Niklas Pajanti

Lighting Designer

Babyteeth – Belvoir Theatre

Created by Belvoir @ Belvoir Theatre. Written by Rita Kalnejais. Directed by Eamon Flack. 2012 photos © Heidrun Lohr.

“…The lighting by Niklas Pajanti is exceptional.” Lynne Lancaster, artsHub, 20 February, 2012.

ACMI – Star Voyager

Star Voyager: Exploring Space On Screen @ Australian Centre for the Moving Image. 2011 – 2012 photos © Mark Ashkanasy.

Malthouse Theatre – Kitten

Created by Jenny Kemp @ The Malthouse. Written and directed by Jenny Kemp, 2008 photos © Ross Bird.

“This piece is visually stunning.” Erin Hutching, Melbourne Festival Reviews, 9th October 2008.


Music For Imagined Dances

Created by Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey, Jesse Stevens & Niklas Pajanti @ Dancehouse, 2011 photos © Jac Price & Dean Peterson.

“…a dynamic design by Nik Pajanti.” Gail Priest, RealTime, issue #102.

“… I thought I might be having a mild stroke, but it was just my eyes having trouble focusing on the shadows…” John Bailey, Capital Idea, March 23, 2011.

The Wild Duck 2011

Created by Belvoir @ Belvoir Theatre. Written by Henrik Ibsen . Directed by Simon Stone. 2011 photos © Heidrun Lohr.

…the design is exemplary in how it contributes to the meaning of the performance. Alison Croggan, Theatrenotes, 30March, 2011.

NYID – Strangeland

Created by NYID and The Wuturi Players @ The Meat Market. Directed by David Pledger. 2009 photos © Jave Lee & Kyung Na.

Lighting design by Niklas Pajanti and Paul Jackson.

Nominated for Victorian Green Room Award, category Lighting Design in Dance 2009.

…I could not imagine this production without the inspired lighting design by Paul Jackson and Niklas Pajanti. Simonne Michelle-Wells, Australian Stage, 9 August 2009.



Created by Not Yet It’s Difficult and Dolgoogi Theatre @ Seoul Performing Arts Festival. Written and directed by David Pledger. Photos © 2005.

Tim Burton The Exhibition – Melbourne Winter Masterpieces

Tim Burton The Exhibition, Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Australian Centre for the Moving Image & Museum of Modern Art New York

Co-curated by Tim Burton et al. 2010, photos © Mark Ashkanasy

…I feel I’m in very good hands, I like the lighting, it’s much darker than it was at MoMA, which makes me feel a bit more comfortable. Tim Burton, The Australian, 23 June, 2010



ACMI – Dreams Come True

The Art of Disney’s Classic fairy Tales @ Australian Centre for the Moving Image. 2010-11 photos © Mark Ashkanasy.


Created by Gideon Obarzanek @ Chunky Move Studio 1, 2006 Photos © Niklas Pajanti.

The Promise

Created by Company B @ Belvoir Theatre. Written by Alexei Arbuzov. Directed by Simon Stone. 2009, photos © Heidrun Lohr.

…a spectacular lighting design by Niklas Pajanti. Augusta Supple, Australian Stage, 16 July, 2009.

BalletLab – Axeman Lullaby

Created by Phillip Adams @ Chunky Move Studio 1, 2008. Photos © Jeff Busby.

Lighting Design by Niklas Pajanti and Paul Jackson.

Nominated for a Victorian Green Room Award in Dance category, Lighting Design.


The Hive

Created by Chamber Made @ The Meat Market. Written by Sam Sejavka. Directed by Douglas Horton.

Lighting by Niklas Pajanti & Paul Jackson 2006.

Nominated for Victorian Green Room Award. Category Opera, Lighting Design.



The Life And Death of King John 2010

Created by The Eleventh Hour @ The Adelaide Festival of Art 2010, photos © Nicola Andrews

Black Marrow

Created by Chunky Move @ Malthouse Theatre, 2009 photos © Jeff Busby

Spring Awakening – Sydney Theatre Company

Created by Sydney Theatre Company @ Sydney Theatre. Book by Steven Sater. Directed by Geordie Brookman. 2010 photos © Brett Boardman

…part rock-n-roll/part art-installation lighting design. Michael Parry, ArtsHub, 16 february 2010.

…Niklas Pajanti’s lighting design is ravishing… Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 2010.



Tag Heuer


Created by Ranters @ NMTH & Malthouse Theatre. Written by Raimondo Cortese. Directed By Adriano Cortese. 2009, photos © Niklas Pajanti

…beautiful lighting by Niklas Pajanti. Alison Croggon, Theatrenotes, 14 August, 2007

…the lighting by Niklas Pajanti is perfectly suited… Elisa Ghisalberti, Spark Online, August, 2008.

Federation Square – Advent Calendar

Good Weekend

Crown Casino

Waterfront City

Public space lighting for Winter at Docklands Waterfront City. Snowflake gobo/logo concept. 2006 photos © Paul Lim

BMW Edge


Commonwealth Games 2006

Festival Melbourne 2006 cultural events and Alexandra Gardens. Gardens co-designed with Paul Jackson. Photos 2006 © Jeff Busby