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Watch: Jon Bausor on designing for opera and ballet

The designer discusses working with artists including Cathy Marston and the influence of music on his work.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

21 May 2013 at 5.33pm | Comment on this article

From productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company to the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games 2012, set designer Jon Bausor has a diverse collection of credits to his name.

His work with the Royal Opera House includes set and costume design for Cathy Marston’s Ghosts; William Tuckett’s Pleasure’s Progress and The Thief of Baghdad; and, most recently, Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel. Cathy Marston's new work Witch Hunt opens on 22 May. We spoke to John to find out what influences his designs.

‘I’ve worked a lot with Cathy Marston. Together we made a couple of pieces, including Ghosts, based on Ibsen’s play,’ he says, ‘It’s interesting how I have learned my craft of costume particularly from dance; working out how clothes move and how fabric works on a person rather than it just becoming an aesthetic. My interest in dance has informed how I use space.’

John’s most recent designs for Hansel and Gretel were inspired by the style and atmosphere of a 1950s horror movie. Find out more about his work on the production.

Cathy Marston’s Witch Hunt opens on Wednesday 22 May and will run until Saturday 25 May. Tickets are still available.
Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel returns in the 2013/14 Season.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

21 May 2013 at 5.33pm

This article has been categorised Dance and tagged behind the scenes, by Cathy Marston, by Liam Scarlett, costume, design, Hansel and Gretel, John Bausor, model box, Production, scenic art, stage, Witch Hunt

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