On Monday, 29 May at 7 p.m., the Nikos Kourkoulos Stage in the Ziller Building will host a public discussion entitled A Conversation About Light, during which the multi-award-winning American lighting designer Jennifer Tipton will talk to the internationally acclaimed Eleftheria Deko about the inspiration, challenges, passion and magic of light in the theatre and in life.
Jennifer Tipton, short bio
Jennifer Tipton, (born September 11, 1937), is a well-known American lighting designer. She has designed for dance, theater, and opera. She was born in Ohio and attended Cornell University where she majored in English. After graduation, Tipton went to New York to study dance.
She has designed lighting on many dance performances and plays for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jiří Kylián, Dana Reitz, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Dan Wagoner, and Trisha Brown, among others.
Tipton also taught lighting, from 1981 to 2021, at Yale School of Drama and trained many lighting designers.
In 2001, she was awarded The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The Jerome Robbins Prize in 2003 and the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture in New York City in April 2004. In 2008, she became the United States Artists Gracie Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow.
Eleftheria Deko, short bio
As a lighting designer, she has designed the lighting for more than 500 theatrical plays, opera, music, multi media shows, dance performances, art installations and exhibitions as well as for numerous architectural lighting schemes. A significant moment in her career has been the participation in the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, as a lighting designer and lighting director, and the EMMY award for “Outstanding Lighting Direction” from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 2004-2005 primetime Emmy awards.
She has given lectures and master classes on lighting for both Architectural and Stage lighting. Since 2005 is Assistant Professor at the Theater Department of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, teaching Stage Lighting.
In 2000, she founded the Eleftheria Deko & Associates Lighting Design studio. Since then, Eleftheria Deko and Associates have been designing, studying and realizing, lighting of a high aesthetic value, for both public and private spaces, residences, museums and monuments. Probably, the most acclaimed project of the studio is the lighting of the Acropolis of Athens and its monuments, which has been awarded with 3 [d]arc Awards for the best of the best lighting.
The Eleftheria Deko & Associates Lighting Design studio is also responsible for the façade lighting of the Athens International Airport New Extention, and the Architectural Lighting of the Onassis Foundation Library.
The discussion will be in English.
Entry will be free, with tickets available from 5 p.m. at the Ziller Building box offices.
Latest updated: 25/05/2023