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Simon Bennison

Lighting designer


British lighting designer Simon Bennison is a Lighting Manager for the Royal Opera House. His many designs for The Royal Ballet include Tarantella, Ballo della regina, Elizabeth, The Lesson, Renard, Les Lutins, Carousel, Consolations and Liebestraum, Non-linear Interactions, Tric-Trac and Caught Dance. As associate to Lucy Carter he lit Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 and Raven Girl. He also lit the Life Reimagined gala and in the Linbury Studio Theatre Three and Four Quarters and If Play Is Play... (HeadSpace Dance) and New Works 2009 and 2010.

Work away from the Royal Opera House includes Ondine for the Bolshoi Ballet, Romeo and Juliet for Ekaterinburg Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Le Baiser de la fée for Scottish Ballet and Perm Ballet, In a Minor Key for the Mikhailovsky Ballet and many pieces with Cathy Marston for The Royal Ballet and Bern Ballet. Designs for other companies and work in association with Wayne McGregor include works for the Mariinsky Ballet, The Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Polish National Ballet, Darmstadt State Ballet and George Piper Dances. He has also worked with choreographers including Kim Brandstrup, Emma Diamond, Shobana Jeyasingh, Claire Russ and Will Tuckett. He has also list numerous plays and operas.

Bennison’s award nominations include in 2011 a Golden Mask Award for In a Minor Key and in 2004 a Scottish Theatre Critics Award for Scenes from an Execution. He studied music, architecture, lighting design and design.