Seeing possibilities to modify and transform environments – creating atmospheric effects which evoke moods, shift the emphasis from one focal point to another, play with dimensions in turning flat objects into three-dimensional, and blend visual elements to unify one’s surroundings, John Torres has become one of the most coveted lighting directors working in theatre, dance, motion and print.
John Torres began a career in light design working as a production manager and light director for the Trisha Brown Dance Company, as well as working on projects for the Martha Graham Dance Company and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Over the past decade, John has been designing lighting for brand projects and campaigns, most notably for the recent Balmain A/W 2016 film and print campaign, as well as for Alexander Wang and Jimmy Choo; for some of the most renowned photographers including Steven Klein and Craig McCean; editorial projects with Vogue (US), Vogue Italia, V Magazine, W Magazine, and more monumental projects ranging from La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and installations for Hermès Maison directed by Robert Wilson to Kanye West’s Yeezy Season III at Madison Square Garden; and the Givenchy Spring / Summer 2016 show in New York directed by Marina Abramović, along with his multi-year collaboration with Robert Wilson.
John tells stories with light – setting up interactive playgrounds where light becomes a medium for dialogue between the set and the viewer. Each of his installations is conceived to create a specific perception of the place and its environment.
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