By Laura Diffenderfer, with help from Terhi Mikkonen
Mikki Kunttu carves light, shade, and smoke into stunning dreamscapes.The lighting and set designer for Tero Saarinen’s Morphed, Kunttu is currently one of the most sought-after stage designers in Europe, having worked with artists such as Jorma Elo, Jirí Kylián, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, in addition to Saarinen, with whom he has collaborated since 1993. Kunttu has won many prestigious awards, including a 2005 “Bessie” Award for lighting design for his work with Saarinen and Akram Khan. We sat down with Kunttu to learn more about his unique style and his vision for Morphed.
You and Tero have been working together a long time. How did the collaboration begin, and how has it evolved?