Esther Bialas

Set and costume designer
She studied costume design in Hamburg. She has a longstanding collaboration with theatre director Nicolas Stemann, designing costumes for his productions of Hamlet (Hannover State Theatre), Jelinek’s The Work (Burgtheater, Vienna) and Schiller’s The Robbers (Thalia Theater, Hamburg). Together with director Christiane Pohle, she founded the women’s theatre company LaborLavache, presented at the Schauspielhaus Zürich. She has designed stages and costumes for the Theater Basel, Vienna Burgtheater and the Deutsches Theater Berlin for opera productions in Lucerne and Basel as well as for film. Her collaborations as a stage and costume designer with director Barrie Kosky include Strindberg’s A Dream Play (Deutsches Theater Berlin), Strauss’ Die schweigsame Frau (Bavarian State Opera, Munich), as well as Abraham’s Ball im Savoy, Seven Songs, The Seven Deadly Sins, West Side Story and Die Zauberflöte, all at the Komische Oper in Berlin.Moreover, she has designed Les contes d’Hoffmann (Bregenz Festival, dir. Stefan Herheim) and Peter Eötvös’ Three Sisters (Vienna State Opera).