Olli-Pekka Koivunen

Olli-Pekka Koivunen was born in 1962 in Hämeenlinna, Finland, where he was actively involved in amateur theatre from the age of sixteen. In 1978 he created his first lifting and set design. He worked as an electrician at the Finnish National Opera (Finnish National Opera), he lighted the stage of the Lilla Teatern theatre in Helsinki, in 1985, he accepted the position of head lighting designer of a theatre in Hämeenlinna City, where he worked with a number of theatre directors (e.g. Matti Kuikkaniemi or Hannu Tyhtilä). He was also helped to design the lifting technology for the new theatre space Studionäyttämö. Since 1994, he worked as the head lighting designer at the Finnish National Opera, where he focused on lighting dance productions. He has participated in the staging of more than eighty titles. He designed lighting for choreographers such as Jorma Elo, Jorma Uotinen, Glen Tetley, Javier Torres, Sami Saikkonen, Susanna Leinonen or Marilena Fontoura. As a result of the reconstruction of the Finnish National Opera in 2007, he gained access to state-ofthe-art technology, such as design and lighting scenes using 3D, Wysiwyg or MA desk lighting. He is very interested in all theatre forms, and he enjoys working with theatrical and visual means of expression and looking at ways to develop them further.