Kristian Fredrikson was a graphic artist and newspaper journalist until he studied design with the late Harry Baker in New Zealand. He arrived in Australia in the early 1960’s and was one of Australia’s most experienced and highly regarded designers until his death in 2005.
Kristian’s award winning designs featured in productions for opera, drama, ballet, film and television. Upon his arrival in Australia, Kristian was Resident Designer for Melbourne Theatre Company for eight years. During this time he worked on a number of productions for the company including Three Sisters, The Servant of Two Masters and War and Peace.
Kristian’s credits include groundbreaking works for the Australian Ballet (Cinderella, Coppelia and The Nutcracker – recently revived), Opera Australia (Norma, Turandot, The Merry Widow and Salome), Western Australian Opera (Albert Herring), The Royal New Zealand Ballet (Swan Lake, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol), South Australian Opera (Verdi’s Macbeth), Houston Ballet (The Tales of Texas triple bill entitled Pecos Bill) the Sydney Dance Company (King Roger and Body of Work) and Sydney Theatre Company (Macbeth, The School for Scandal, A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler starring Cate Blanchett which transferred to New York in 2006).
Kristian was one of a specialised team of designers who worked on the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Specifically, he designed the unforgettable costumes for all the marshalls and officials, marching band and choirs. He also designed the exquisite costumes for SEL/Gordon Frost Organisation’s productions of Annie (which toured nationally) and Man of La Mancha.
With Graeme Murphy, Kristian designed and created the scenarios of the Australian Ballet/Sydney Dance Company co-production Tivoli and the highly acclaimed production of Swan Lake for Australian Ballet which earned him a 2003 Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation and 2003 Helpmann Award for Best Scenic Design.
Kristian’s costume design credits for film include Undercover, Sky Pirate and Short Changed and for television Vietnam - a television series directed by John Duigan and Chris Noonan (1986), the mini-series Dirtwater Dynasty directed by John Power (1987) and The Shiralee - a four hour mini series directed by George Ogilvie for South Australian Film Corporation.
Kristian is a recipient of four Erik Design Awards and won Green Room Awards for After Venice (Sydney Dance Company - 1985), King Roger (1991), Turandot (1991), The Nutcracker (1992), Salome (1993), Swan Lake (2002) and an AFI award for Undercover. He also received the Penguin Award for The Shiralee (1988) and in 1999 he received the Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance.
In his final year, Kristian achieved his life long ambition to design the set and costumes for Tchaikovsky’s three ballets: The Nutcracker for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Sleeping Beauty for the Australian Ballet and Swan Lake for the Houston Ballet.
Further information, research and image links can be found at the Kristian Fredrikson page on the Australia Dancing website.
We are currently constructing a gallery of Kristian Fredrikson’s designs, we hope to have this completed shortly.
In the meantime there is a small collection of Kristian Fredrikson’s designs on the right side of this page. Please click the image for a larger view and caption.