ANDY BARGILLY


CYCSTAT honorary president 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Born in Famagusta in 1947, studied stage and costume design at DAMU in Prague, followed further theatre and arts education in the U.S.A., U.K. and Germany.

 

Director of the Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC) for 13 years. Co-founder and first artistic director of SKALA Theatre. Founder, ex-President and Honorary President of the Cyprus Centre of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians. Artistic Director for events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus. Currently Artistic director of KYPRIA International Festival. Served as member of the Executive Council of the European Theatre Convention (ETC). 

 

Designed sets and/or costumes for more than 140 theatre, ballet, opera, cinema and television productions in Cyprus, Greece and Germany. Notable collaborations with: Cyprus Theatre Organisation, Kassel State Theatre (Germany), State Theatre of Northern Greece, Municipal and Regional Theatre of Kalamata, Goerlitz Municipal Theatre. He worked with distinguished directors and choreographers such as Vladimiros Kafkarides, Valery Akhatov, Evis Gavrielides, Ralph Koltai, Jean-Claude Berutti, Diagoras Chronopoulos, Michael Leinert, Nicos Haralambous, Stavros Tsakiris, Antonio Colandrea, Michael Redwood, Kyros Papavassiliou etc.

 

Repeated National participant in the Prague Quadrennial (PQ) as Exhibitor, Curator, Theme Author and Architect. His stage set of Euripides’ Phoenician Women was chosen and presented at the World Exhibition of Stage Design (WSD) 2005 in Toronto. He also exhibited at WSD 2009 in Seoul and in group stage design exhibitions in Cyprus. In 2017 he had a big retrospective exhibition at the Cyprus University.

 

The London daily, Guardian, in its electronic edition of 31st January 2015, included his work for the Phoenician Women among the 16 most stunning set designs world-wide for the period 1990-2005. 

 

Key figure in the making of the Cyprus Theatre Museum and new THOC premises. First to introduce the minimalistic approach in stage design and the technique of the black-light theatre to Cyprus.

 

With his personal initiative and efforts Cyprus has for first time participated the Prague Quadriennial in 1991.

 

Awards:

Cyprus Theatre Organisation Theatre Prize for Best Scenography for 1999-2001 for THOC production of Aeschylus’ play Seven Against Thebes directed by Varnavas Kyriazis. 

5th Festival for Short Films and Documentaries, Art Direction Prize for the film Oedipus by Joachim Mylonas, 2009.

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