Paul Chambers is a Montréal-based stage and lighting designer, educator and co-artistic director of CHA collective. Working with artists across different disciplines, collaborating on new dance works has always been a priority for him. Teaching workshops has also been an important part of his development as an artist and mentor. At Studio 303, he teaches a yearly lighting design workshop for artists, in addition to teaching part-time at Concordia University. From 2008 until 2013 Paul was Technical Director at Tangente Danse. Recent design credits include work with Public Recordings, Amanda Acorn, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Priscilla Guy, Maria Kefirova, Katie Ward, Parts+Labour_Danse, Lara Kramer Dance and Destins Croisés & Montreal Completement Cirque. Paul is in his Final year of a BFA in Sculpture from Concordia University.
I am looking to reimagine the use of lighting in live stage arts. Challenge the codes of theatrical practice, and create lighting installations that question how we perceive light when we are immersed in it.
To make space for lighting that is tangible and communicative. Thinking of light as language in a sense. How can lighting be the performer. How it can evoke an emotional or sensorial connection.
My curiosity is in creating a haptic experience that places the viewer inside a dimly lit space where their vision is heightened and has access to very subtle changes, making the viewer more vulnerable and receptive. Where our eyes question the legitimacy of what we are seeing.