Kyrre Heldal Karlsen create lights, scenography and video work for arts installations, large scale concerts, theatre dance performances and festivals. He has filled the largest cathedral in norway with silhouettes of crows and toured Europe with the art-metal project KILLL, he´s created new stories in the narrative paintings in Oslo City Hall and created spaces for norwegian and foreign dance companies through his lights and scenographies.
By using architecture as a starting point for his lighting designs regardless if he´s working in cathedrals, the Oslo City Hall, Berlin nightclubs or a generic black box, he uses lights and other spacial techniques in sensitive interplay with the existing architecture to create new social settings. The audience is invited to go into dialogue with the space in ways that open up to new scenic experiences that literally pushes the audience out of the role of the spectator and into being an active participant in the situation.
Over the last year he has cooperated with amongst others the following artists: Montee, Ola Kvernberg, Stian Westerhus, Truls, Susanne Sundfør and Maya Vik. In the performing arts he has done cooperations with the Cullberg Ballet, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollack, Zero Visibility Corp, Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller, and the visual artists Goro Tronsmo, Crispin Gurholt and Jenny Hval.
Ten years ago Kyrre was already an established lighting designer manipulating the strobes when Aphex Twin did his legendary first show at Blå and also touring the world with Jaga Jazzist. He laid down the foundations for ecstasy on the dance floors of the Sunkissed monthly club event and he has worked with most prominent performing arts companies in Norway, being a lighting designer that works closely in cooperation with the other artists involved whilst making sure to add his own very individual signature.