Design for Performance
Hansjorg has designed lights for live performance since graduating from Goldsmiths in 1996, working his way up from the London Fringe to the West End. He works regularly with a handful of directors, and particularly enjoys exploring and developing theatre lighting as part of artistic collaboration and ensemble work, enabling lighting to become an integral and organic part of the production. Hansjorg has build up a strong portfolio for lighting both new and established musicals, through his work with directors, Phil Willmott and Clive Paget, and the development of new writing and devised work, through collaborating regularly with the clod ensemble, David Harradine, Anna Furse, and Tim Luscombe.
His work has been seen, in London, at Sadlers Wells, The Leicester Square Theatre, The Playhouse, The Young Vic, The Almeida, The Soho Theatre, The Arts Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith, The Finborough Theatre, The Gate and The Southwark Playhouse.
Away from London, at both the Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman Theatre, the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, The Lowry, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Mercury in Colchester, the New Vic Theatre in Stoke, Richmond Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Salisbury Playhouse, Watford Palace Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and the New Wolsey in Ipswich. In Germany, at the Theater der Welt 2005 festival in Stuttgart and the English Theatre in Frankfurt, as well as in venues across Europe and beyond.
Design for Environment
Hansjorg is a graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, holding a MSc in Built Environment: Light and Lighting. He is very interested in bringing his theatrical experience to the built environment, and his consultancies and projects so far have reflected this: At Goldsmiths College, temporary installations to light the main college fašade and the Presentation ceremonies were defined by infusing existing installations with some theatricality, adding dynamism and excitement to permanent installations by introducing carefully selected theatrical and architectural fixtures, and working closely with the clients to ensure a flexible and user controlled system that can change and adapt to the differing questions asked of an installation. At the Tower of London, Hansj÷rg was commissioned to provide lighting for the Fortress exhibition, with the particular brief to create a highly theatrical and dramatic visual experience for the visitors.
Hansjorg has also worked with Heart 'n Soul to develop a lighting installation for the Beautiful Octopus Club at the Albany and South Bank Centre, exploring ways to use lighting to provide a coherent visual style across all spaces of the venue, and to aid visitors' orientation, developing a 'luminous map', identifying routes around the building through colour and luminous intensity.
Mirroring his growing interest in architectural lighting projects, Hansjorg has started to use luminaires and technology used in the built environment in his theatre work, and to this end has built up good working relationships with two architectural lighting companies, Enliten and Universal Fibre Optics, asking both to supply site-specific theatre projects. Paul Simson at Enliten supplied Hansjorg with Calisto architectural luminaries to create a unique look for open air performances at the Scoop / More London Riverside. For the theatre-rites production, Hospitalworks, Hansjorg worked with Calum Tait at UFO to provide a tailor made fibre optics installation, transforming the venue at Maydays Hospital in Croydon and providing a striking centre point for the production. For his lighting design on the immersive theatre production Kursk and fevered sleep's Dusk, Hansj÷rg worked with Schnick Schnack systems on creating tailor made LED lighting systems to fit each show's very particular brief - to create a lighting system that could define and animate space in Kursk, and to create an organic and interactive light sculpture for Dusk.