Lighting basically refers to adding light to a room to improve performer visibility or reading conditions. Lighting can, however, be used for much more, such as storytelling or creating atmosphere.
“A good result does not come from hitting the light switch but from cooperation towards a common goal,” says Helsinki Music Centre’s lighting technician, Antti Silvennoinen.
Lighting design begins with analysing the text, music and event objectives.
For the first design meeting, Silvennoinen asks the customer to deliver a description of what is happening, where it happens and to whom it happens. Other required information is provided by a script, which can at its simplest be a music catalogue or list of speeches, performer information, and possible decorative elements in the room.