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WSD2017|The Little Mermaid
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



The Little Mermaid

Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

The world premiere ballet, The Little Mermaid, is inspired by H.C Andersen’s fairy tale including details from his biography. The Little Mermaid combines classical ballet with contemporary dance. Visually it bridges classical ballet scenography with modern technology exploring the future of ballet design. For example, the underwater world is brought to life with cutting-edge 3D projections.
The visual dramaturgy is integral to this unprecedented ballet due to the cohesive collaboration of the creative team from conception to realisation. The scenography is comprised of twelve different set designs and the concept of each scene has been enriched with lighting and the use of projections incorporated into the scenography.
The production has run for three sold out seasons and has received critical acclaim.


takis is an international performance designer based in London, whose innovative and diverse body of work encompasses West End productions, and leading UK theatres, Major International Musicals, Opera, Ballet and Circus productions.

takis studied Costume and Set Design at the Romanian National University of Arts in Bucharest and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on the Theatre Technical Arts Course. He undertook practice based research at London College of Fashion, researching new methodologies of design in Fashion and Performance and he is currently completing his Doctoral research at Aalto University, Finland.
He has worked for Companies including: Finnish National Opera, Frankfurt Opera House, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, London National Theatre, Old Vic, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Barbican, Curve, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Royal Brighton, Royal & Derngate, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Haugesund Theater (Norway), Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Rambert Dance Company, as well as the Bush, Soho, Mercury, Sherman & Citizens Theatres amongst others.

takis' work has been exhibited at the Design Museums in London and Helsinki and the Bucharest Modern Art Museum.



Email Address: email@takis.info


The Premiere Date of Production 2015-10-23

The Premiere Space of Production FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA

Author Kenneth Greve & Tuomas Kantelinen

Director/ Choreographer Kenneth Greve (Choreographer)

Set Designer takis

Lighting Designer Kalle Ropponen

Costume Designer Erika Turunen

Sound Designer Tuomas Kantelinen (composer)

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Jouka Valkama

Other Creative Collaborator/s Conductor Robert Reimer