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Nina Kobiashvili

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Nina Kobiashvili graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design with a BA (Hons) in Theatre & Performance Design. She then received a Commendation of Excellence Award from the BBC Vision Design Awards for Production Design.

Prior to her career in set design, she graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia with an MSc (Hons) in General Internal Medicine.

Nina Kobiashvili is international stage designer whose projects range from theatre to global Sporting Events, Films and TV. She has been working in several countries: UK, Germany, Canada, Russia and Georgia.

Current projects include:

Set design for the World Premiere Touring Production of the musical on ice Romeo and Juliet at the Verona Arena, Italy. Directed by Ilya Averbukh, World Champion skater and award-winning director and choreographer. This spectacular production brings together over 60 World, Olympic and European Championship skaters.

Production design for Remembrance Ballet by Greg Billingsley for the New English Ballet at the Peacock Theatre, London, choreographed by Wayne Eagling (former principal at The Royal Ballet and Artistic Director of the English National Ballet).

Art direction for the annual gala, Russian Ballet Icons by Ensemble productions at The Coliseum, London, 2018 (Nina has designed each gala since 2012). Dedicated to the history of Russian ballet, this multimedia experience features performances by international dancing stars. Artistic direction by world renowned choreographers Wayne Eagling, David Makhateli and Andris Liepa.

Recent projects include:
Set design for the play, The Audience by Peter Morgan, at The Moscow State Theatre of Nations, Russia, 2017. Directed by Gleb Panfiliov, Cannes Prize Award-winning director for creative contribution to film and Honored Professor of the National Academy of Cinematographic Science and Arts in Russia. The production’s Russian star, Inna Churikova, won the “Crystal Turandot” Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II.

Set design for the musical on ice, The Nutcracker and Mouse King at the Ice Palace, Park of Legends, Moscow, Russia, 2016. Directed by Ilya Averbukh, as above.

Set design for the musical on ice, Carmen by Ilya Averbukh at the Olympic Park, Sochi, Russia, 2015. The production received the Oleg Yankovsky Award “Creative Discovery” at The Open Arts Festival: Bosco di Ciliegi (Chereshnevy les), Moscow, Russia, 2016.

Set design for the musical Illusio by Felix Mikhaylov with the movement direction by UK choreographer Quinny Sacks at the Art Show Centre, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2014.

Set and costume design for the Cameron Mackintosh musical Oliver! by Lionel Bart for the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre at the Shota Rustaveli State Drama Theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2012. Directed by David Sakvarelidze.

Set and costume design for the opera, Mitridate, re di Ponto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre in collaboration with the Shota Rustaveli State Drama Theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2011.
Conducted by Gianluca Marciano, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the of the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre; directed by by its General Director David Sakvarelidze.
Stage design for Gorby 80: The Man Who Changed the World (the Mikhail Gorbachev charitable gala concert and award ceremony), at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2011. Directed by Felix Mikhaylov.

Production design for the TV drama, Poppy Shakespeare, Channel Four TV, UK, 2007. Awarded the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  Directed by Benjamin Ross for Cowboy Films.
Production design for the feature films and TV drama:
Generation P, directed by Victor Ginzburg,
Jolly Fellows, directed by Felix Mikhaylov,
The Seventh Day, directed by Kakha Kikabidze,
Unexpected Joy, directed by Martiros Fanosyan.

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