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WSD2017|Così fan tutte
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


Uta Gruber-Ballehr

Così fan tutte

Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

The set of “Cosi fan tutte” shows today's restoration workshop for paintings. During the work, the restorers are confronted with the ideal illusion of the rococo paintings. Overwhelmed with emotion the couples on the stage and the audience are dunking into the historical scenes. An incredible love game takes its course. At the point of culmination a romantic painting transforms into a real rococo garden. From there the couples are catapulted back into nowadays reality.
The set offers with a multi-layered architecture many places for the couples. They meet each other on balconies, in back-rooms, in corners, in the archive or in the main room. An abundance of probs make the stage to a playground for the actors. Changing paintings and enlarged details modify the stage continuously.

Uta Gruber-Ballehr

Uta Gesina Gruber-Ballehr was born in Germany in 1977. Since 2012 she has worked as an international costume and set designer. With Alvis Hermanis she did the stage/co-stage design at the Salzburg Festival, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Teatro alla Scala Milano for the productions "Die Soldaten", "Gawain", "Così fan tutte", "Il Trovatore" and "Die Liebe der Danae". At the Volksstheater Munich she designed the costumes for "Richard III" and "Hamlet" (director: Chrisitan Stückl). At the Theater Fürth, she was responsible for the costume design of "Graf Öderland" and "Lulu" (director: Nilufar K. Münzing). Other works of her have been seen in Stuttgart, Munich, Oberammergau and Bozen.

Uta Gruber-Ballehr started here professional careerer as a tailor at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Subsequently, she studied stage and costume design in Dresden and Munich. At the Münchner Volkstheater she worked for two years as a stage and costume assistant. In 2007 she was awarded with the Laura and Lorenz Reipling Preis. As a scholarship holder, she took part in the 14th Internationale Schillertage in Mannheim and in 2008 at the Bayreuth Festival.

Further information: www.gruber-ballehr.de

Email Address: uta@ballehr.eu

Theatre Company Komische Oper Berlin

The Premiere Date of Production 2013-11-03

The Premiere Space of Production Komische Oper Berlin

Author Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte

Director/ Choreographer Alvis Hermanis

Set Designer Uta Gruber-Ballehr

Lighting Designer Diego Leetz

Costume Designer Eva Dessecker

Sound Designer Musical Director: Hendrik Nánási

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Video: Ineta Sipunova

Other Creative Collaborator/s Dramaturgy: Pavel B. Jiracek