Jennifer Tipton & Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez

“I sit in the dark and I make my own sunshine,” says lighting artist Jennifer Tipton, seated alongside protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez at the Royal Opera House, London.

“I sit in the dark and I make my own sunshine,” says lighting artist Jennifer Tipton, seated alongside protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez at the Royal Opera House, London.

Jennifer Tipton, with protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez at the Royal Opera House, London. He kept notes of his time with his mentor, who also invited him to attend rehearsals in Paris, Barcelona and New York.

Jennifer Tipton, with protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez at the Royal Opera House, London. He kept notes of his time with his mentor, who also invited him to attend rehearsals in Paris, Barcelona and New York.

“It’s just incredible how she [Jennifer Tipton] works and how she sees,” says Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez, of his mentor.

“It’s just incredible how she [Jennifer Tipton] works and how she sees,” says Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez, of his mentor.

Tipton’s emphasis is always to start from the basics. For Solórzano Rodríguez, that also means Sebastián creating his own lighting devices.

Tipton’s emphasis is always to start from the basics. For Solórzano Rodríguez, that also means Sebastián creating his own lighting devices.

Solórzano Rodríguez creates special effects by making his own lights, keeping in mind his mentor’s maxim that “light is the glue” uniting all the other elements.

Solórzano Rodríguez creates special effects by making his own lights, keeping in mind his mentor’s maxim that “light is the glue” uniting all the other elements.

Some of Solórzano Rodríguez’s work with his collective Luz Y Fuerza has required creating an audio-visual experience.

Some of Solórzano Rodríguez’s work with his collective Luz Y Fuerza has required creating an audio-visual experience.

Solórzano Rodríguez uses acetate film to project interesting patterns of light.

Solórzano Rodríguez uses acetate film to project interesting patterns of light.

Solórzano Rodríguez checks his lighting for a production of Telegrama a los ángeles in Mexico City.

Solórzano Rodríguez checks his lighting for a production of Telegrama a los ángeles in Mexico City.

Dancers perform Telegrama a los ángeles in Mexico City, with lighting by Solórzano Rodríguez and choreography by Lourdes Luna and Roberto Olivan.

Dancers perform Telegrama a los ángeles in Mexico City, with lighting by Solórzano Rodríguez and choreography by Lourdes Luna and Roberto Olivan.

Solórzano Rodríguez at the Teatro de la danza, Centro Cultural del Bosque in Mexico City.

Solórzano Rodríguez at the Teatro de la danza, Centro Cultural del Bosque in Mexico City.