the comfort of imagination.
The method for the visual design was to use projectors as unconventional light sources that could animate light, project textures as well as to use the performer as a canvas for the imagery.
Choreography and dance: Maija Nurmio Lighting and video designer: Jenni Pystynen Costume designer: Kirsi Gum Sound designer:Jouni Tauriainen
Katoamisia was produced in collaboration with Routa.
Easter Eggs Live
Channel 4 March 2013
Lighting for Easter Eggs Live television set.
The hatchery was specially built for Channel 4's Easter nature programme. The inspiration for the set and lighting was drawn from science fiction and had not only to set the right kind of scene but also support the detailed filming.
Set design: Jason Bruges Studio and David Gardener Production: Windfall Films Images: David Gardener
BBC Listening Project
Television advert March 2012
Design, build and programming of the illuminated names for the BBC Radio 4's Listening project television ads.
The concept of people speaking on the Listening project represented as their three-dimensional names was originated by Karmarama and the design worked in collaboration with them.
Director: Giles Revell Camera: Andy Taylor Smith Art direction: Jason Bruges Studio and Chris Williams Production: Red Bee Media
Beryl & Graham
Sasha & Paddy
Aircraft Circus June 2014
Performance created for Aircraft Circus’ Foundation Course end of term show. The concept for the visuality of the piece was to create a sense of mystery, the music acting as the main source of inspiration.
Performer: Jenni Pystynen Music: Bat For Lashes - Glass Lighting and projection: Jenni Pystynen Photographs: Robin Boot Photography At Hangar Arts Trust
Somerset House December 2011
Design, build and programming of Hemline installation for Fashion in Film Festival.
The work is a homage to Loie Fuller, a famous "skirt dancer" who was a pioneer of both modern dance and theatrical lighting techniques. The dancers skirt is created with volumetric projection onto water and as visitors enter the room where the installation is located the dancer starts her performance.
Design and production: Jason Bruges Studio, David Gardener Commission: Inga Fraser/ Fashion in Film Festival Images: James Medcraft
Yota Space December 2011
Installation design, build and programming for Yota Space media arts festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The installation consists of four consecutive transparent boxes filled with even haze. Video feed of the visitors is projected onto the containers and people can see their ghostly extruded figures appear like passersby in the old London smog.
Design and production: Jason Bruges Studio and David Gardener Commission: Yota Images: Laura Pannack