LD Profile: Dorthe Wiig Andersen

Posted on August 1, 2013

Dorthe-mugSix questions with Dorthe Wiig Andersen, lighting designer and first-year student at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

1. How did you get into this field?
I started quite early; when I was in the ninth grade we were assigned a project, which required practice in a field of our choice. I chose theater and I helped out for one show in my hometown, Sandfjord (Norway) and got introduced to lighting. I have been passionate about lighting ever since. Now I am studying lighting design specializing in theater lighting. I also worked full time for five years as a technician at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in Oslo.

Dorthe-blog-12. What do you think is the next big thing in the lighting industry?
Considering the LED industry is developing so quickly, I am sure it will be something that will benefit us in a green and helpful way.

3. Do you have a favorite fixture and why?
I like the CHAUVET Professional Legend 230SR Beam. This moving yoke is intense, bright, compact and nice to use with fog. I also like CHAUVET Professional WELL 2.0 as decoration lights — no cables, you just have to place them where you want and turn them on.

Dorthe-blog-24. What has been your favorite design/project? I enjoyed working for Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.”
For this huge production I had the opportunity to work as chief for the lights, being very involved in the process. This proved to be a tremendous experience for me.

Dorthe-blog-35. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?

On one of the first productions I worked on I did everything myself, and the old desk I was using crashed after I had made all my cues. I had to work all night to first get to know the new desk, and then program all the cues all over again. This was when I was young and without that much experience, and I did not know the importance of securing a backup of the work I had done, which I always do now.

6. Complete this sentence:
A show without light is… a show without life.