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Nicolaos Georgiadis

Painter, Set designer, Costume designer
He was born in Athens on 14/9/1923 or 1925. He studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (1946-1948). His pursued graduate studies at Columbia University (1952-1953) in New Yoerk on a Fulbright scholarship. Sponsored by the British Council, he continued his studies in painting and set design at the Slade School of Fine Art of University College London (1953-1955). In 1955 he met the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan with whom he embarked on a lifelong collaboration. Until the end of his life, he designed sets and costumes for numerous important ballet, opera and theater productions in Europe, including Greece. He worked with MacMillan on ballets Romeo & Juliet, Μanon, Mayerling, Orpheus, etc., creating productions that are still staged to this day. He also worked with choreographer/dancer Rudolf Nureyev on ballets Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and The Tempest. He held exhibitions of his paintings in Athens, London and Venice (1966). He designed the sets and costumes for the film Trojan Women by Michael Cacoyannis (1971). He collaborated with the Greek National Opera on the operas Anna Bolena (1975-1976), Don Giovanni (1975-1976) and Adriana Lecouvreur (1991-1992). He also collaborated with the Athens Concert Hall on the operas La traviata (1995) και Antigone by Theodorakis. He taught set design at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, where he influenced the younger generations of set and costume designers with his deep knowledge in the visual arts and architecture. He was co-founder of the Society of British Theatre Designers (1971). He received the Order of the British Empire medal for his contribution to the arts (1984). In 1999 he was proclaimed a member of the Academy of Athens. In 2000, the Museum and Study Centre of the Greek Theatre awarded him with the “Menadros” prize for his work during the years 1998-2000.