Axel Morgenthaler

Lighting Designer

Internationally recognized as an innovative visual designer, lighting designer, set designer and multimedia artist, Axel Morgenthaler collaborates with internationally-known artists and groups such as Le Cirque du Soleil, Alvin Ailey, LALALA Human Steps, Schauspielhaus Vienna, the Stockholm Opera, Gilles Maheu, Lorraine Pintal and Sol LeWitt. Having designed over one hundred thirty design concepts for dance, circus, theatre and opera all over the globe, he also acted as lighting designer for many museum projects, including the Museum of Civilisation in Quebec and numerous urban and architectural lighting designs. He designed the lighting for the first permanent show of Cirque du Soleil in Asia: ZAiA for Macau’s Venetian Casino and is currently working on DEFDAN a new permanent show in Nusa Dua / Bali. His work was awarded Le Grand Prix de la Créativité Montréal in 2008 for La Vitrine Culturelle, the IESNA International Illumination Design Award for the design of the lighting signature of Le Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal, a Bessie Award in New York for best set and lighting design for Luna from O Vertigo Danse in 2004. Axel Morgenthaler also accepted the Prix Lumière from the IES (International Engineering Society) in 2004 and an International Illuminating Design Award from the IESNA in 2005 for best architectural lighting in Quebec. The Gascon-Roux prize was awarded to him in 2004 for the lighting design of Tristan et Yseult at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and the musical Don Juan got him a Félix nomination for his lighting design. As a visual artist, Axel Morgenthaler is regularly asked to create permanent lighting art works that can be seen in Montreal, in the subway, at the Dorval Airport, at the W Hotel and at La Société des Arts Technologiques. He is member of the IESNA and LUCI.