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Sonoyo Nishikawa
Lighting designer

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Originally from Japan, Sonoyo Nishikawa has been a lighting designer since 1986. From 1990 to 1992, she studied in London in an overseas program of the Ministry of Education, Culture of Japan.

As a collaborator of Robert Lepage since 1993, Sonoyo has participated in several shows, including A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE DRAGON’S TRILOGY APASIONADA / LA CASA AZUL and THE SEVEN STREAMS OF THE RIVER OTA, for which she received the prize of Outstanding Lighting Design in the Toronto Dora Mavor Moore Award in 1996. The recreation of this show will be premiered in Moscow at the Chekhov Festival in July 2019, and will then tour internationally.

Endowed with unparalleled inventiveness and attention to detail, Sonoyo Nishikawa occupies a unique place in the Quebec theater world.
For her work, she received the prize for best lighting at the Soirée des Masques of the Académie québécoise du théâtre in 2004 for Marguerite Duras' L'ÉDEN CINÉMA, directed by Brigitte Haentjens and the Prix Jaques-Pelletier in 2003 and 2016 for the lighting of Sophocles' production ANTIGONE, directed by Brigitte Haentjens and MACBETH by Shakespeare, directed by Marie-Josée Bastien.


Recently, Sonoyo designed the lighting of the rooms THE REST WILL BE FAMILIAR TO YOU FROM CINEMA by Martin Crimp, directed by Christian Lapointe (ESPACE GO Carte blanche French Theater of the NAC, 2018), THE USEFUL LIFE of Evelyne de la Chenelière (ESPACE GO FTA, 2018) directed by Marie Brassard, ÉLECTRE by Sophocle (ESPACE GO 2019) directed by Serge Denoncourt.

She has also worked in the world of opera by designing the lights of LA DAMNATION DE FAUST at the Metropolitan Opera New York (2008-2013).

Finally, in Japan, she designed the lighting of BLACK LIZARD by Yukio Mishima, directed by David Leveaux in January 2018 at the Nissay Theater in Tokyo. She collaborated again with the director in December 2018 for the production LA STRADA, based on the film of 1954 by Federico Fellini at Tokyo's Nissay Theater

Her future productions are "THE SEVEN STREAMS OF THE RIVER OTA" at the Diamond Theater in September 2019, at the TNM "FLUVE" in November 2019, Quat'Sous Theater "Eclipse" in January 2020 and so on.



2019
Nominated for Quebec Theatre Award
For the play “The Girl King" by Michel-Marc Bouchard

Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)

2018
Nominated for Quebec Theatre Award
For the play ”Incendies” by Wajdi Mouawad

Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)

2015
Awarded Quebec Excellent Art and Culture Award
For the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare

Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)

2014
Nominated for Quebec Excellent Art and Culture Award
For the play “August, Osage County”

Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)

2013
Nominated as a Lighting Designer for the play "Hamlet"
by le prix Jacques-Pelletier
Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)

2013
Awarded the Best Lighting Design for the play "Frankenstein"
by The Theatre Denise-Pelletier Award
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

2013
Awarded the Jury's special award of Theatre Division
for the play "Trojan woman"
by Japan Lighting Designers Association
Tokyo (Japan)

2006
Nominated the Best Lighting Design
for the play "Les Enfants des Sabbat"
by La Soiree des Masques
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

2004
Awarded the Special Award of Theatre Division
for recent excellent work in Canada
by Japan Lighting Designers Association
Tokyo (Japan)

2004
Awarded the Best Lighting Design for the play "Eden Cinema"
by La Soiree des Masques
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

2004
Awarded the Best Lighting Design for the play "Iphigenie"
by The Theatre Denise-Pelletier Award
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

2003
Awarded as a Lighting Designer for the play "Antigone"
by le prix Jacquers-Pelletier
Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)

2001
Nominated the Best Lighting Design for the play "Marie Stuart"
by La Soiree des Masques
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

1996
Nominated the Best Lighting Design
for the play "The Seven Streams of the River Ota"
by La Soiree des Masques
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

1996
Awarded the Outstanding Lighting Design
for the play "THe Seven Streams of the River Ota"
by Dora Mavor Moore Award
Toronto (Canada)

1988
Awarded the Newcomer Award of Stage Division
for the musical "I Got Merman"
by Japan Lighting Designers Association
Tokyo (Japan)