(Originally posted Oct. 20, 2010. Re-posted today as part of our special Black History Month tribute highlighting 28 of Canada’s top influencers & trailblazers.)
Technical Director, San Francsico Ballet, San Francisco, CA. Born: Toronto, ON.
Christopher Dennis served as the Resident Lighting Designer and Lighting Coordinator at The National Ballet of Canada for 14 seasons. During that time, he created memorable and evocative lighting designs for many of the company’s productions, including Azure Barton’s Watch Her, James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Matjash Mrozewski’s A Delicate Battle and Jean-Pierre Perreault’s The Comforts of Solitude.
His lighting designs are in the repertoires of ballet companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, West Australia Ballet, Coleman and Lemieux & Compagnie, ProArte Danza and Moonhorse Dance Theatre. In addition to his work in dance, he has designed lighting for the Shaw and Stratford Festivals as well as other regional opera, theatre and film productions.
Christopher served as Assistant Resident Lighting Designer for the Metropolitan Opera’s 2009-2010 season, and was just recently appointed Technical Director of the San Francisco Ballet.
Affiliation: Member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Favourite book? The Bible, because there are so many great stories and lessons, that can help guide us in our everyday lives.
Favourite quote? “The only limitation is your imagination.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Design the lighting for a Broadway Musical, and run a 1/2 marathon.
Who or what inspires you? Who: My beautiful wife and two daughters. What: Going to see the work of my fellow design colleagues.
Why do you do what you do? Simply, I love to collaborate with other artists.