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Urs Schönebaum

Lighting Designer

After completing a photography apprenticeship in Munich, he worked with Max Keller as a part of the lighting department of Münchner Kammerspiele. From 1998 he was an assistant director for productions at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Lincoln Center New York, and Münchner Kammerspiele until in 2000 he took up work as a lighting designer for opera, theatre, dance, art installations and performances. He has participated in over 200 productions at major theatres with directors such as Pierre Audi, Laurent Pelly, Damien Jalet, Sacha Waltz, Thomas Ostermeier, La Fura dels Baus, Michael Haneke and was a long-standing collaborator of Robert Wilson. His credits also include lighting designs for art projects with Vanessa Beecroft, Anselm Kiefer, Dan Graham, Taryn Simon, Soundwalk Collective, William Kentridge and Marina Abramović. Since 2012 he has worked as a set designer and stage director. He designed and directed the operas Jetzt, What Next? and Happy Happy (Opéra National de Montpellier), and directed and designed Act II of the Walküre Project (Staatsoper Stuttgart). His set and lighting designs include Bomarzo (Teatro Real), Aus Licht (Holland Festival), Apocalypse Arabe (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence), Klangwolke 22 (Linz) and Bastarda! (La Monnaie).

Last updated: 9th November 2023