Light Above the Hudson
For three weeks in January, acclaimed lighting designer Jennifer Tipton will turn the EMPAC construction site into a dynamic light sculpture, that can be seen intimately from nearby streets as well as from a distance across the Hudson and beyond.
This commissioned work will use recent innovations in lighting to illuminate the EMPAC building. It will be both a celebration of the building’s elegant architecture, now in its final stage of construction, and an invitation for the public to experience EMPAC’s adventurous integration of art and technology.
“There are perhaps a dozen lighting designers in the country who work steadily enough to support themselves by their art, and maybe half a dozen who are acclaimed and in demand. Among these is Jennifer Tipton, characterized most often for the impeccability of her taste and a certain precision and cerebral quality to her work…”. — Elizabeth Stone for the The New York Times.
Well known to dance and Theater audiences alike, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Cornell University where she majored in English. After graduation, Tipton came to New York to study dance. Her interest in lighting began with a course in the subject at the American Dance Festival, Connecticut College.
She has been awarded two “Bessies” and a Laurence Olivier Award for lighting dance; her work in that field includes pieces choreographed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jiri Kylian, Dana Reitz, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Dan Wagoner, among many others. Her work in the Theater has garnered a Joseph Jefferson Award, a Kudo, a Drama-Logue Award, two American Theater Wing Awards, an Obie, two Drama Desk Awards, the first for The Cherry Orchard and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf; the second for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Waiting for Godot, and Long Day’s Journey into Night, and two Tonys for The Cherry Orchard and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Her work in opera includes Robert Wilson’s production of Parsifal at the Houston Grand Opera and Peter Sellar's production of Tannhauser for the Chicago Light Opera. In the fall of 1991 she directed a production of The Tempest at the Guthrie.
She has been an artistic associate with the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge and the Goodman Theater in Chicago. In 1982, she received the Creative Arts Award in Dance from Brandeis University. She held a Guggenheim Fellowship for the 1986-87 season and received the 1989 Commonwealth Award in Dramatic Arts. In 1991, she received a Dance Magazine Award. She has been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Theater Program Distinguished Artist Award, and a grant in the National Theater Artist Residency Program funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Miss Tipton also teaches lighting at the Yale University School of Drama.
Tipton’s lighting designs have been represented in American Ballet Theater’s repertory since A Soldier’s Tale in 1971, and among her other lighting designs for the Company are Amnon V'Tamar, Bach Partita, Le Baiser de la Fée, Ballet Imperial, Brief Fling, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Bum’s Rush, Don Quixote (Kitri’s Wedding), Eccentrique, Enough Said, Everlast, Field, Chair and Mountain, Gala Performance, Giselle, The Informer, Interludes, Intermezzo, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s production of The Nutcracker, The Other, Push Comes to Shove, Raymonda: Grand Pas Hongrois, Sinatra Suite, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Sunset, and Theater.