Remembering Kristian Fredrikson

28 October 2011 | By admin

Kristian Fredrikson
Kristian Fredrikson
Designs for Nutcracker - The Story of Clara
Designs for Nutcracker - The Story of Clara
Costumes for
Costumes for "The Dance of the Hours" in Coppélia

“The world will be a little less beautiful now that we don’t have Kristian to redesign it for us.”

David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet

Kristian Fredrikson was one of the world’s most extraordinary theatre designers. Here at The Australian Ballet we had the great fortune to have several of our productions designed by him, notably the Graeme Murphy blockbusters Nutcracker – The Story of Clara and Swan Lake. We also treasure the charming (and sinister!) confections he dreamed up for Coppélia and the magical, Eastern-tinged world he created for Stanton Welch’s The Sleeping Beauty.

The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in the Performing Arts was inaugurated as an ongoing memorial to Kristian (who died in 2005). It’s a $10,000 travelling scholarship intended to assist an Australian designer or maker to study overseas. More about the scholarship here.

Meanwhile, we remember Kristian’s incomparable, sumptuous, eccentric work in this photo gallery of his designs for our company. Here’s hoping his memorial scholarship helps talent like this emerge into the world.

If you’d like to examine Fredrikson designs in more detail, the DVDs of Nutcracker – The Story of Clara, and Coppélia are part of our DVD Heritage Collection.