Ran Arthur Braun
Stage Director & Action Designer
Ran is a leading Stage Director and Action Designer who specialises in live Stunt Coordination, Fight Choreography & Aerial Direction.
He has worked as revival director and stage director for more than 80 productions in opera houses throughout Europe and was producer for Teatro Sociale di Como in Italy. In 2014 Ran made his directorial debut at Bergenz Festival, with the world premiere of Trans - Maghreb.
Ran initially trained as a singer at the Piano and Classical Singing class at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance before studying stage direction at the La Monnaie Opera Studio. With an old-school understanding of dramatic storytelling, cutting edge modern eye for movement and technology and with over 100 work credits, including recent work for Salzburg Festival, The Royal Opera House, London, The Copenhagen Opera House, and the Dutch National Opera.
Ran is also in great demand for Aerial, Movement, and Fight Choreography. He directed and designed the set of La Bohème for Estonian National Opera, winning the 2011 Estonian Theater and Music Award. In July 2012, he directed and designed the World Premiere of Two Heads and a Girl for Settimana Musicale Senese Festival in Italy, a production that was later revived at Bemus Festival, Belgrade. In 2013/2014, under the direction of David Poutney, Ran worked as a stunt and action choreographer for Bregenz Festival's lake production of Die Zauberflöte. In 2013, he directed and choreographed the Polish premiere of Meyer's Cyberiade for Poznan Opera. The production was the Critic's Choice Best Opera Production in Poland and won the Best Design Award. Ran was later nominated for Best Director in the 2014 Polish Theatre Awards after the production was performed at Polish National Opera in Warsaw and the Bydgoscz Opera Festival. In the 2014/2015 season he directed and choreographed new productions of L'enfant et Sortilege and Le Rossignol for Theatr Wielki and won the best Director Award at the 2015 Polish Theatre Awards.
Following his fight choreography work for Nicola Raab's production of Otello, Ran returned to the Copenhagen Opera House, for Francisco Negrin's production of Alcina, a co-production with the Norwegian National Opera. In the same theatre, Ran has worked as movement director for Benedict Andrews's Macbeth and collaborated with him again in a new production of La Bohème that premiered at the Dutch National Opera and revived for English National Opera in the 2015/2016 season.
Recent work includes aerial and fight direction for Peter Pan for Stuttgart Opera, Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera House, Copenhagen and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2015 Ran directed and choreographed Haydn's The Creation for Birgitta Festival. Future work includes choreographing Hamlet at the Bregenz Festival and Turandot for Bregenz Festival, Aerial Direction for Peter Pan with the Croatian National Ballet and with Komische Oper Berlin, Choreographing Macbeth for the Copenhagen Opera House, directing Suor Angelica for the Poznan Music Academy, Stage Direction and Design for Curlew River at MDR Leipzig.
Future work includes fight direction for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden's production of Otello and stunt/fight direction for Bregenz Festival's Carmen 2017/2018. Ran will begin his role as Artistic Advisor at the Birgitta Festival in August 2017 and will be associate director for Un Ballo in Maschera and Samson and Dalila for the New Israeli Opera, Open Air Summer Festival, in the 2017/18 season and The Creation for MDR Leipzig in 2018. He will also serve as Fight Director on Prince Igor at The Netherlands Opera (a co-production with New York Metropolitan Opera) and Madrigals.
PETER PAN Reviews
The flying works splendidly.
The Public Review
Flying ballet expertly choreographed and executed under the direction of Ran Arthur Braun.
Morris' brilliance in his flying harness, as he swooped across the bedroom, walked up the walls and somersaulted in the night sky was a high point of the show. Ran Arthur Braun directed both flight and fight, and did a wonderful job.
The Sunday Times
Lots and lots of flying. You barely see the wires attached to Peter and his new friends as they swoop through the air. It is almost as good, I felt, as the film of Mary Poppins. The aerial and flight director, Ran Arthur Braun, had almost as much on his plate [as the conductor].
Heart-stopping aerial work