Tribute to Maria Bjornson

23 September 2009, 14.45 – 16.00
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Tel. 020 7942 2000. Free Admission

As part of the first International Festival of Scenic Arts (see details below), which will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum, there will take place a special session devoted to acclaimed theatre and opera designer Maria Bjornson.

Impresario and designer Adam Pollock, an authority on Maria’s work, will be giving an illustrated presentation. Theatre directors David Pountney and Jonathan Kent will be joining him on stage.

For further information, contact the Maria Bjornson Archive: Michael Lee, Tel. 020 7242 2231, e-mail . Further details on

MARIA BJORNSON (1949-2002)
Maria Bjornson was a theatre and opera designer of Romanian descent. As a child, she lived for many years with the family of Ion Ratiu, who acted as her legal guardian.
One of the most important contemporary designers on the international stage, Maria Bjornson worked on more than a hundred productions, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. She was awarded many prizes including two Tony awards, and was part of the team which won the Golden Triga at the Prague Quadrennial in 1977 and 1988. Maria Bjornson was named ‘the Designer’s Designer’ in 1990 by her fellow scenographers. To quote Cameron Mackintosh, ‘Everyone who worked with Maria fell under her spell and was amazed by her devotion and attention to detail’.
Maria Bjornson died in December 2002 at the age of 53. 
The International Festival of Scenic Arts (London)
A day in the company of Scenographers, Costume Designers & Lighting Designers
23 September 2009, 9.30 – 17.00, the Victoria & Albert Museum. Free Admission.

The V&A museum in London has been chosen to host the launch of the first International Festival of Scenic Arts, an event celebrating contemporary stage, set and costume design. The event is organised by The Scenographer magazine in collaboration with a number of leading European universities and their respective faculties of architecture and design.

Keynote speakers: William Dudley (stage and costume designer, video designer and 3D animator), lighting designers Rick Fisher and Paule Constable, John Pascoe (theatre director, stage and costume designer), Adam Pollock (impresario and theatre designer), David Pountney (theatre and opera director, artistic director of Bregenz Festival), and Jonathan Kent (producer, theatre director).
Special guests: scenographer Ezio Frigerio, and the Academy Award-winning costume designer, Franca Squarciapino.

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