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1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers




Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Set Design

Design Statement

The design is inspired by Byzantine art and architecture. The set comprises three sections of Byzantine apses. The interiors are hand painted with golden mosaics inspired by Ravenna & Agia Sophia (Istanbul). Their exteriors are an amalgamation of metals, mainly copper with verdigris and lichen accents creating structures that set the battlefield scenes. The apses rotate into a number of different configurations creating new compositions, reflecting the emotional landscapes of the opera. They are enclosed by a brooding blue clouded landscape. Light and shadow, absence and presence support the psychological journey of each character on the path towards their destiny.


takis is an international performance designer based in London, whose innovative and diverse body of work encompasses West End productions, leading UK theatres, Major International Musicals, Opera, Ballet and Circus productions.
takis studied Costume and Set Design at the Romanian National University of Arts in Bucharest and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on the Theatre Technical Arts Course. He undertook practice based research at London College of Fashion, researching new methodologies of design in Fashion and Performance and he is currently completing his Doctoral research at Aalto University, Finland.
He has worked for Companies including: Finnish National Opera, Frankfurt Opera House, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, London National Theatre, Old Vic, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Barbican, Curve, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Royal Brighton, Royal & Derngate, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Haugesund Theater (Norway), Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Rambert Dance Company, as well as the Bush, Soho, Mercury, Sherman & Citizens Theatres amongst others.
takis' work has been exhibited at the Design Museums in London and Helsinki and the Bucharest Modern Art Museum.

Email Address: email@takis.info

Theatre Company English Touring Opera

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-10-18

The Premiere Space of Production Hackney Empire London

Author George Frideric Handel

Director/ Choreographer James Conway

Set Designer takis

Lighting Designer Lee Curran

Costume Designer takis

Sound Designer -

Projection and Multi-Media Designer -

Other Creative Collaborator/s Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny