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Jérôme Kaplan

Born in Paris in 1964, Jérôme studied Scenography at L’Ecole de la Rue Blanche and after graduating in 1987 began working extensively designing sets and costumes for theatre and opera.

In 1992 he collaborated with the Ballets de Monte Carlo for the first time on L’Enfant et les sortilèges and has since designed sets and costumes for their productions of Romeo and JulietCinderellaCasse-Noisette CircusEye for Eye and Scheherazade.

In 2001, Jérôme became the first French scenographer to be invited to work with the National Ballet of China in Beijing where he created costumes for Raise the Red Lantern staged by the director Zhang Yimou.

Jérôme has worked extensively with Bertrand d’At and his recent work also includes: The Prince of Pagodas, Opera of Strasbourg, In the Mood for Love, Ballet of Shanghai, with Karine Sporta, Feu le Music Hall, Comédie-Française and In the Night Look, Opera of Cairo. He has also worked with David Nixon OBE on Northern Ballet’s OndineA Sleeping Beauty Tale and The Great Gatsby. Other recent ballet work includes: Christopher Wheeldon’s The Sleeping Beauty, with Ib Andersen on Kermesse in Bruges for the Royal Ballet of Denmark and with Nacho Duato on The Nutcracker for the Mikhailovsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg.

Since 2010 Jérôme has worked with Alexei Ratmansky creating sets and costumes for Don Quixote for the Dutch National Ballet, the world premiére of Lost Illusions for the Bolshoi in Moscow, for which he won a Golden Mask Award in 2012 for costume design, and Cinderella for the Australian Ballet in Melbourne.