Yaron Abulafia

Dr. Yaron Abulafia (B.A., M.F.A., PhD)


Award-winning performance designer Yaron Abulafia has designed over 200 performances, installations, concerts and TV shows internationally.

He designed in numerous large scale opera and theatre houses like: the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Komische Oper Berlin, Sadler’s Wells and Royal Opera House – Covent Garden (London), Monaco Dance Forum, Grand Theatre Luxembourg, Poly Theatre Beijing and Shanghai International Dance Centre, National Operas of Poland, Czech Republic and Israel for: Staatsballett Berlin, Nederlands Dans Theater, English National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Shanghai Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Ballet BC in Vancouver and Compañía Nacioanl de Danza in Spain, to mention but a few. He has collaborated with Akram Khan, Itzik Galili, Mark Baldwin, Krzysztof Pastor, Liam Scarlett, Menghan Lou, Kate Flatt, Aletta Collins, Henri Oguike and Shobana Jeyasingh – among many others.


Abulafia holds a PhD, a Master’s degree in Scenography, and a B.A. in theatre studies and he is the author of The Art of Light on Stage: Lighting in Contemporary Theatre (2016), published by Routledge with a foreword by Romeo Castellucci. He is an Ambassador and Jury Member of The 2019 Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space, as well as jury member and was the keynote speaker at World Stage Design 2013.

He is a visiting lecturer in high demand at universities and art academies around the world.

Abulafia received honours including: the First CEZ Prize for lighting design (supported by PHILIPS) for designing ‘Peer Gynt’ (Romania, 2008), a nomination for the Knight of Illumination 2011 (‘Awakening’, Rambert, UK) and the Theatre Lighting Design prize in Israel (‘In the Solitude of Cotton Fields’, Israel, 2011). In addition, he was awarded special Grants for Excellency by America-Israel Cultural Foundation, The Doron Foundation for Education & Welfare, and a full Ubbo Emmious PhD Scholarship for his research.

Website: www.yaronabulafia.com

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