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Tom Ciller


Studied set design at the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He has designed sets and costumes for numerous drama, opera and musical productions. He has worked with, for example, the Slovak National Uprising Theatre in Martin, the Polárka theatre in Brno, the South Bohemia Theatre in České Budějovice and, primarily, with the National Theatres in Prague, Brno and Bratislava. At the National Theatre Prague he has created sets design for the productions of Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan (2003), The Thousand and One Nights (2005) and Lope de Vega’s play The Dog in the Manger (2005). In Brno he has participated in creating, among other productions, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Strauss’s Ithaka, Lessing’s Emilia Galotti and Sophocles’ Antigone. At the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava he has designed sets for Schimmelpfennig’s Arabian Night, Brecht’s Mother Courage, Büchner’s Leonce und Lena, Schiller’s Intrigue and Love, the dramatisation of It Happened on September the First, based on Pavol Rankov’s novel, and Martin Burlas’s minimalist opera Coma. His set design for Intrigue and Love was nominated for the DOSKY Slovak theatre award, while his set designs for Arabian Night and Leonce und Lena won this prize in 2004 and 2008. Furthermore, he has worked on a long-term basis at Prague’s Činoherní klub, for which he has created sets for the productions of Sukhovo-Kobylin’s The Trial, Fosse’s plays The Name and Night Sings Its Songs, Moliere’s Amphitryon, Feydeau’s Tailleur pour dames (The Ladies’ Dressmaker), Vinterberg and Rukov’s Festen (The Celebration) and Marina Carr’s play By the Bog of Cats. In 2006 he designed the sets for a production of Schimmelpfennig’s Die Frau von früher (The Woman from the Past) at the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana. Moreover, he has collaborated with Bratislava’s Aréna theatre (for example, Viliam Klimáček: Dr. Gustáv Husák) and with the J. K. Tyl Theatre Opera in Pilsen, where he has created set designs for Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi (under the title Julie, 2001), Smetana’s The Bartered Bride (2002, the production won the main prize of the Opera 2003 festival), Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Verdi’s La traviata (both 2003).