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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


Sofia Pantouvaki


Selected Category: Costume Design

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

The artistic concept for the “Tempest” is a timeless world that connects different periods: Shakespeare’s time, Sibelius’ time and the performance time of today. After a 20-year professional career in performance design for the field of opera, my interest focuses on investigating the performer-costume designer collaboration and the potential of personalised, performer-inspired design. In the “Tempest”, the ideas for the costume design did not come ‘only’ from the designer: the performers were invited to share their perspective on the characters, to discuss memories from their private life, and to bring objects that expressed their feelings for their performance in this production. The performers’ experiences informed and influenced the costume design, so the costumes included elements that were very personal to the performers The design was, therefore, created ‘through’ the performers in a process of artistic research in which the costumes’ materials were made from scratch, combining traditional and technology-based techniques such as dyeing, felting, digital printing, and laser cutting.

Sofia Pantouvaki

Sofia Pantouvaki, PhD, is a scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University, Finland. Her design credits include 80 theatre, film, opera and dance productions in major venues in Greece, Italy, UK, Cyprus and Finland: Greek National Opera, State Theatre of Northern Greece, Athens Festival - Herod Atticus Odeon, Music Centre Helsinki, Municipal and Regional theatres. She has collaborated with Megaron-Athens Concert Hall, Cairo Opera House, Epidaurus Festival and La Scala, Milan. Awarded for Best Production Design and Best Costumes, Short Film International Festival of the city of Drama (2005); curator and designer of frequent exhibition projects. Co-author, History of Dress-The Western World and Greece (2010); editor, Yannis Metsis - Athens Experimental Ballet (2011); co-editor, Presence and Absence: The Performing Body (2014); Tribes – A Walking Exhibition (2017). She is Project Leader of Performance: Visual Aspects of Performance Practice (ID.Net) and Editor of the academic journal Studies in Costume and Performance (Intellect). Currently Vice-Head for Research, OISTAT Costume Design Group; she was Costume Curator for World Stage Design 2013; Associate Curator, Costume in Action (WSD2013), Co-Curator of the Finnish Student exhibit (Gold Medal PQ2015). At Aalto University, Sofia founded the Costume in Focus research group and leads a 1.2M€ Academy of Finland project on Costume Methodologies. She has taught, lectured and published internationally.

Email Address: sofsceno@gmail.com

Theatre Company Sibelius Academy Helsinki & Aalto University

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-11-21

The Premiere Space of Production Helsinki Music Centre

Author William Shakespeare & Jean Sibelius

Director/ Choreographer Ville Sandqvist

Set Designer Suvituuli Saari

Lighting Designer Antti Silvennoinen

Costume Designer Sofia Pantouvaki

Sound Designer Markus Bonsdorff

Projection and Multi-Media Designer -

Other Creative Collaborator/s Associate Costume Designers: Susanna Suurla, Heli Salomaa, Lauren Sever, Mimosa Norja
Conductor: Tuomas Hannikainen
Make-up: Tuija Luukkainen
Photographer: Sanni Siira