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Dionisis Fotopoulos

Set Designer, Costume Designer
He was born in Kalamata. After the death of his father during the Civil War, he moved to Athens with his mother and his brother, Vasilis. He studied painting, mosaics, sculpture and set design at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Yannis Tsarouchis, Giorgos Mavroidis, Eleni Voila, Vasilis Fotopoulos and Thanasis Apartis (1967). He then moved to London where he studied scenography. He was closely associated with Yiannis Moralis, Nikos Engonopoulos, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Elli Lambeti, Melina Merkouri and Odysseas Elytis. He designed sets for all theater types and forms, applying modern tendencies and new material, and was especially interested in the revival of ancient drama. He worked with Greek state theaters, the Epidaurus Festival, the Athens Concert Hall, the Art Theater, as well as with small and avant-garde theater troupes. From 1990 onwards, he worked with international companies and renowned directors, such as Peter Stein, Peter Hall, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Luca Ronconi, Andrei Șerban, etc. He designed the sets for more than 400 theater performances and 45 films. In the film industry, he collaborated with Nikos Panagiotopoulos, Michael Cacoyannis, Jules Dassin, Pantelis Voulgaris and Nikos Koundouros. He was named Royal Designer for Industry (1992), as well as an Honorary Doctor of the Department of Theater Studies of the University of Athens and was awarded the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour (Greece). He was also honored at the Thessaloniki Film Festival and received three state awards for costume design. He contributed as a writer and/or editor to many publications on scenography and theatrical costume (1980-2013). For the GNO, he designed the sets for the operas The rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny [Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny] (1977/78), Werther (1983/84) and Otello (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1985).