Netherlands-based Yaron Abulafia is a visual artist and researcher fascinated with lighting and space design for performance. Over the last 20 years, Yaron has designed internationally over 250 performances in different genres, performative installations, concerts and TV shows.
His international reputation developed as an innovative performance designer with unique visual aesthetics and poetic use of light as scenography. The vivid painterly and sculptural qualities of his work explore the dramaturgical role light can play in contemporary performance.
Yaron has collaborated with many large scale opera and theatre houses like: the Deutsche Oper and the Komische Oper in Berlin, Sadler’s Wells and Royal Opera House – Covent Garden (London), Melbourne Arts Centre, National Operas of Poland, Czech Republic and Israel Monaco Dance Forum, Grand Theatre Luxembourg, Poly Theatre Beijing and Shanghai International Dance Centre, for: Staatsballett Berlin, Nederlands Dans Theater, Stuttgart Ballet, English National Ballet, Shanghai Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Ballet BC in Vancouver, Ballet Theater Basel and Compañía Nacional de Danza in Spain, to mention but a few.
Yaron designed productions in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.
Yaron is a curator for the prestigious WORLD STAGE DESIGN (WSD) exhibition in Calgary Canada 2022, and has been presented as one of 15 international ambassadors of the Prague Quadrennial (PQ) for Performance Design and Space (the largest global event celebrating the best of design for performance, scenography and theatre architecture)
He served as a jury member in the PQ 2019 edition and WSD 2013, and is in-demand lecturer in universities and art academies around the globe.