Joop Caboort
Photo: Anita Caboort

Joop Caboort

Lighting designer

Joop Caboort started working as an electrician at the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1965. Only five years later, he was promoted to manage the technical department, a position he held until 1995. He designed lighting for 350 choreographies by prominent choreographers, including Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Jennifer Muller, Louis Falco, Glen Tetley, Maurice Béjart, and Nils Christe.

Caboort worked as a freelance lighting designer for several prestigious companies, including The Royal Ballet, Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He also made guest appearances at opera houses such as The Royal Opera House, the Wiener Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, he partnered with Carel Birnie to develop specialised theatre systems tailored for dance productions. In 1987, Caboort was responsible for designing and installing the technical stage and lighting systems at the Lucent Danstheater in The Hague, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas.

In 2008, he was named a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau, recognising his outstanding services to the Dutch theatre industry.

Last update: 26-03-2024