Photograph from Silica - lighting design by Azusa Ono
Photographer: Mark Newton | From the show Silica
Photograph from Madmen in the Courtyard - lighting design by Azusa Ono
Photographer: MTC | From the show Madmen in the Courtyard
Photograph from The Sake - lighting design by Azusa Ono
Photographer: Roberto Ricciuti | From the show The Sake
Photograph from The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock - lighting design by Azusa Ono
Photographer: Kayleigh Hunt | From the show The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock
Photograph from BLUE ORANGE - lighting design by Azusa Ono
Photographer: Simon Bond | From the show BLUE ORANGE
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Azusa Ono

Azusa has been creating lighting design for a range of live performances and art forms, challenging the boundary of the theatre frame by widening & shifting the perspective through lighting. She enjoys the process of collaboration with creatives. To inspire each other’s element is the best ingredient to a show. She trained fine arts in Japan and lighting design at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 2003-07.

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
BLUE ORANGE Theatre Birmingham Rep
Birmingham Rep
Lighting Designer Director: Daniel Bailey
Set designer: Amelia Jane Hankin
Feb 2019
Lao Can Impression Theatre Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, then touring
Chinese Arts Now
Lighting Designer Director: An-Ting Chang
Jan 2019
Crash Dance Winterville
Chivaree Circus
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Laurane Marchive
Nov 2018
Love Lies Bleeding Theatre The Print Room, London
The Print Room
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Mcnamara
Set designer: Lily Arnold
Nov 2018
Thick As Thieves Theatre Theatre Clwyd, then touring
Clean Break
Lighting Designer Director: Roisin McBrinn
Set designer: Alyson Cummins
Oct 2018
Aurora Environmental Toxteth Reservoir
Invisible Flock
Lighting Designer Director: Victoria Pratt
Sep 2018
Abandon Theatre Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Hammersmith
Lighting Designer Director: Anne-Louise Sarks
Jun 2018
SMACK THAT Theatre Pit Theatre, Barbican Centre, then touring
Rhiannon Faith Company
Lighting Designer Set designer: Amelia Jane Hankin Jun 2018
Concubine Theatre The Door Birmingham REP
Birmingham Rep / Andrew Welch
Lighting Designer Director: Daniel Bailey
Set designer: Claire Browne
May 2018
Effigies of Wickedness Opera Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London, UK
ENO & The Gate Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Ellen McDougall
May 2018
Hotei Live Streaming Concert British Grove Studio
DADA Music
Lighting Designer Mar 2018
TATE LIVE EXHIBITION - TEN DAYS SIX NIGHTS Environmental TATE MODERN - TANKS
Tate Modern
Lighting Designer Director: Joan Jonas
Mar 2018
Yvette Theatre Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, then touring
China Plate
Lighting Designer Director: Gbolahan Obisesan
Set designer: Giorgia Joseph
Mar 2018
MOOT MOOT Theatre The Yard Theatre, then touring
Rosana Cade
Lighting Designer Director: Rosana Cade and Eilidh MacAskill
Jan 2018
Cuttin' It School Tour Theatre London Schools, then touring
Royal Court Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Set designer: Joanna Scotcher
Jan 2018
Illuminight Environmental Tabacco Dock
Cross Media Ltd.
Lighting Designer Director: Naotaka Haga
Nov 2017
KAIROS Opera V&A Museum, London
Anat Ben -David
Lighting Designer Director: Anat Ben -David
Jul 2017
Becoming Invisible - Art Night Environmental Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge
Whitechapel Gallery
Lighting Designer Director: Ian Whittlesea
Jul 2017
Theo Adams Environmental Hoi Polloi - Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Theo Adams
Lighting Designer Director: Theo Adams
Jun 2017
KILLER Environmental Shoreditch Town Hall (site specific)
Shoreditch Town Hall
Lighting Designer Director: Jamie Lloyd
Set designer: Soutra Gilmour
Feb 2017
The Sissy's Progress Dance Artsadmin Lighting Designer Choreographer: Nando Messias
Oct 2016
Shoot the Sissy Theatre Chelsea Theatre
Nando Messias
Lighting Designer Director: Nando Messias
Oct 2016
DARKNESS, DARKNESS Theatre Nottingham Playhouse
New Perspectives Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Mcnamara
Set designer: Ruth Sutcliffe
Sep 2016
Cuttin' It Theatre Young Vic (Maria), then touring
Young Vic
Lighting Designer Director: Gbolahan Obisesan
Set designer: Joanna Scotcher
May 2016
The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories Theatre Nottingham Lakeside, then touring
New Perspectives Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Mcnamara
Set designer: Amelia Jane Hankin
Feb 2016
Miki Imai Concert Concert Cadogan Hall
DADA Music
Lighting Designer Director: Tomoyasu Hotei
Jan 2016
I Know All The Secrets In My World Theatre Latitude, then touring
Tiata Fahodzi
Lighting Designer Director: Natalie Ibu
Set designer: Alyson Cummins
Jul 2015
Dot, Squiggle and Rest Opera Royal Opera House, then touring
Polka Theate
Lighting Designer Director: Joy Haynes
Set designer: Michalis Kokkoliadis
Jun 2015
Peddling Theatre Arcola Theatre
HighTide Festival Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Steven Atkinson
Set designer: Lily Arnold
Mar 2015
Playland Theatre Derby Theatre, then touring
New Perspectives
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Mcnamara
Set designer: Hyemi Shin
Feb 2015
Miki Imai Concert Concert Cadogan Hall
DADA Music
Lighting Designer Jan 2015
How Nigeria Became a Story and a Spear that Didn't Work Theatre Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Gbolahan Obisesan
Oct 2014
The Sake Theatre New Town Theatre
Den Entertainment
Lighting Designer Director: David Junya Yamada
Set designer: Hiroko Matsuo
Aug 2014
Peddling Theatre New York 59E59, then touring
HighTide Festival Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Steven Atkinson
Set designer: Lily Arnold
Apr 2014
We Are Proud to Present... Theatre Bush Theatre
Bush Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Gbolahan Obisesan
Set designer: Lisa Marie Hall
Feb 2014
The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock Theatre Curve Theatre Leicester, then touring
New Perspectives
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Mcnamara
Set designer: Juliet Shilligford
Sep 2013
Three Colours Theatre Polka Theatre, then touring
Polka Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Joy Haynes
Set designer: Michalis Kokkoliadis
Jun 2013
Unto The Breach Theatre Artsdepot (Pentland Theatre)
Alzaytouna
Lighting Designer Director: Ahmed Masoud
Nov 2012
The Word for Snow Theatre Southbank Centre, Parcell Room Lighting Designer Director: Jack Mcnamara
Jul 2012
Little Sunshine Little Rainfall Theatre Artsdepot, then touring
A Thousand Cranes
Lighting Designer Director: Vicky Ireland & Kumiko Mendl
Jun 2012
7 Day Drunk Theatre Soho Theatre, then touring
Bryony Kimmings
Lighting Designer Director: Bryony Kimmings
Mar 2012
Angoscia Dance The Place
Divo
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Olga Masleinnikova
Feb 2012
Copyright Christmas Theatre Barbican Centre
Duckie
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Whitelaw
Set designer: Robin Whitmore
Dec 2011
Fanfared Environmental Sheffield Theatre - The Crucible
Invisible Flock
Lighting Designer Director: Victoria Pratt
Nov 2011
Fallen Fruit Theatre Trestle Arts Base, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Katherina Radeva
Oct 2011
When the Chickens Come Home to Roost Theatre Brixton Empire Lighting Designer Director: Daljinder Singh
Set designer: Fausto Izzi
Oct 2011
Halcyon Days Theatre Riverside Studios
W-Squared Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Shoji Kokami
Set designer: Lone Schackensen
Aug 2011
Tarka the Otter Opera Pavilion Arts Centre
Buxton Arts Festival
Lighting Designer Director: Robin Tebbutt
Set designer: Richard Aylwin
Jul 2011
How Happy We Would Be Dance Dilston Grove & Tate Modern, then touring
Corali Dance Company
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Jacobus Flynn
May 2011
Choreogata Dance Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, then touring
Akademi
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Revanta Sarabhai, Anusha Kedhar & Ankur Bahl
Apr 2011
Keeping Mum Theatre Brockley Jack Studio Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Rebecca Manson Jones
Mar 2011
The Best of The Little Big Woman Theatre Oval House Theatre, then touring
Dualimpact Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Trix Worrell
Set designer: Alex Marker
Mar 2011
A Song of Love Theatre Gate Theatre
ATC
Lighting Designer Director: Gbolahan Obisesan
Set designer: Lucy Sierra
Jan 2011
Old Bags Theatre New Wimbledon Studio
Lumenis Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Jonaathan Man
Set designer: Ricardo Pardo
Oct 2010
Silica Theatre Theatre in the Mill
Development Lab
Lighting Designer Director: Victoria Pratt
May 2010
Oliver Cromwell: The Musical Opera St Alfege Church
TCM
Lighting Designer Director: Alan Taylor
Feb 2010
6 Minutes Before Dance The Place
Divo Company
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Olga Masleinnikova
Feb 2010
Improvements on Nature Theatre Chelsea Theatre
Julia Bardsley
Lighting Designer Director: Julia Bardsley (Artist)
Set designer: Julia Bardsley
Nov 2009
Burmese Days Theatre UCL
Aya Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Ryan Kiggell
Set designer: George Moustakas
Nov 2009
Broken Chase Dance Laban Lighting Designer Choreographer: Kathleya Afanador
Sep 2009
The Assault / The Last Days of Gilda Theatre The Old Red Lion
Alter Ego
Lighting Designer Director: Victor Esses
Set designer: George Moustakas / Sophie Mosberger
Aug 2009
Aftermaths: a tear in the meat of vision Theatre Laban, then touring
Julia Bardsley
Lighting Designer Director: Julia Bardsley
Apr 2009
The Feast of the Ants Theatre Rocket @ Demarco Roxy Arthouse (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
Mugensha Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: So-un Kotakebayashi
Set designer: Shohey YAMASHITA
Jul 2008
LaXuLa (a.m.a) Concert Carling Academy Islington
LaXuLa (a.m.a)
Lighting Designer Director: Monte Palafox
Jun 2008
Chanbara Dance several theatres in Europe, then touring
Yamato
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Wataru Koga
Aug 2007
Live Like Pigs Theatre Embassy Studio
CSSD
Lighting Designer Director: Crispin Bonham-Carter
Set designer: Maira Vazeou
Mar 2007
Solo Spotlights Concert Wapping Hydraulic Power Station
SPNM
Lighting Designer Director: Rolf Hind
Set designer: Julia Bardsley
Mar 2007
Grey Foam Theatre Theatro Technis
Grey Foam Production
Lighting Designer Director: George Eugeniou
Nov 2006
Madmen in the Courtyard Theatre Theatro Technis
Mugensha Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: So-un Kotakebayashi
Set designer: Shohey YAMASHITA
Oct 2006
Where the shoe pinches... Theatre Rocket @ Demarco Roxy Art House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Curious Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Holly McClelland
Aug 2006
The Rimers of Eldritch Theatre Embassy Studio Lighting Designer Director: Angie Langfield
Jun 2006
Fxxked (short film) Environmental Filmed in North London
TRIPTONIC PRODUCTIONS
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Wallis
May 2006
St Stephen’s Church Project Environmental St Stephen’s Church, London Lighting Designer Director: Michael Taylor
Feb 2006
Deep End Environmental Marshall Street Baths, London
Corridor
Lighting Designer Director: Gerry Pilgrim
Dec 2005
Ubugoe ~first voice~ Environmental Tokyo Meguro Art Gallery, Japan
Kuttion
Lighting Designer Director: Azusa Ono
Feb 2004
Art Festival Echigo Tsumari Triennale Concert Mastudai Nobutai Theatre, Nigata, Japan
Art Front Gallery
Lighting Designer Director: Furamu Kitagawa
Jul 2003

DARKNESS, DARKNESS

“Gripping stuff… One of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in years.”
Steve Orme, British Theatre Guide 15/10/2016
“SUPREMELY STYLISH”
Sam Marlowe, The Times 07/10/2016

Cuttin' It

★★★★★ “A shining example of theatre tackling a burning contemporary issue and getting it absolutely right…70 of the finest minutes of drama 2016 is likely to offer”
Fiona Mountford, The Evening Standard 02/06/2016
★★★★ “Unblinking, devastatingly powerful”
Sam Marlowe, The Times 01/06/2016
★★★★ “Quietly arresting”
Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage 31/05/2016
★★★★ “Sharp, sickly two-hander”
Alice Saville, Time Out 31/05/2016
★★★★ “See it and weep”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian 31/05/2016
★★★★ “Unforgettable”
Claire Allfree, The Telegraph 28/05/2016
★★★★ "...powerful...Azusa Ono’s harsh lighting"
Julia Rank, The Stage 28/05/2016

Peddling

'★★★★★ ‘The lights (by Azusa Ono) come up on an austere landscape at what feels like the intersection of Beckett and Albee...’ — New York Times (Critic’s Choice)''
LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES, 02/05/2014
★★★★★ ‘The lights (by Azusa Ono) come up on an austere landscape at what feels like the intersection of Beckett and Albee...’ — New York Times (Critic’s Choice)
LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES, New York Times 02/05/2014

Playland

"An excellent evening's entertainment...very moving" Londontheatre1

The Sake

**** Such is the theme of this very entertaining mini-extravaganza of traditional and contemporary Japanese dance, multimedia and other elements, attractively staged...eclectic and visually beautiful...
Brian Cooper, The Stage Edinburgh 08/08/2014

The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock

Visually as well as aurally absorbing...
Pat Ashworth, Stage 02/10/2013
**** Rudkin's darkly riveting play brilliantly demonstrates the way Hitchcock's art is the key to his life
Michael Billington, The Guardian 01/10/2013

7 Day Drunk

'...visually stunning.''
Time Out 12/03/2012

When the Chickens Come Home to Roost

Singh's production, dark and dreamy thanks to Azusa Ono's minimal lighting, boasts fantastic performances...
Matt Trueman, TimeOut 17/10/2011

Halcyon Days

... an effective lighting design from Azusa Ono which facilitates the shifts in tone.
Ian Foster, oughttobeclowns 24/08/2011
Theatre:
  • International
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
Opera:
  • 'Country House'
Dance:
  • Medium Scale
Concert:
  • Stage Touring
Corporate:
  • Exhibition Stands
  • Fashion Shows
Architectural:
  • Displays & Art
  • Open Air Events
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Mobile phone

07709 767549

Email address

azusaono@icloud.com

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