Stage director and action designer Ran Arthur Braun made his Royal Opera debut in 2012 as movement director for Miss Fortune, directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, and returned in 2015 as fight and flight director for Welsh National Opera’s production of Peter Pan, directed by Keith Warner. He returned in the 2016/17 Season as fight director for Otello, directed by Warner.
Braun initially trained as a pianist and singer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Drama before studying stage direction at La Monnaie Opera Studio, Brussels. Since 2004 he has worked as a movement, aerial and fight director for leading European opera houses and festivals on more than a hundred productions. He is a member of the creative team behind Grosshopper: Aerial Stunt Combat System, was a jury member for the 2008 Artistic Fencing World Championships and was co-producer and co-director of the documentary Bartitsu – The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes. In 2007 he published his first book, La scherma scenica.
Credits as a director and designer include Trans-Maghreb (Bregenz Festival), Cyberiada (Poznan Opera), L’Enfant et les sortilèges and Le Rossignol (Teatr Wielki), La bohème (Estonian National Opera), Two Heads and a Girl (Settimana Musicale Senese Festival, world premiere), Faust (Opera North) and The Creation (Birgitta Festival). His awards include Polish Theatre Awards in 2013 and 2014.
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Welsh National Opera have been perfecting their 'Spiderman' and 'Matrix Walk' moves ahead of Peter Pan's London performances this summer.