Bueno Avi-Yona (Bambi), lighting designer

Bueno Avi-Yona (Bambi), lighting designer

was born in Israel. He designs lighting for all performing arts genres including installations, architectural, industrial and environmental projects. He started his career as a lighting designer for rock concerts and designed for lead Israeli singers and bands such as Ofra Hazza, Noa Nini, Tislam, Rita, Friends of Natasha and many more as well as for international artists like Nina Simone, Janis Ian, Dizzy Gillespie, Classics Nouveau, Memphis Slim, Louis Armstrong, Al Demeola, Chic Korea, Boney M and many others. In the 80s he moved to London where he worked for the Pink Floyd lighting company, Britannia Row Productions and designed for Meatloaf. He toured Europe with artists like Mike Oldfield, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, The Cure, the Commodores, Thompson Twins, Killing Joke and Go West. Upon his return to Israel he continued to design for rock artists and bands as well as for theatre, opera, and ballet. He began designing for all Israeli repertoire theater companies, fringe and experimental theatre. Today he is the resident lighting designer for three Israeli companies: the Bat Sheva Dance Company in which he worked for over two decades with artistic director Ohad Naharin, the Gesher Theatre (artistic director Yevgeni Arie) and Itim Ensemble (artistic director Rina Yerushalmi). Among the many plays he has designed lighting for in Gesher are Kfar, City,  A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tartuffe, the River, Three Sisters, the Slave, Six Character in Search of an Author and many more. For Itim he designed, among others, Romeo And Juliet, The Chairs, Myth, Three Sisters, The Dybbuk and other plays. He designed opera productions for Nice, Köln, Tokyo, Paris, Madrid, Bilbao and many other opera houses. Since 1992 he also designed lighting for dance performances in Israel and abroad including for Kullberg Ballet, Netherlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, Compania Nacional De Espania, Paris Opera Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Helsinki Opera Ballet, Hubbard Street, Chicago, Les Grand Ballet Canadian, Ballet Gulbenkian, Royal Danish Ballet and many others. Recently he designed the 60th  anniversary of the State of Israel Lighting up the Skies mega production involving over 300 xennons,60 high power lasers, 60 big hundreds frame high power slide projectors and fireworks.
For the Israeli Opera he designed many productions including Nabucco (Verdi), Cosi fan tutte. Don Giovanni (Mozart), Alfa and Omega, the Child Dreams (Shohat), Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni), Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), The Bartered Bride (Smetana), Tosca (Puccini), Macbeth (Verdi), La Cenerentola (Rossini) as well as the open air Caesarea productions of Turandot (Puccini), Elektra (R. Strauss) and Otello (Verdi).

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