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Castaingt Laurent, Lightning designer

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French designer Laurent Castaingt was drawn to theatre, and more particularly to lighting design from a very early age.

For over 25 years now, he has been working both in theatre and opera, with a determined will to
diversify his professional experiences as much as possible. He has thus
designed lighting for many different directors, and developed his collaboration
with a chosen few of them: Alfredo Arias, Bernard Murat, Jean-Claude Berutti,
René Loyon, Jean-Louis Grinda, Richard Brunel, and of course Jean-Claude
Auvray, whom he has established a prolific and close partnership with, over
the last few years (Ernani, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Un Ballo in Maschera
and Eugen Onegin)
In his search for diversity, he also worked for outstanding and contrasting
personalities such as Hideyuki Yano, Karel Reisz, Roman Polanski, Alain Delon,
Gérard Desarthe and François Marthouret, Sylvie Testud, Laure Duthilleul, Madeleine
Marion, Pierre Barrat and Marie-Noël Rio, Pierre Ascaride, Stephan Grögler, Michèle
Bernier or Vincent Delerm, to list but a few.
His research upon the texture of light, space and Nature, also led him to work
for Geneva Trees and Lights Festival in 2005 (Live Barks), and with designer
François Schuitten for Planet of Visions at the Hannover Universal Exhibition
2000.
Over the last ten years, his work on lighting design has expanded into set
designing for the following stage-directors: Jean-Louis Grinda (Hoffmann’s Tales in
Monaco, Hong-Kong and Naples, Duello Amoroso in Monaco and Bordeaux,
Tannhauser in Monte Carlo), Elsa Rooke (Britten’s Midsummer Nightʼs Dream,
Suza’s Transformations and Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, in Lausanne), and
Marguerite Borie (Salome in Monaco, Liège and Wien’s Volksoper, Boesmans’s
Reigen and Giulio Cesare for Paris CNSM).
Laurent Castaingt was nominated three times for the Best Lighting by the
Molière Academy.

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