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Introduction to lighting design and its role in creation – La DSR

9:00AM to 4:00PM

Théâtre La Chapelle, 3700, St-Dominique Street, Montreal


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Would you like to enrich your scenic vocabulary and artistic vision? Would you like to facilitate communication with your lighting designers?

This introductory lighting course, divided into theoretical and practical components, will present the role of lighting design, the tools used in this function and a multitude of examples to better describe light in a creative context.

You’ll be able to read lighting plans to facilitate discussions with your teams, and you’ll also be given a few tips on how to adapt your proposal to the context of a tour or precarious situation.

  • The course includes a 60-minute lunch break.


  • Know the basic vocabulary and terms for lighting equipment.
  • Understand the interplay of lighting and its impact on show design.
  • Understand the basics of reading a lighting plan.
  • Understand the designer’s process and the dramaturgical notion of lighting.
  • Know the right terms to talk to a lighting designer or technical director with the same references on the subject.

Who can benefit from this training?

Artists and cultural workers with little or no experience in production and lighting management, or who are just starting out in project management.



Émilie Martel

A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Émilie Martel has worked as a production manager in dance and theater with several renowned choreographers and directors, including Louise Lecavalier, Louise Bédard, Sylvain Émard, Virginie Brunelle, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Martin Messier, Philippe Ducros and Christian Lapointe. She also assisted opera director Oriol Tomas for over 10 years on local and international creations.

Since 2012, Émilie has developed a close relationship with Création Dans la Chambre and, since 2019, continues the dialogue as general director with the organization’s artistic co-directors Félix-Antoine Boutin, Gabriel Plante, Odile Gamache and Julie Basse.

With a wealth of production experience in dance and theater, Émilie Martel joined forces with La danse sur les routes du Québec in 2017 as production director for Parcours Danse, and then piloted the 2019 edition as co-director of the event.  She is now co-general manager and administrative director with Sibyllines alongside Brigitte Haentjens since 2021, in addition to continuing her collaboration with Création Dans la Chambre.


Gest expert

Julie Basse

A loyal collaborator of some of Montreal’s most avant-garde stage directors, such as Maxime Carbonneau and Edith Patenaude, Julie Basse has been designing lighting for the performing arts for over 10 years. Whether in theater, opera, dance or musical comedy, she creates unique and fascinating universes by pushing back the limits imposed by each of these disciplines.

Among her outstanding designs are Des souris et des hommes (Théâtre Jean Duceppe -Prix Lumière 2019-2020), Corps Célestes (Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui), the musicals Annie (Juste pour Rire) and Je vais t’aimer ( France, directed by Serge Denoncourt), as well as collaborations with BOP, Opéra de Montréal, Washington’s Opera Lafayette, and the dance companies La Otra Orilla and Dans son salon. She has also distinguished herself in comedy and music, working with André Sauvé, Christian Bégin, Lisa LeBlanc, Elisapie, Dominique Fils-Aimé and Plants and Animals, among others.  With Ariane Moffatt’s Incarnat, she won the Félix “Lighting of the Year” award at the ADISQ 2021-2022 gala.

With Odile Gamache, Félix-Antoine Boutin and Gabriel Plante, she forms the company Création dans la chambre. The collective has been multiplying creations and research projects since 2012. (Histoire populaire et sensationnelle, Les larmes amères de Petra Van Kant).


Any questions?

Contact Philippe Dandonneau
Training Coordinator
438 397-4898


This training program was developed by La danse sur les routes du Québec (La DSR), trainer Émilie Martel and guest expert Julie Basse, thanks to financial support from the Intervention-Compétences program of Compétence Culture, comité sectoriel de main d’œuvre en culture. Is it offered in collaboration with the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD).

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