Jurgen Kolb (Freelance Lighting Designer) has worked since 1995 in lighting for theatre, opera, urban spaces and site-specific works.
Beginning at the Volksbuehne Berlin, in 1995, Jurgen had the opportunity to work on various productions from directors such as Christoph Marthaler, Anna Viebrock, Frank Castorf and Christoph Schlingensief together with lighting designer Ulrich Schneider before moving to Dutch National Opera, in 1999, wherein 2003 he became lighting manager.
Working alongside DNO’s artistic director Pierre Audi, Jurgen developed the lighting for the opera PASSION from Pascal Dussapin, which was to be seen as part of the Holland Festival in 2009 and LA TRAGEDIA D’ORFEO at Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam in 2010.
Through his work at Dutch National Opera, Jurgen has had the possibility to work with lighting designers Jean Kalman, Wolfgang Göbbel, Peter van Praat and David Finn.
Jurgen also oversaw and organized the lighting for the DNO production revival of DIE TOTE STADT directed by Willy Decker at opera houses in Barcelona, London, Paris, Madrid and Bilbao and Robert Carsen’s DIALOGUE DES CARMELITES in Oviedo, Nice and Toronto.
In 2011 Jurgen began working as lighting designer at Munich Kammerspiele where he has worked on theatre productions including Armin Petras’ JOHN GABRIEL BORKMANN, BAUERN STERBEN and BUCH; Dries Verhoeven’s DUNKELKAMMER; Thomas Schmaußer’s DU MEIN TOD and MOTHER COURAGE; Susanne Kennedy’s FEGEFEUER IN INGOLSTADT and WARUM LAEUFT HERR R AMOK; Martin Kušej’s JAGDSZENEN AUS NIEDERBAYERN; Meg Stuart UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP and Johan Simons’ MAERZ.
As a freelance lighting designer Jurgen has worked on theatre and urban space productions with director Karen Breece for DIE BLUTNACHT AUF DEM SCHRECKENSTEIN, WAS WAR LIEBTEN and WELCOME TO PARADISE. At the Bavarian riot police in Dachau he created the lighting in the historical building for DACHAU // PROZESSE.
He developed the lighting design at Susanne Kennedy’s Ruhrtriennale productions ORFEO, MEDEA.MATRIX and UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP from Meg Stuart. Together with Orchester Kaleidoskop in Berlin, he worked on BLACK HOLE, BEUYS and BAJAZZO.
In Taiwan, he realised the lighting design for Chien-Hao Changs' dance performance HIDE AND SEEK and for the Tainaner Ensemble THE BOOK OF FATE. In 2018 he collaborates with Cloud Gate 2 in the double bill SPRING RIOT.
Also in 2018 he worked together with Milo Rau in LA REPRISE at the Kunstenfestival in Bruxelles and the Festival d'Avignon. 2019 Jurgen created the lighting design for Guy Joostens' production CARDILLAC at the Opera Antwerp, EIN BLICK VON DER BRUECKE for Armin Petras and Roger Vontobel's FIGHT CLUB at Schauspielhaus Duesseldorf as well Christian Brey's THE PRODUCERS at Staatstheater Mainz. His recent work brought him together with John Maloney in KREUTZER SERENADE at the BenFeng Art Festival in Tainan, Taiwan.
Up-coming productions are planned with Milo Rau at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland and with Guy Joosten at Aalto Theatre Essen, Germany and the Opera Oviedo in Spain. With Pierre Rigal he will collaborate in his dance performance WELCOME EVERYBODY at the Staatstheater Mainz, Germany.
Jurgen is living near Aschaffenburg, Germany.
Mutter Courage | Thomas Schmauser | Photo © Philip Baumann