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Jérôme Kaplan


Jérôme Kaplan

Born in Paris in 1964, Jérôme studied Scenography at L’Ecole de la Rue Blanche. On graduating in 1987 he designed the costumes for three operas staged by Ariel Garcia Valdès: The Barber of Seville, Don Quixote, Montezuma and two works, Fludde Noye’s and Journal d’un usager de l’espace, staged by Charlotte Nessi and produced by the Bastille Opera.

In 1991 Jérôme discovered the world of dance when he met the choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, and went on to design sets and costumes for numerous ballets including L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Roméo et Juliette, Cendrillon (Cinderella), Casse-Noisette Circus, Œil pour Œil (Eye for Eye) and in December 2009 the ballet Scheherazade for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. He also created the costumes for Raise the Red Lantern staged by director Zhang Yimou and choreographed by Xin Peng Wang for the National Ballet of China in Beijing. He has also worked for Opera of Strasbourg, Shanghai Ballet, National Ballet of Finland, National Ballet of Korea, Royal Opera of Stockholm and Northern Ballet.

In 2010 Jérôme created sets and costumes for Don Quixote choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky for the National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet) in Amsterdam and the ballet Tornerose (Sleeping Beauty) by Christopher Wheeldon for the Royal Ballet of Denmark (Det Kongelige Ballet) in Copenhagen. In April 2011, Jérôme designed sets and costume for the world creation of Lost Illusions (Les Illusions Perdues) choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky according to Balzac, music by Leonid Desyatnikov, in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, winning the Golden Mask 2012 for Best Costume Designer.

Jérôme’s most recent works with Northern Ballet was on set and costume design for Ondine and the sets for The Great Gatsby.