Cena#1: Peter Mumford (United Kingdom)


Desenhos de Cena #1 – 2016 – SESC Pinheiros

 “Light Paintings” is a series of 9 pieces in total, created originally for the Anglican  Cathedral of Guildford, Surrey, England – designed by Sir Edward Maufe and built between 1936 and 1961 –  to be forms of visual meditation, becoming small plays and narratives itself,thought the primordial elements of light and color. Having originally used on the creation of these ‘ paintings ‘ exclusively resources solely to lighting fixtures and color, without adding any digital image, being the result of these paintings captured and reproduced in a film. The installation is accompanied by sound composition presented in Desenhos de Cena: Cena #1 through headphones and inviting the audience to dedicate time and concentration in a way to achieve the meditation state proposed by the artist

Peter Mumford, originally studied stage design at Central School of Art (1960-66). After that he studied with Ralph Koltai, when he became a founding member of the experimental mixed media theater group Moving Being, where he designed sets, lighting and projections for a decade as a permanent member and beyond  that time on specific projects. His work has moved more into area of lighting design over ten years, although he still works as a set designer and has directed in both theatre and film. His work as a lighting designer is well known in ballet, drama and opera and is seen in companies worldwide.  “Recent theatre work includes Escaped Alone, The Wolf at the Door and Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court); Bull (Young Vic); Mr Foote’s Other Leg, A Christmas Carol; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; Donkey Heart; Stephen Ward and Top Hat (all West End); Little Eyolf, Ghosts (also West End/ BAM New York), among others. Opera and dance work includes Manon Lescaut, Werther, Madama Butterfly, Faust and Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera); Carmen (Royal Ballet/chor: Carlos Acosta); La Traviata (Glyndebourne); among others. Received numerous nominations and awards, including 1995 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for The Glass Blew In (Siobhan Davies) and Fearful Symmetries (Royal Ballet); 2003 Olivier Lighting Award for The Bacchai (National Theatre); 2010 Knight of Illumination Award for Sucker Punch (Royal Court); and the Helpmann Award and the Green Room Award in 2013 for King Kong.”  Peter has recently directed and designed concert stagings of The Flying Dutchman and The Ring Cycle for Opera North. The entire Cycle will  be seen in London’s Festival Hall in summer 2016.

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