Ever since, Hesslein has worked to uphold the company’s artistic leitmotiv: staging productions where the bodies of dancers and performers are incorporated into visual arts derived from new technologies. Here, the digital and performing arts intersect as scenography has become an art in itself.
Lumen has created over 20 shorter and medium-length productions, or performances, in 23 countries across Europe, Asia and North America during its first 12 years.
At home, Lumen has been involved in a more diverse array of productions, including renowned festivals such as Paléo and Montreux Jazz, opening events for festivals dedicated to light (Lausanne lumières, Yeux de la Nuit), and conferences on new technologies (at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, a research institute).
which afforded the company free rein during the Gala evening of the Fête des Lumières in Lyon. As such, Nicolas Hesslein created Evolution, his first full-length production in 2009. It was programmed and co-produced for the stage at the Théâtre de l’Octogone in Pully, and was sold out on two consecutive evenings. The show then appeared at the Bourse aux Spectacles in Thoune and toured in Belgium, France and India. In 2014, after receiving funding by the Lausanne city council to continue research work on video projection and the performing arts, Nicolas Hesslein created Synthesis, his second full-length production, which was held at and co- produced by the Théâtre du Jorat in Mézières in 2014.
Lumen often has the opportunity to create multimedia stage productions at the ultra-modern building of the Swiss Tech Convention Centre:
Today, Nicolas Hesslein has taken a keen interest in the design and creation of tailor-made artistic otherworlds. With more than 200 creations for clients such as Vacheron Constantin, Hugo Boss, Procter & Gamble, Louis Vuitton, UBS, Nescafé, Rolex, etc., Lumen has become the hallmark for unforgettable events and the symbol of haute couture stage productions.