Michael Hulls

(b. 1959)

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(b Warminster, 9 Mar. 1959)

British lighting designer. He trained in dance and theatre at Dartington College, and studied lighting design with Jennifer Tipton in 1992. Considered a choreographer or sculptor of light, his designs frequently overlay a patterned or sculpted effect onto the dance material. He has created over 20 works with choreographer Russell Maliphant, beginning with Unspoken (1995) and subsequently including Critical Mass (1999), Broken Fall (2003), Push (2005), and Eonnagata (with Sylvie Guillem and Robert Lepage, 2009), for which he received the 2009 Knight of Illumination award. Hulls has also designed the lighting for Jonathan Burrows (The Stop Quartet), Akram Khan (Rush), Laurie Booth, Javier De Frutos, and Dutch National Ballet, among others as well as lighting for contemporary music concerts and the theatre.

His works with Maliphant have received numerous awards including an Olivier and South Bank Show Dance Award. Channel 4 commissioned the 2006 documentary Light and Dance about the men's unique working relationship.

Subjects: Dance.

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