Luc Lafortune is one of the world’s leading lighting designers as well as one of the original creators of the world renowned Cirque du Soleil. He has been associated with the company since its beginnings in 1984.

In twenty years, Luc has achieved an international reputation as one of the most daring and inventive designers. He has created iconic, exhilarating and profoundly moving imagery for some of the world’s most revered artists. He works widely in both conceptual and technical development, having collaborated with the likes of Franco Dragone, Dominic Champagne, Robert Lepage and Mark Fisher.

At Cirque du Soleil, his resumé includes the shows O, Le Cirque Réinventé, Fascination, Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco, Mystère, Alegría, Quidam, La Nouba, Dralion, Varekai, Zumanity and Ka. He was also co-director of photography for the video recording of the show Quidam.

Many internationally acclaimed artists have also called upon his talents. He has worked with No Doubt, The Eagles, Gipsy Kings, and The Dixie Chicks. In 2002, he worked with Peter Gabriel, designing the lighting for his world tour, Growing Up.

The excellence of his work has garnered him many awards. In 1992, his design for the show Saltimbanco earned him a Drama-Logue Theater Award. In 1994, he received the Lighting Dimensions International (LDI) Lighting Designer of the year Award. In 1997, his work on Martin Professionals The Atomic Lounge, for which Luc Lafortune was artistic director, won the LDI Award for Best Light Show. In 1998, he received an Entertainment Design Award for his lighting design for the show O, as well as a THEA (Themed Entertainment Association) Award, in 1999. And finally, in 2005, Luc Lafortune was honored with the USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology) Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design.

Luc Lafortune is also a sought after speaker, having been invited to share his knowledge and thoughts with students and professionals alike, all over the world.

1 - KÀ, Cirque du Soleil, Photo: Nils Becker
2 - Growing up - Peter Gabriel
3 - O, Cirque du Soleil, Photo: John Gurzinski
  © Luc Lafortune 2014