Theater lights set the stage and help tell the stories the dancers perform on stage. Lighting can transform a space from a cheerful, bright café, à la Café Momus in "La Bohème," to "Swan Lake’s" eerie lakeshore lit by twilight’s crepuscular rays and the ghostly glow of the lake.
Nationally-recognized and Emmy Award winning lighting designer David Grill is responsible for ensuring that lighting design advances the stories and complements the choreography of Milwaukee Ballet.
For the past ten years, Grill has designed and directed lighting for all of Milwaukee Ballet’s large productions including "Peter Pan," "Cinderella," "Romeo & Juliet" (for which he was nominated for Chicago Midwest Emmy Award), "The Nutcracker," and 2012-13 season’s La Bohème and Swan Lake. Tom Strini of ThirdCoastDaily.com noted in the opening scene of Swan Lake that “the sheer visual impact of the moment (thanks in part to David Grill’s magical lighting) gets the ballet off to a gripping start.”
“David and I have worked together for 13 years,” says Artistic Director Michael Pink. “He is an immensely gifted artist, whose medium is light, space and color. What he was able to accomplish in Swan Lake was to envision the swans, the water, the moonlight and create movement and depth in the midst of the stillness. Brilliant.”
Grill, who was nominated for a 2013 Emmy Award - for Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Variety Special - the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show, will return for the world premiere of "Mirror, Mirror." On Thursday, April 24th, Milwaukee Ballet will welcome Grill to The Pabst Theater. Visual Impact, hosted by the Milwaukee Ballet Artist Series will be his first speaking engagement in Milwaukee, and he is sure to inspire.