Michelle Potter lecture

Dr Michelle Potter Dance Writer and Researcher has been invited to give The Russell Kerr Memorial Lecture in Wellington, New Zealand, and her topic will be Kristian Fredrikson.

Dr Potter has a wide knowledge regarding his career and interviewed Kristian before his untimely death as part of The National Library of Australia’s Dance Archive.

Applications are open

Applications are now open for the next Scholarship.

They will close on 1st December 2017.
Please ensure to read the application guidelines carefully, which can be found on the application form.

An update on our previous recipients

Our previous recipients have been working on a great number of exciting design projects.  We couldn’t be more pleased, and want to share some of their news.

Alicia Clements

Alicia is currently working on the Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company co-production The Father, starring John Bell.  She is working at Sydney Theatre Company as the associate costume designer under Gabriela Tylesova for Muriel’s Wedding- an enormous project involving approximately 300 costumes.  She is also designing the set and costumes for Dean Bryant’s new production of Assassins at the Hayes Theatre, and has just closed the Rameau Triple Bill for Pinchgut Opera.

David Fleischer

This year David has designed the set for Chimerica, and the set and costumes for Australian Graffiti, both at Sydney Theatre Company.  He also designed Ocho for Sydney Dance Company with Rafael Bonachela, which toured to Melbourne and Canberra.  He is about to start rehearsals for The Rape of Lucretia, for which he is designing the set for the Sydney Chamber Opera, and later this year he will be at Queensland Theatre Company designing Scenes of A Marriage.

David’s time overseas on his scholarship was spent observing Komische Opera’s The Fair at Sorotinzi, and enjoying the plethora of theatre, opera, dance and installation works all over the city of Berlin.

Prepare your application

A timely reminder to all theatrical designers and makers.

If you intend to apply for The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship scholarship in October 2017 for 2018, now is the time to think about the sort of study program you would like to pursue and contact the individuals, company’s, or institutions. You need to remember that they often require a lead up time before they can commit to a secondment or program. Good luck.


We would like draw The AusStage website to the attention of professional designers. It is important that we archive our careers for research purposes and career development.

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David Fleischer

David Fleischer, our 2016 scholarship recipient, is currently finalising an exciting travel work program for 2017 and we thought you would like an update on his design commissions for this year.
Earlier in the year, David designed the set and costumes for STC’s The Golden Age by Louis Nowra, set and costumes for Power Plays at STC, and is currently in rehearsals for David Mamet’s Speed The Plow also at STC directed by Andrew Upton, starring Lachy Hulme, Damon Herriman and Rose Byrne.

Images of his work to date can be found on his website: davidfleischer.com

Nutcracker - The Story of Clara

Nutcracker - The Story of Clara, brilliantly designed by Kristian Fredrikson, will be part of The 2017 SEASON OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET.

A joyful celebration of ballet, a deeply moving life story, and an affectionately humorous depiction of the emigrant experience are masterfully interwoven in Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker – The Story of Clara.

Created in 1992 for The Australian Ballet by one of the country’s most audacious and prolific choreographers, this ballet has become a modern Australian classic.

The company celebrates the 25th anniversary of this quintessentially Australian production with seasons at the Sydney Opera House from the 2-20 May, and at the Arts Centre Melbourne from 2 -10 June.

Nutcracker – The Story of Clara departs from its whimsical fore-bear to tell a story grounded in real-world events and the history of ballet in Australia. In Murphy’s radical retelling, Clara is an elderly Russian emigrant and former prima ballerina, dreaming of her earlier days with love and sadness one feverishly hot Australian Christmas Eve in the late 1950s. Her story encompasses romance and loss, worldwide fame, war and revolution, and a journey to Australia which leads to her joining the nation’s earliest professional ballet company, sowing the seeds of The Australian Ballet.

In this two-act story ballet, the character of Clara is performed by three different dancers spanning the generations, seamlessly coming together and parting ways over the course of Clara’s recollections.

Nuanced set and costume designs by Kristian Fredrikson evoke the formative places in her life, from her Russian childhood to her retirement in sunburnt Australia. The world of Clara’s youth is rich in dreamlike details, with snowflakes whirling about the stage in fluttering white head-dresses, and giant golden blooms adorning the walls of the Tsar’s lavish ballroom.

The much loved score by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is at the very centre of this production as the catalyst for Clara’s nostalgic recollections, and the accompaniment to her fondest memories of performing.

A distinctly Australian inclusion in The Australian Ballet’s 2017 Season.

Coppélia by The Australian Ballet

In 2016, The Australian Ballet will be performing Coppélia, featuring Kristian Fredrikson’s magical designs. See it in Melbourne (23 Sep – 1 Oct) and Sydney (2 – 21 Dec). Tickets



A Film of The Australian Ballet Company’s production of Coppélia is coming  to Palace BalwynPalace Brighton BayPalace Cinema Como
Next year in 2017
135 mins
Rating: CTC
Release Date: 29 April, 2017

Coppélia is a sparkling tale of magic and mischief, it was lovingly revived by founding Artistic Director Peggy van Praagh and Theatre Director George Ogilvie, and exquisitely dressed by master designer Kristian Fredrikson. It will have its world premiere in cinemas in 2017.

Widely known in children’s literature, these tales are a great introduction to ballet for younger audiences and a timeless treat for aficionados.

Stage Presence at The Arts Centre

For those interested in Stage Design The Arts Centre Melbourne is presenting ‘Stage Presence’ an exhibition of designs, costumes and stage models from The Australian Performing Arts Collection.

The exhibition items include the work of Hugh Colman, Jennifer Irwin, Tony Tripp, Brian Thompson, Richard Jeziorny, Jenny Tate, and Roger Kirk.

The exhibition is designed by Anna Cordingley, the 2012 Fredrikson Scholarship recipient and features designs by Alicia Clements, the 2014 Fredrikson Scholarship recipient. It opens on 30th April and closes on 4th September in the Arts Centre Melbourne, Gallery 1.