Rifail Ajdarpasic & Ariane Isabell Unfried


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"We are an internationally operating artistic team with multiple awards for our creative work. Our esthetics is distinguished by a contemporary and content-focused approach within the scenic arts, which leads to highly individual and unique results in its artistic expression. The power of convincing ideas.
Beside our common projects we are also working separately as set designer and as costume designer."


RIFAIL AJDARPASIC
& ARIANE ISABELL UNFRIED

RIFAIL AJDARPASIC (Set-Designer and Exhibition-Designer)

Born in Stuttgart (Germany).
He graduated in Set & Exhibition-Design at the Highschool of Arts and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe (Germany).
At the beginning of his career as set-designer he was responsible for various modern dance productions in the
Off-Ballet-series for the young choreographers of the Vienna Opera House.
From 2003 to 2007 he realized in close collaboration with Ariane Isabell Unfried regurarly the set-designs for the international opera and theatre productions of the spanish director Calixto Bieito in Germany, England, Switzerland and Spain, embossing thereby significantly his direct aesthetics on stage at that time. Out of this period are among others outstanding and internationally awarded productions as
La Taviata, Il Trovatore, The Rake's Progress, Elektra, Don Carlos, King Lear and Hamlet.
At the same time he collaborated frequently as set-designer with the american director Francisco Negrin at the well-known opera houses in Spain, as in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, as well as in Germany and France, among others for outstanding and widely noticed productions as
Temistocle, L'arbore di Diana and Una cosa rara.
Since 2007 he is also designing regurarly the sets for the opera productions of the venezuelan director Carlos Wagner in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and France for outstanding productions as
Un ballo in maschera, La vie parisienne, La damnation de Faust, The fall of the house of Usher, Der fliegende Holländer and recently Lohengrin.
2011 the contemporary opera production
Gegen die Wand, where he was responsible for the set, was awarded with the most prestigious german theatre award Der Faust.
Among the premiered productions of the last years where he designed the sets, are titles like
L’Italiana in Algeri and Iolanta in France, as well as the awarded opera production Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor in Switzerland and Belgium, all of them directed by David Hermann, as well as the internationally widely noticed production Oedipe directed by Hans Neuenfels at the Opera House Frankfurt, Thais at the Opera Bonn directed by Francisco Negrin, Macbeth and I due Foscari in Germany and Switzerland, directed by Carlos Wagner, and lately Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen directed by Sebastian Welker.
For the productions of the italian director Nicola Berloffa he designed the sets for
L’Italiana in Algeri at the Opera Houses in Marseille and Avignon, as well as for the awarded production Carmen at the Opera House in Sankt Gallen in Switzerland, the Opera House of Tenerife in Spain and the Rennes Opera House in France.
Amongs some of the recently premiered productions are titles like
Rigoletto at the Opera House in Frankfurt, the world premiere of the contemporary opera Crusades by the german composer Ludger Vollmer in Freiburg, Lotario in Germany and Switzerland, Don Carlo. A Requiem in Münster and The Nutcracker in Munich.
Among some of the upcoming premieres are titles like
Die Dreigroschenoper/The Three-Penny-Opera in Dresden, the musical Jesus Christ Superstar within the Open-Air-Festival in Magdeburg, the american opera Street Scene and the baroque opera Serse in Germany.




ARIANE ISABELL UNFRIED (Set-Designer and Costume-Designer)

Born in Hamburg (Germany).
She studied Set- & Costume-Design at the Royal School of Dramatical Arts in Madrid, the Highschool of Applicated Arts in Vienna and at the Highschool of Arts and Media (ZKM) in Karlruhe (Germany), where she graduated in Set-Design.
At the beginning of her career as costume & set-designer she was responsible for various modern dance- and theatre productions in Spain and Austria, where she collaborated frequently with the austrian choreographer and dancer of the Vienna Opera House-Ballet Nikolaus Adler.
From 2003 to 2007 she realized in close collaboration with Rifail Ajdarpasic regurarly the set-designs, as well as frequently the costume-designs for the international opera and theatre productions of the spanish director Calixto Bieito in Germany, England, Switzerland and Spain. Out of this period are among others outstanding and internationally awarded productions as
La Taviata, Il Trovatore, The Rake's Progress, Elektra, Don Carlos, King Lear and Hamlet.
At the same time she collaborated frequently as set- & costume-designer with the american director Francisco Negrin at the well-known opera houses in Spain, as in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, as well as in Germany and France, among others for outstanding and widely noticed productions as
Temistocle, L'arbore di Diana, Una cosa rara and 2014 Thais at the Opera House in Bonn.
Since 2007 she is also designing regurarly the costumes for the opera productions of the venezuelan director Carlos Wagner in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and France for outstanding productions as
La damnation de Faust, The fall of the house of Usher and recently I due Foscari.
2011 the contemporary opera production
Gegen die Wand, where she was responsible for the costumes, was awarded with the most prestigious german theatre award Der Faust.
Among the premiered productions in the last years where she designed the costumes, are titles like
Iolanta in France, as well as the awarded opera production Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, awarded with the Parisian Critics Award in Switzerland and Belgium, all of them directed by David Hermann.
For the awarded production
Carmen of the italian director Nicola Berloffa she designed the costumes at the Opera House in Sankt Gallen in Switzerland, the Opera House of Tenerife in Spain and the Rennes Opera House in France.
Among some of the recently premiered productions are titles like the world premiere of the contemporary opera
Crusades by the german composer Ludger Vollmer in Freiburg, Lotario in Germany and Switzerland, Don Carlo. A Requiem in Münster and The Nutcracker in Munich.


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