Paul Gallis Set Design

The Dutch set designer Paul Gallis created his first professional stage set for the production of Eva Peron at the Holland Festival in 1974. He received an Albert van Dalsum Award for his stage, costume and lighting designs for the show Schreber. For seven years he was a member of the Artistic Directors of the Globe, one of the most famous Dutch groups at that time, which was renowned for its unique sets.

In 1987 he founded the Theatergroep Amsterdam, where he was an Artistic Director until 2001. In cooperation with the New York artist Robert Longo, he created the sets for the theatre performance of Janine Brogt’s Solid Ashes. Paul Gallis designed the sets for Schnitzler’s Far and Wide at the Schiller Theatre in Berlin, for The Marriage of Figaro at the Opera House in Nice, for Tschechow’s The Seagull at the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg, for West Side Story at the Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen and later at the La Scala in Milan, Moffenblues and Penthesilea at the Deutsches Theatre in Berlin and Malstrom at the Theatre in Bonn. On Broadway, he has created the sets for Cyrano, The Musical, and for Evita, Elisabeth and Joe, The Musical at his home in Holland. In 2001, his stage designs for the production of Elisabeth in Essen brought him the Musical Award 2001, which is awarded annually by reader vote by the magazine “musicals”. Other projects include work for operas such as HansWerner Henze’s The Prince of Homburg, Gilbert und Sullivan’s The Mikado and Thyeste by Jan van Vlijmen/ Hugo Claus as well as for plays such as Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. Paul Gallis has designed more than 220 sets worldwide. He also worked on the design for the Dutch pavilion at the Expo in Seville. Additionally, he has organized large exhibitions for the Tropical Institute and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden and the Open Air Museum in Arnheim. In 1991 he received the Proscenium Award, which is awarded by the united theatre houses in Holland for exceptional service to the theatre.

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