Michelle Potter on Kristian Fredrikson

We would like to draw to the attention of dance aficionados to Michelle Potter’s Dance Diary link http://michellepotter.org.

Michelle is an independent dance writer, historian and curator, who interviewed Kristian for the Oral History and Folklore Collection at the National Library of Australia National Library Archives.

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Alicia Clements

Things have been busy since receiving the scholarship with a lot of travel and exciting new opportunities arising!   I used my funds to spend several months in London where I worked as an assistant designer, a costume supervisor as well as attending master classes and workshops.  As an assistant to Isla Shaw I worked on productions that toured the UK, West End and Broadway, and I was lucky enough to join Shakespeare’s Globe as Costume Supervisor on their UK and European tour of “Much Ado About Nothing”.

I rounded out these practical experiences with several intensive short courses at Jenny Tiramani’s School of Historical Dress, taking classes in 18th Century Breeches, 1930’s Drapery, History of Armour, 17th Century Embroidery, and Tailoring.   I was also invited attended a series of truly inspiring master classes at the National Theatre Studio.

During this extraordinary trip I found my wonderful agent and was offered my first production at Sydney Theatre Company.   I am now based in Sydney and currently working on “Hamlet” for Bell Shakespeare and “Bajazet” for Pinchgut Opera.

Previous Recipient Career Update

Anna Cordingley

In the European autumn and winter of 2013, the Kristian Fredrikson Memorial Scholarship took me to Germany and the UK on a bender of theatre, opera, dance and fine art voyeurism.  The ambition was to form ties and forge relationships with choice opera houses, theatre companies and (most importantly) Warburgian aficionados, and this I did.

Basing myself along the Landwehrkanal canal in east Kreuzberg, I attended the Volkshochschule each morning, Barrie Koskie’s rehearsals at Komische most afternoons and the Schaubuhne, the Volksbuhne, the Philharmonie, the Staatsopera etc etc of an evening. I devoured the entire program of Ruhrtriennale in the country’s west.  And on the last of the warm days in October, staged a street art intervention with the children of Liegnitzer Strasse to rival all other design pursuits…

While living in Berlin, I designed the State Library of Victoria’s Victor Hugo exhibition (opened mid 2014); the research for which took me to France and Guernsey for discussions with conservators and curators at Maison de Victor Hugo, Hauteville House, the Musee Rodin and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Come December and across the North Sea, I attended lectures marking the eightieth anniversary of the clandestine transportation of Aby Warburg’s formidable Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek from Hamburg to London, and was humbled to meet the grandson and great grandchildren of the man himself.

Now in 2015, I’m designing for Sydney Festival, Melbourne festival, STCSA, Griffin & Arts House, lecturing at the Victorian College of the Arts and looking after Louis, the other magical project to grow from my time in Berlin.

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Victoria Lamb

I designed two shows in 2014, “Kryptonite” for the Sydney Theatre Co. and “Othello” in Adelaide, for State Theatre SA.

Kryptonite was a real joy to design. An intelligent, new, two hander that looked at the current China/Australia relationship, by veteran writer Sue Smith.

It was a real privilege to get to design another Shakespeare production on the main stage. The production was a very physical, primal interpretation with a young cast including an Australian/Palestinian actor playing Othello. My set included 5 tonnes of sand.

I’m still in talks to confirm design commissions for this year. My miniatures work is going very well and it takes me to the US often, which I enjoy. I will be attending a big convention this March in Chicago.

Swan Lake

There is another chance to see Kristian Fredrikson’s beautiful designs for Graeme Murphy’s ‘Swan Lake’. It opens the Australian Ballet’s 2015 season on 20th of February at The Capital Theatre in Sydney. It was first presented by the Australian Ballet in Melbourne in 2002 and last year made its US West coast premiere in Los Angeles before traveling to San Francisco. The Sydney season is from 20th to 28th of February 2015.

Announcing 2014 Recipient of The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in The Performing Arts

The Founding Committee has great pleasure in announcing that West Australian designer Alicia Clements is the 2014 recipient of The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship For Design in The Performing Arts. The official presentation will take place at The Green Room Awards on 28th April at The Comedy Theatre Melbourne.

There will be a display of Alicia’s designs in The Smorgon Family Plaza at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, until 11th of May.

Alicia Clements Biography

Alicia studied Design at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She graduated in 2008 and received the inaugural David Hough Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2011 she traveled to Paris to study the design development of menswear as part of an internship and went on to receive several professional development grants from The Australia Council for the Arts.

In 2012 Alicia was made Resident Designer with Black Swan State Theatre Company in Perth. She has designed 11 productions for the company since 2009, and has received three Equity Guild nominations for ‘Best Design’ for her work. Alicia has also collaborated with Barking Gecko Theatre Company designing, the Helpmann Award Nominated productions of Duck, Death and the Tulip and Driving into Walls, and assisting Gypsy Taylor on her Helpmann Award nominated design for The Red Tree.

Alicia has contributed set and costume designs for productions by, Deckchair Theatre Company, STEPS Youth Dance Company and Onward Productions. In 2013 she joined Will O’Mahony in forming The Skeletal System, a theatre company dedicated to new Australian work. The Skeletal System is one of six West Australian independent companies to be awarded the inaugural THEATRE WORKS Grant by the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Alicia is currently working in London, where she is costume supervisor for a production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe. She is also assisting designer Isla Shaw on a number of productions which are touring the West End and venues throughout the United Kingdom.

Alicia will return to Australia in June to design a site-specific production of The Emperor of Atlantis for the newly established opera company, Lost and Found. She will also work as designer and producer on a development season of Coma Land, a new play by award-winning writer/director Will O’Mahony.

2014 Scholarship recipient to be announced at The Green Room Awards

Congratulations to designer Anna Cordingley, our 2012 scholarship recipient on her two 2013 Green Room Award Nominations, set and costume design with Romanie Harper for M+M (Daniel Schlusser Ensemble) in The Ensemble Category, and set and costume design for The Bloody Chamber (Malthouse Theatre) in The Theatre Company Category.

The 2014 Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship recipient will be announced and presented by Fiona Reilly as part of The Green Room Awards at the Comedy Theatre on April 28th.

Applications Closed

Thank-you for all the applications we received, they are now being assessed.
The selection committee have been very impressed with the high standard of work submitted.
Applicants will be notified in late February.

Applications Open

We are pleased to announce that applications are officially open for the 2014 Scholarship.

Please visit the ‘APPLY’ page on our website and follow the instructions on the downloadable application form.  Please note that applications will close on Monday 2nd December 2013.

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Application Information

The Founding Committee will soon be inviting applications for the 2014 scholarship.  Applications for theatrical designers and makers open October 1st 2013 and close December 1st 2013.  The successful recipient will be announced at The Green Room Awards 2014.

Please check the website closer to applications opening for an updated application form.