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Boris Kudlička

Date and place of birth: 1972, Ruzomberk, Slovakia

Living place: Warsaw, Poland

Theme: art, stage design

ECC Participation: artist

photo: WWAA

One of the most interesting and inspiring stage designers who works for the Polish opera. He has developed his instantly recognizable style in co-operation with the director Mariusz Treliński. „Madame Butterfly”, „King Roger” or „Eugene Onegin” are productions that break the traditional operatic form. Kudlička departs from the idea of theatrical scenery as a background and creates a signifying space on the stage. Minimalistic design, variety of textures and materials – these are the distinctive features of this stage designer.

„The technological progress is so huge that also stage design must undergo a revolution.”

He studied stage design and costumography at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen. In 1995 he started co-operation with the Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw. Kudlička works on a permanent basis with few directors.

In 2006 he was rewarded with The Medal For Merits to Culture - Gloria Artis that is awarded by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In the next year he won the golden medal at the Quadriennale 2007 in Prague.