Thomas Boudewijn (1994) graduated in 2018 from the Scenography department at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (Academy for Theatre and Dance). During his studies he worked with many artists and established professionals on both theatre’s classic plays as well as new works, creating scenic designs, autonomous installations, costumes, video and light. With this wide set of skills, Thomas is able to connect all visual aspects in a space or on stage to create a unique environment that not only enforces the essence of a story, but also aims to play an active role in the development of its protagonists. His works include productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Frank Wedekind’s Lulu, Sarah Kane’s Crave, 4:48 Psychosis and Cleansed and Martin Crimps’ Attempts on her Life. For his final exam Thomas collaborated with composer David Ko and students from the Conservatory of Amsterdam to stage an adapted version of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, titled Totem. For this production, 15 minutes of music was added between the Libera Me and In Paradisum in order to bring the idea of Paradise closer to earth and life itself. By doing so, with Totem, Fauré’s Requiem became not a mourning, but a celebration of the cycles in our environment and our state-of-mind.
Since 2016, Thomas has also been professionally involved with productions for both repertoire ensembles as well as touring companies. These include the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Dutch National Opera, Theater Rotterdam, Opera2Day, Holland Festival, Teatro dell’Opera Roma and La Monnaie/De Munt in Bruxelles. Here, Thomas worked with artists such as Peter Sellars, William Kentridge, Lena Newton, Wolfgang Gussmann, Susana Mendoza, Pierre Audi, Urs Schönebaum & Sabine Theunissen.
In 2018, Thomas was nominated for the Harry Wich Stipendium for Scenography and was rewarded by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds for his portfolio, who described his work as philosophical, poetic, experimental, boundless and grand.
Currently, Thomas is working on new productions premiering in 2021 at La Monnaie / De Munt and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, as well as a new opera in VR.
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