Irish lighting designer Tom Visser makes his Royal Ballet debut in the 2016/17 Season on Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.
Visser was born to a theatrical family. He began his career in musical theatre and later turned to contemporary dance as a member of Nederlands Dans Theater. He began his career as a lighting designer in the mid-2000s and has since worked extensively as a designer for dance, working with companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Swedish Ballet, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Norwegian National Ballet, Ballet Vlaanderen, Sydney Dance Company, Göteborg Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Balé da Cidade de São Paulo.
Visser’s previous credits with Pite include The Seasons’ Canon (Paris Opera Ballet), Solo Echo, Frontier and Parade (Nederlands Dans Theater), Polaris (Sadler’s Wells) and Betroffenheit (Kidd Pivot). His work with other choreographers includes for Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger and Joeri Dubbe.
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Combining elements of classical ballet with a powerful sense of drama, Pite is one of today’s most talked-about choreographers.