Gard Gitlestad

Lighting design for stage

kfQW - «Watch/2016»

Lighting design for the dance performance «Watch» by Karen Foss Quiet Works at Dansens Hus in Oslo – a performance which, to quote the choreographer, «involves further investigation into [...] unpredictability, speed and rampant exortion, shaped into a shifty and impatiently smouldering play».

The design was developed at during a residency at the Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts. It involved a forest of suspended LED tubes, as well as a lighting plot for a rather complex performance with six dancers and one cellist on stage, and a combination of choreographed and improvised dance.

Scenography by Susanne Irene Fjørtoft, music composed by Jostein Stalheim.

Performance still photos by Stein Jarle Nilsen

kfQW - «Wide/Clear/2018»

Lighting design, video design and scenography for the dance performance «Wide/Clear» by Karen Foss Quiet Works at Scenehuset in Oslo

The design explored the use of darkness and very strong contrasts, as well as translucent materials, to somewhat obfuscate things for the audience.

For most of the performance, the only light in the space came from three video projectors, projecting images onto pieces of translucent plastic film placed around on stage. This created zones of light and darkness that the dancers experimented with; in addition there were also contrasting quailities of light, with extremely hard raw projector light combined with the soft and diffuse light that resulted from the rear projections.

The projected video was based on photography by Stein Jarle Nilsen, slightly mangled by analog video glitch techniques. Music by Leon Muraglia.

Performance still photos by Stein Jarle Nilsen



Since 2016, I have worked with multidisciplinary musician BAYA on a variety of artistic and technical endeavours, ranging from integration of lighting in scenography and control systems engineering to live video synthesis.

The initial job was design and installation of lighting in the characteristic masks that are part of BAYA's scenography, as well as creating a control system that would let synthesizers, drums and DAWs control the light. This collaboration developed to include video synthesis for concerts and lighting for a music video.

The work with BAYA is still ongoing, and we are collaborating on further merging sound, space and light – still building on the DIY ethos, but further refining the aesthetics.

BAYA performing at Parkteatret, Oslo. Video synthesis by Gard Gitlestad, lighting console operation by Kyrre H. Karlsen.
BAYA performing inside the Langjökull glacier, Iceland. Video synthesis by Gard Gitlestad.