Tatyana van Walsum enjoys a career as a set and costume designer working across many art forms including ballet, theatre and opera, as well as exhibition and film.
Tatyana maintains several key collaborations with choreographers including Krzysztof Pastor, Dominique Dumais and Kevin O’Day, taking her to houses all over the world such as Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam; Polish National Ballet, Warsaw; Stuttgart Ballet, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Toronto Ballet Company, The Australian Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Royal Ballet Sweden and the Joffrey Ballet Chicago. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix Benois de la Dance for best scenography (Le Jour Même/Lyon Opera Ballet) and The Green Room Award for best ballet design (Symphonie fantastique/Australian Ballet).
Her work with Krzysztof spans many years; their most recent work includes costume design for The Tempest at Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam (co-production with Polish National Ballet) and set and costume design for Romeo & Juliet at the Polish National Opera Warsaw and the Joffrey Ballet Company Chicago. It also includes Ravel’s Bolero in Amsterdam and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique for The Australian Ballet.
At the Kevin O’Day Ballet Mannheim, she regularly collaborates with resident choreographer Dominique Dumais on contemporary works and creations including Tracing Isadora, Little Prince, Frida, Woolf, Time and other Matters, Lebenslenien, Broken Verse and Resonance Chopin. Their first work together was Skin Divers, created for the Komische Oper, Berlin. Her collaborations with Kevin O’Day include set, costume and video design for Othello at the Ballet Nationaltheater Mannheim and Hamlet for the Stuttgart Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.
Other choreographers with whom Tatyana works include Martino Müller (their first projects being A woman can take you…. and Heidi at the Nederlands Dans Theatre, The Hague), Peter Schaufuss (La sylphide at La Scala Milan and Hamlet at Royal Ballet Denmark), Cathy Marston (Figure in Progress and Tide Lines/The Royal Ballet London) and Annabel Lopez (Requiem for a Rose/Pennsylvania Ballet, Since/Dutch National Ballet). Other creations include the world première of John Adams’ Century Rolls with Ashley Page for the Polish National Ballet.
Theatre credits include set and costume design for Olivier Provily’s production of Aars, Crave and The Pelikan (Strindberg); design of Warenhuis directed by Gijs de Lange for Beumer en Drost and set design for Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, directed by Progy Francssen for De Appel Theater, Den Haag. Tatyana also enjoys a collaboration – spanning more than fifteen years – with music theatre company Orkater, where her work includes Bloedband, Hof van Haile and, most recently (2014), Goldmund – all directed by Gijs de Lange. Opera projects include sets and costumes for Così fan tutte with Nigel Warrington for Aarhus Opera Festival Denmark, winner of the Reumert Pris Award for best opera production of the year.
Current exhibition design projects include Grace Kelly at Paleis Het Loo Apeldoorn – so successful it was extended by an additional three months and will tour to Baku later this year. Her current exhibition design – Sisi – Fairy Tale and Reality (also for Palais Het Loo), opens in April 2015. Tatyana has also designed many exhibitions for the Amsterdams Historisch Museum, including Theater na Tomaat, Couture locale and Rijk gekleed, with curator Annemarie den Dekker.