Mikki Kunttu

Mikki Kunttu is a lighting designer, set designer and screen content designer for theater, live entertainment, television and visual arts.


Mikki Kunttu has created designs for over 100 contemporary dance productions all over the world. His contemporary dance collaborators include such world-renowned artists as Jiri Kylian, Tero Saarinen, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi, Sylvie Guillem, Carolyn Carlson, Jorma Elo, Jorma Uotinen, Susanna Leinonen and Andonis Foniadakis.

Over the years he has worked with companies like The Netherlands Dance Theatre, Tero Saarinen Company (FIN), Akram Khan Company (UK), The National Theater of Korea, Sadlers Wells (UK), Skånes Danse Teater (SWE), The Gothenburg Ballet (SWE), Ballet Gulbenkian (PT), The Joyce Theater (US), Jacobs Pillow (US), Grand Theatre du Quebec (CAN), Theatre National de la Danse Chaillot (FR), Opera de Lyon (FR), Opera Bastille (FR), Maison de la Danse Lyon (FR), DanseDanse Montreal (CAN), Boston Ballet (US), Philadelphia Ballet (US), Los Angeles Philharmonic (US), BAM New York (US), The Danish Royal Ballet (DK) and The Norwegian National Ballet (NOR).


For ballet his designs include “Swan Lake” (2015 The Royal Danish Ballet), “The Nutcracker” (2014 Boston Ballet) and “A Folk Tale” (2010 The Royal Danish Ballet) Kunttu has collaborated with ballet companies like Boston Ballet (US), The Royal Danish Ballet (DK), The Finnish National Ballet (FIN), The Norwegian National Ballet (NOR), The English National Ballet (UK) and Berlin Staatsballet (GER).


Mikki Kunttu has created designs for both drama theater and musicals. He has created the visuals for “Evita” at Göta Lejon Theater (SWE) and “Les Miserables” at Malmö Opera (SWE) as well as “The West Side Story” at Stockholm City Theater (SWE).

Kunttu designed lighting for Cirque du Soleil / 45 Degrees “Stelar” production in Andorra, 2017.


Mikki Kunttu’s opera designs for a number of productions such as “Figaro’s Wedding”, “Juha” and “Alcina” for Finnish National Opera (FIN), The Norwegian National Opera (NOR) and The Royal Danish Opera (DK).


Mikki Kunttu has designed visuals for touring and concert productions, such as Nightwish, Michael Monroe, Hanoi Rocks and Apocalyptica.


Mikki Kunttu’s television resume includes designs for Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, 2013 and 2016. 


Kunttu designed public lighting and projection installations “Reflections”, “Oratoribus” and “Grace” for Helsinki’s Season of Light Festival during 2009 – 2011. Kunttu was also the founder of the festival together with the City of Helsinki.

He has also designed lighting for exhibitions of renowned artists such as Timo Sarpaneva.