News: iTMOi wins Knight of Illumination theatre lighting award

Monday 7 October 2013

Akram Khan - iTMOi (In The Mind Of Igor). Image: John Ross

Fabiana Piccioli’s lighting design for Akram Khan’s iTMOi (In The Mind Of Igor) at Sadler’s Wells has won a prestigious Knight of Illumination Award.

The awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate outstanding achievements in British TV, Theatre, Concert Touring and Live Event lighting design. The winners are chosen by panels of professional reviewers who work in each of the sectors.

Picciloi’s lighting for the performance “casts a rich glow over everything,” (Zoë Anderson) with “a sombre, gothic emphasis on darkness in a way that enriches a production without blurring” (Graham Watts). Also shortlisted for the award were Damien Cooper & Matt Cox for The Oracle at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Jean-Philippe Roy for Sideways Rain at Sadler’s Wells

Previous award winners include Lucy Carter for Chroma (2008), Michael Hulls for Eonnagata (2009), James F. Ingalls for L’allegro (2010), Charles Atlas for Tate Project (2011) and David Finn for Sweet Violets (2012).

It’s been the most popular Knight of Illumination awards to date with an unprecedented number of submissions across the categories,” says KOI Co-ordinator Durham Marenghi. “This year KOI organisers have been inundated with submissions of stunning lighting design work, all of which deserve the highest recognition for their creativity.”

Other winners of the 2013 awards include Jean Kalman for Death in Venice at the English National Opera, Charles Balfour for The River at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, and Patrick Woodroffe for the 2012 London Olympics Ceremonies.

For more information about the awards and this year’s winners, see

Image: John Ross

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