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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:

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.

Announcing the 2016 winner: David Fleischer

Sydney based designer David Fleischer is the 2016 recipient of The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship For Design in The Performing Arts. David is a freelance designer, he graduated from The National Institute of Dramatic Arts in 2009 where he now is an Associate Lecturer.

He plans to use the award of $12,000 to embark on a series of internships with three major European companies in London, Italy and Germany including The Komische Oper Berlin, run by Australian Barrie Kosky. David will also observe various current theatrical productions as well as attending major performing arts festivals.

This trip will fulfill David’s intention of expanding his exposure to international design practices and work possibilities beyond Australia.

There will be a display of David’s designs at the Arts Centre Melbourne in The Smorgon Family Plaza, opening April 4th and closing May 29th. To see more of David’s designs please refer to

Reminder: applications close 1st December

There is less than a month until applications close for this round of the Scholarship.

Applications open October 1st 2015

The Founding Committee will soon be inviting applications for the 2016 scholarship.  Applications for theatrical designers and makers open October 1st 2015 and close December 1st 2015.  The successful recipient will be announced at The Green Room Awards 2016.

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

Michelle Potter on Kristian Fredrikson

We would like to draw to the attention of dance aficionados to Michelle Potter’s Dance Diary link

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.