Northern Lights to cover the Kennedy Center through Nordic Cool 2013

Nordic Cool 2013
The Kennedy Center (Washington, USA)
February 19 - March 17 2013

From February 19, the Kennedy Center in Washington will be wrapped in light. Renowned as Denmark’s most innovative lighting designer, Jesper Kongshaug has recreated the effect of Northern Lights on all four sides of the Kennedy Center, with the first light installation of the center’s marble façade ever. Evoking the famed aurora borealis, this mesmerizing installation commissioned by the Kennedy Center is visible each evening during the festival. Kongshaug will also participate in a free forum discussion on performing architecture.

Nordic Cool 2013 is a month-long festival of theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design, food, and film to highlight and explore the diversity of Denmark and the rest of the Nordic region. The festival aims to foster an appreciation of the Nordic heritage and an understanding of the region’s emerging global influence.

Jesper Kongshaug is an international lighting designer working in theater, opera, ballet, television, art exhibitions, and architecture. For Nordic Cool 2013, Jesper Kongshaug will be recreating the effect of the Northern Lights surrounding the Kennedy Center, every evening for the duration of the festival.

For press photos of Jesper Kongshaug's Northern Lights - please contact
Amanda E. Hunter, Senior Press Representative, 
The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts

Kongshaug’s most recent designs include Akram Khan's Vertical Road (2010) in London and Paul Ruder'sDancer in the Dark (2010) in Denmark. He has also worked in the United States with the Boston Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera, in France with the Opera de Lyon, and in Austria with "Theater an der Wien" in Vienna. He has recently worked on architectural lighting projects in Kastrup Copenhagen Airport and "HøjbroPlads", a complete redesign of an old square in Copenhagen.

Forum: Master Builder/Master Builders: Performing Architecture
Do the design of physical theater spaces and venues affect the experiential aspects of performing arts? Are there other, perhaps surprising, ways of relating architecture and theater? This panel discusses perspectives from both sides of the curtain. Moderated by Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Contemporary Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, this panel includes JesperKongshaug, Craig Dykers, Senior Partner at Snøhetta (Norway); Marianne Weems, Artistic Director of the Builders' Association (USA); and Charles Renfro, partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA).

Master Builder/Master Builders: Performing Architecture is free and will take place Sunday February 24 at 1:30 PM Terrace Gallery.

Nordic Cool 2013
Nordic Cool 2013 is a Nordic cultural festival in Washington. Nordic Cool 2013 is presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in co-operation with the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic embassies in Washington, as well as the national cultural agencies in the respective Nordic countries, as well as Greenland, Åland and the Faroe Islands.

For accreditation to events during Nordic Cool 2013 - please contact 

Amanda E. Hunter, Senior Press Representative
The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts.
202.416.8441 (direct)

202.437.2010 (mobile)

Sune Blicher

Senior Advisor, Danish Agency for Culture
Phone:  +45 3374 4500 / M. +45 3374 4562

Pernille Florin Elbech
Senior Advisor, Public Diplomacy and Press
Phone:+1 (202) 797-5362