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WSD2017|The Child and the Spells
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers

Czech Republic

Simona Rybakova

The Child and the Spells

Selected Category: Costume Design

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

L´enfant et les sortileges"( The child and the Spells) is a Maurice Ravel´s opera which is not simple play to put on. Beautiful and rich music accompanies a story with many spatial and action changes as well as quick costumes changes. The low budget of this commission lead to choosing simple but visually attractive theme of the designs. For me as the costume designer it meant creating a basic costume for each actor and use statement pieces for individual character changes which took place straight on the stage in front of the audience. This was allowed thanks to the ability of the directors to work with only the characters´ symbols and the actors´s movement on stage. The emphasis of the project was on the imaginative and surreal atmosphere of dramatic situations and discreet humour which was especially appreciated by cheering young audiences.


Simona Rybakova

Simona Rybáková Ph.d, is a Czech costume designer, and independent researcher born in Prague 1963.
She studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, while also trained at the University of Applied Arts in Helsinki, Finland and at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, USA.
She was the Czech representative in OISTAT Executive Committee (1997-2007), and is currently the Czech delegate in the OISTAT Performance Design Committee and Head of the Costume Design Group. She is also a member of the European Film Academy and Czech Film and Television Academy as well.
She won the PQ99 Golden Triga as a commissioner (with Šimon Caban) of the Czech national exhibition and did outstanding work for theatre reflecting the award for costume design in World stage design Cardiff 2013.
In 2011 she was the curator of the Extreme Costumes exhibition at PQ11.
Two years ago she defended dissertation focusing on alternatives and new ways in contemporary costume designing .
Thanks to the wide scope of her education and the experiences from her own dance and theatre group Ballet Unit Cramp, she had a potential to work in many different fields of costume and fashion design, where she combined a wide range of influences. Today she creates costumes for theatre, television, film, dance, concerts, site specific projects and special events.

Email Address: rybakovasimona@gmail.com

Theatre Company Southbohemia Opera České Budějovice

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-05-06

The Premiere Space of Production Theatre in České Budějovice

Author Maurice Ravel

Director/ Choreographer SKUTR - Lukáš Trpišovský , Martin Kukučka

Set Designer Jakub Kopecký

Lighting Designer Skutr, Jakub Kopecký

Costume Designer Simona Rybáková

Sound Designer Mario Rossi - conductor

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Jakub Kopecký