Arnim Friess

Arnim trained and worked as a photographer and audio-visual media designer in his native Germany, before moving to the UK to study Scenography, receiving an MA at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. He is the founder member of Pixelbox Ltd, which specialises in designing dynamic performance environments, blending lighting, motion graphics and video projection, animation and film-making. His lighting and projections have been seen not only in theatres around the world, but also in a zoo, a monastery, an abandoned pub and deep down in a cave in the Forest of Dean. Performances in the UK, China, Canada, the USA, Ireland, India, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Denmark have spanned diverse arts forms from theatre to opera and ballet via puppetry, Indian dance, experimental music and children’s shows.

Recent designs include: The Bloody Irish (Dublin, PSB syndicated United States), Lamentations (VokalKonsort Berlin, Cuenca), Look Back in Anger (Derby Theatre and Bolton Octagon), Wuthering Heights (The Gate, Dublin), Best Man (Everyman Cork), Alice in Wonderland (Polka Theatre), Shhh (C12 Dance -Theatre), Leviathan (Matadero Madrid), Stars in the Morning Sky (Belgrade Theatre), Piaf, Entertaining Mr Sloan and Hello Dolly (The Curve Leicester), Ghosts in the Walls for the RSC, Grandpa in my pocket (Nottingham Playhouse and touring), Gypsy and 42nd Street (The Curve Leicester), The Awkward Squad (Arts Theatre West End), Gullivers Travels (Dragonbreath Theatre), The Rememberers for Birmingham REP (with Apples&Snakes); For Talking Birds: We love you City (with Belgrade Theatre); Space Odyssey (with Orchestra of the Swan) and Forever in your Debt (with Foursight Theatre). For Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company: Wander (Hong Kong) and Take (Washington D.C.). Lucky Seven (Hampstead Theatre); The Death of Harry Leon (Ouroborus Theatre Dublin) and the National Holocaust Memorial Day in Coventry. For the Belgrade Theatre Coventry: Too Much Pressure, One Night in November; The Dark Side of Buffoon; Monged (with Fishambles, Dublin); Puntila and His Man Matti, The Mysteries and Rumpelstiltskin. The Suicide and An Inspector Calls (Theatr Clwyd). 

Past designs have been science-fiction opera The Pitchshifter for leading Dutch contemporary music ensemble Insomnia, award winning Rumblefish, Looking for JJ, Road and Lord of the Flies for Pilot Theatre, bricks-in-space spectacle Life on Mars (Legolands worldwide), the appearance of hundreds of angels inside St Paul’s Cathedral for the City of London Festival, Joe Guy (Soho Theatre); The White Album (Nottingham Playhouse), The Long Road (The Curve, Leicester); The Saint of Bleecker Street (Peacock Theatre West End); Amour for Oval Theatre London and the Dance-Centre Toronto, Mine, Moll Flanders, Metropolis and The Importance of Being Earnest (Kaos Theatre); Paradise (Birmingham Rep); Angels in America (Sheffield Crucible); Oliver (Liverpool Playhouse); Mozart’s Mass in C-minor (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette (Snap Theatre); The Wall, King and Philipp Glass’ Satyagraha (Midlands Arts Centre); Bryony Lavery’s Shot Through the Heart (Pentabus Theatre) and Hard Day’s Night  (Hull Truck Theatre Company).

Arnim also works as a photographer and graphic designer and lives in Warwickshire with his family. He enjoys playing drums and experimental cooking for fearless friends.

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