Una St Tropez
Signing as Una St Tropez, the artist declared her artistic debut in the village of her dreams. In the late ’90 Una discovered St Tropez and decided to dedicate her life to art.
Having spent 17 years in her gallery in St Tropez, Una decided to face the world herself. London, New York, Paris, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Portofino, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Moscow welcomed the collections that depicted the artist’s impression of the cities. From Royals to commoners, new people and different countries inspire new colours and techniques.
Every painting is dedicated to Richard, her guide and true friend in life. Una remains loyal to St Tropez where she creates most of her collections.
Una St Tropez adopts unique approach in combining ancient with modern, applying beeswax to minimalist and contemporary perception of the portrait. Expression remains intense and charged, just like the artist’s approach to her subjects.
Una’s works have been displayed at many public exhibitions: Milano – Art Gallery Milano, Moscow – Ritz Carlton, Moscow – Rolls Royce, Royal Radisson Hotel, Moscow – Kremlin Palace, St Tropez – Blanc d’Ivoire, St Tropez – Gallery “La Ponche”, St Tropez-Hotel de Paris, Bordeaux-Chateau Kirwan, Bordeaux-Opera National de Bordeaux, Monaco-Hotel Metropole, Paris-Olympia, St Tropez-Gallery ‘The Gallery St Tropez”, London-Cork Street Aberdeen Gallery, The Noble Gala at The Dorchester, Stapleford Park in honor of HRH Prince Azim of Brunei, Queen Charlotte’s Ball, Crypt Gallery Namur, Belgium Exhibition of the portraits of Che Guevara, Paris – The Museum Guimet, Olympia Paris, Dubai, UAE, Participation in the Authority’s celebration of 39th UAE National Day, Abu Dhabi, UAE, UAE Royal Collection, Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi, Portofino-St George Art Galleries, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Private Collection of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Lanvin, Celine, Doha, Qatar – W Hotel Doha, New York – Artfaire 2016, Moscow, Russia – Prestige Gallery.
Many of Una’s paintings are in private collections of Royalties and celebrities such as HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Members of Brunei, Saudi and UAE Royal family, Brigitte Bardot, Kevin Roberts (Worldwide CEO Saatchi & Saatchi), Gordon Ramsey among many others.
Una St Tropez is continuously working with many charities. Among them are MSF, Children of Lebanon, Tsunami crisis, Hospital in Vienna for terminally ill, Make a Wish Foundation and Magic of Persia.
Oliver Fiechter is a serial entrepreneur, founder of the scientific ISG Institute in St. Gallen and CEO of the Swiss investment company Mountains & Hills. As an economic philosopher he coined the term ‘Economy 3.0’. Fiechter focuses on the increasing importance of the networked individual, whose interactions with others leads to the expression of group needs in ground-swells of opinion that are changing the political and economic landscape.
Fiechter names three factors needed for companies to succeed in Economy 3.0: creativity, digitalization, and operation. In his latest books, he maps out a vision for a new digital order of cooperation to replace competition. With 25 years of investment experience, the global activities of his company and his modern management approach have made Fiechter a pioneer in innovation within the finance, services and creative sectors. His groundbreaking management tools allow companies to measure and report, in real-time, how soft factors are impacting financial performance. Companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Deloitte have followed suit by selling or adopting his tools.
As a former member of the Carlo Foundation, Fiechter is an expert in sustainability management, corporate rating and valuation.
Oliver Fiechter is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Established in 2005 by former US President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders and selected personalities to forge solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
Oliver counts poetry-writing amongst his creative passions. His next book of poems will be published next year.
As a partner of Theatrum Vitae he oversees all corporate and structural decisions.
Nathan J Clarke
Nathan J Clarke began his career at the age of 16 as a professional dancer and has since had an enviable, professional career as a much sought after Creative Director, Show Producer and Choreographer in the UK, Europe, Asia and in Australia too – which is where he hails from.
He was the Creative Director & Choreographer for The Voice UK for 4 years working very closely with Will.i.am, Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, Paloma Faith, Boy George, Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, The Keiser Chiefs and The Script.
As Director of Choreography for Intimissimi’s Opera Pop On Ice Nathan worked alongside famous director Francisco Negrin to create two of the world’s most spectacular Ice Shows, fusing Opera and Pop music with World Champion Ice skaters. These remarkable shows were headlined by Pharell Williams, Ellie Goulding and Keiser. This year Nathan will once again be lending his talents to create yet another ice production for INTIMISSIMI. Nathan himself does not skate at all so it is a further testament to his creativity and ability to deliver phenomenal pieces of choreography and translate them for performances on ice.
In 2012 he was the Associate Director & Choreographer for the Closing Ceremonies of both the London Olympic and Paralympic Games where he worked with some of the biggest names in music including Rihanna, Coldplay, The Spice Girls, Annie Lennox and One Direction.
Nathan was the Lead Choreographer for MTV EMAs in Frankfurt and then in Milan where he worked on performances for Jason Derullo, 5th Harmony, Pitbull, PSY and Carly Rae Jepsen. His credits cross all genres of the entertainment world – music videos, performances, touring, theatre, TV and film and he also has extensive experience in producing and creating for the world of sport, large scale branded events and high profile fashion catwalk and spectaculars.
Marina Vryonidou-Yiangou was born in Cyprus, grew up in Canada and studied Art and Graphic Design ~ Film & Television Studies in the UK. She subsequently worked as Assistant Director in TV Productions for the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, followed by the position of Cultural Officer for the Municipality of Nicosia. She was recruited by the Laiki Bank to establish a Cultural Foundation as part of the Bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme and was the Director of the Laiki Bank Cultural Centre until October 2012. From 2014 to 2016 she was the Chief Operating Officer for the Organization Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture.
During her career she promoted initiatives that included the acquisition and development of the Vyronos Museum in Nicosia, the Pierides Archaeological Museum in Larnaca and Cultural Centres in Nicosia and Pafos. She headed the creation of the Foundation’s cultural heritage collections of contemporary Cypriot art, historical and photographic archives related to Cyprus and the Pierides Ethnographic collection. In 1996 she promoted the introduction of museum educational programmes for children, which, in collaboration with the Cyprus Ministry of Education & Culture evolved into a national programme for elementary schools across Cyprus. She has curated many art, photographic and social history exhibitions, is also a writer and editor of a number of publications and an independent curator and cultural consultant.
Born in Greece into the family of a scientist and an artist, Ioannis Ouzounis decided his own direction in life very early on – he chose art. As a career path, it offered him the freedom of expression he was looking for and ensured that he could follow his creative talents wherever they led him. Initially, Ioannis studied professional make-up and body painting. However, having worked for some time in the area of TV production, he found it wasn’t quite the right path for him. Following his heart, he decided do some more studying, this time taking a course in 3D graphics and animation in the UK. This area turned out to be a perfect fit – a discipline in which there are no limits other than your own imagination. Since completing his studies, Ioannis has had great success applying his creative skills in many international projects and in a wide range of contexts, including TV commercials, video productions, electronic games and architectural visualizations.
Swedish music promoter and producer Ola Melzig’s long and successful career springs from a lifelong love of music. Starting out as a stagehand for EMA Telstar, he founded Sweden’s first crewing company – M Concert Crew – in 1994, and in 1997 Spectra appointed him as a project and production manager. From 2000 his work as technical production manager for the Eurovision Song Contest brought him international prominence, and he also managed the production of a number of Nobel Prize award banquets. In 2010 Ola Melzig was hired for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, as the Technical Director for Ceremonies. He was the Senior Technical Manager for the closing ceremony of the European Games, and acted as Technical Director for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016. He finds the concept of creating an ultra-modern show based on ancient stories very appealing: “I want the audience to leave the show with a genuine feeling that they have experienced not only the best show they ever seen, but the best concert, best theatre and best event – all at the same time. I want them to be blown away by the story, and the visual presentation of it. A good story never dies, even if it has been told for thousands of years.”
David Makhateli studied at the Tbilisi State Choreographic Institute and the Royal Ballet Upper School. After graduating, he worked with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet before accepting a Soloist position with the Houston Ballet (USA) – becoming a Principal Dancer shortly after. After being invited by Monica Mason of the Royal Ballet to dance the roles of Des Grieux (Manon) and Romeo (both Kenneth Macmillan productions) as a guest soloist, he joined the company as First Soloist in 2003 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2007. David Makhateli has won numerous international ballet competitions including Lausanne (Prix Espoir), Moscow Diaghilev International Ballet Competition (First Place junior division) and the International Ballet Competition in Paris (Diploma). In February 2008 he received a ‘Brilliance of the XXI Century’ award with fellow dancers at the Gala des Etoiles du XXIe Siècle in New York’s Lincoln Center, and a Star Medal of St. Vladimir. Renowned throughout the world, Mr. Makhateli has danced in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan), Japan (Tokyo, Osaka), Europe, the United States, Brazil, Cuba, China, Korea, Panama, Georgia and in the United Kingdom (where he performed for her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family). As a founder and Artistic Director of D&D Art Productions, David Makhateli has organised many International Ballet Galas and Festivals such as: ‘Meet the Stars’, ‘Nureyev and Friends’, ‘La Nuit des Etoiles’, ‘Stars with Maya Plisetskaya’, ‘Kremlin Ballet Festival’ and others. He has also organised and directed masterclasses in Brussels, Panama City, Tokyo and Barcelona. He is creator of the only large-scale ballet audition platform in the world (‘Grand Audition’), designed to help graduate dancers and young artists find jobs. In 2015 David Makhateli was invited to Panama to create the set and choreography for a production of The Nutcracker. He is also a visiting professor at London’s Royal Ballet, the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux in France, Het National Opera and Ballet (Amsterdam), Youth America Grand Prix (Paris / New York), the Finnish National Ballet and the National Ballet of Panama.
last fifteen years has been director of Fine Words Ltd. She read English Language and Literature at Oxford University, where she particularly enjoyed studying the works of George Eliot and John Milton. After graduating, she had various publicity and editorial roles in book publishing (working for the Penguin Group and the Daily Telegraph’s book publishing arm), before moving into the charitable sector where she developed her copywriting skills – firstly for the children’s telephone helpline ChildLine, and then for the mental health charity Young Minds. A move to the south Midlands led to a marketing role with The Open University, for whom she still works regularly on a freelance basis. Catherine has worked on a number of arts projects over the years, and is also a keen amateur violinist and choral singer. She is greatly looking forward to her involvement with Theatrum Vitae: “As an enthusiastic supporter of the creative arts both personally and professionally, this project has a huge appeal for me. The arts can speak to us in really profound ways that transcend the barriers of culture and language, and bring us together when political and social divisions are at their most challenging.”
Peter Welch is a graduate of Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design (London). He was also on the staff there, lecturing on Contemporary Visual Arts and Ceramics, before moving into the creative industries, firstly working with Michael Peters and then with Conran. His passion for effective communication, art and design led him to focus on cultural marketing – and to his current role as Managing Director of Showcase, which specialises in nurturing partnerships between business and the arts. Peter brings to his clients an impressive network of contacts and deep knowledge of the arts sector, which he uses to develop exceptionally effective, high profile cultural and educational sponsorship campaigns for clients such as the BBC, UBS, Hiscox, Coutts, Colliers International, Christie’s, RIBA, the Cultural Olympiad 2012, the Museum of London, and Youth Music. Peter is also a Trustee of Dash Arts.
Charles Phu, born in Taiwan, has practised architectural design for over 20 years, working in the USA, Asia, the Middle East and the UK. Before this, he gained his professional architectural qualification in North America. He has established an enviable reputation for designs ranging from high-rise buildings, performing arts venues and cultural, commercial and residential buildings. Prior to founding the London-based practice Office for Architectural Culture (OAC), Charles was the design team leader on a number of iconic and award-winning buildings in the USA, United Kingdom, China, India, Russia, the Middle East and others. He was the Chief Design Architect for St. Petersburg’s Okhta Centre (known as Gazprom City and now Lakhta Centre) including the 463-metre tower, which is set to be the tallest building in Europe on completion in 2018. In 2011, Charles was selected to be one of 18 prominent international architects to exhibit at ‘Triennale di Milano’ in Italy, and he regularly gives talks and media interviews on architecture and design. Charles is also a respected set designer for opera and ballet.
Costume designer Silvia Aymonino was born in Rome, where she continues to live and work. She began her career at an early age, working for almost a decade at the Tirelli costume shop on costumes for prestigious productions including The Name of the Rose (1985), Baron Munchausen (1987) – for which she created costumes by Gabriella Pescucci – and Atlantis (1991). She also created costumes on designs by Piero Tosi, Pier Luigi Pizzi and Paul Brown, to name but a few. Silvia made her debut as costume designer in her own right at the Teatro dell’Opera di Rome, with Puccini’s Turandot (staged by Stefano Monti). Since then, she has worked with Franco Ripa di Meana, Marco Gandini, Luca Ronconi, Damiano Michieletto, Lorenzo Mariani and many others. She has also designed and produced costumes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Torino, London and Rio di Janeiro. In addition, Silvia has worked on TV projects such as Empire (a Disney/Touchstone/ABC production).
Helen Barnes is a cultural PR specialist with over ten years of experience promoting authors and artists, cultural organisations, arts festivals, prizes and events. Following several years as a PR Manager for major illustrated publishing houses, she moved agency-side in 2009. She has since worked with some of the most well-known organisations in the cultural sector including The British Council and The Wellcome Trust, and with iconic literary brands such as The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Helen now heads up the Arts and Culture portfolio at Curzon PR, devising strategies and leading a team in the delivery of full-service communications campaigns for a range of cultural clients.
“Theatrum Vitae is a project born of great passion. The passion to be unique, to be forward-thinking, to be creative and to be innovative. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?” – Helen Barnes
Farzana Baduel is Founder and Managing Director of Curzon PR, a London-based boutique PR firm, established in 2009. Working across a range of disciplines, including financial, public affairs and corporate, it is fast becoming the go-to agency for growth markets and has a special focus on arts and culture projects. Working on both private, small-scale projects (such as art galleries) and large-scale governmental entities, Curzon focuses on target positioning and seeks to create cultural identities for cities through art, dispelling stereotypes and bridging the gap between East and West.
“I run an international PR agency and so I love projects that have international scope, and the ambition to push boundaries in every sense. Theatrum Vitae dares to be different, and I find that both refreshing and exciting.” – Farzana Baduel
Matthew Saunders started giving public performances of modern electro-acrostic music when he was 14, and at 17 started working in professional recording studios. He was in charge of the recording studio at the Royal College of Music in London for ten years. Matthew has worked as a sound specialist at many music festivals across the UK and in Europe, and is a technical director of the unique Colourscape festival of light, music and colour that has taken place annually on London’s Clapham Common since 1989. He writes, records and produces music from classical to rock, and is deeply interested in human perception of sound – experimenting with various sound schemes to find answers to questions such as: what we hear as music; why we hear it as music; and how to realise the best possible sound for any kind of project. He believes that everyone deserves beauty in their lives and that the art of music should not be exclusive: “I would like Theatrum Vitae to be the feast for all the senses, to explore the nature of mankind; and to give a voice to the human experience – both the beauty and the horror.”
Panicos Schinis is co-founder and director of Papadopoulos Schinis Productions Ltd. Established in Cyprus in 1986, the company is nationally and internationally acclaimed for its presentation of high quality cultural events. A passionate advocate of the creative arts, Panicos is dedicated to introducing and developing live entertainment into the social fabric of Cyprus – a commitment that has enabled his fellow-Cypriots to experience a huge range of world-class performances, from leading opera and ballet companies, symphony orchestras and virtuoso soloists to west end musicals, dance and entertainment spectaculars and some of the greatest names in rock and pop. The list of famous artists with whom Panicos has worked is long and distinguished, and includes such international stars and companies as José Carreras, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé; the Bolshoi, Kirov and Rambert ballets; the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra; Chris de Burgh, Sting, Julio Iglesias, Demis Roussos and Nana Mouskouri – and many, many more. Panicos and his team have also has also been instrumental in bringing Greek and Cypriot culture to other countries, producing high-profile events across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the United States.
Nina Kobiashvili graduated from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design (London) in 1998 with a degree in theatre design. She works internationally as a Production Designer in film, TV and theatre including in the UK, Russia, Georgia, Germany and Canada. Her work includes: Set and Costume Design for Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver at the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre; Production Designer for Channel 4’s drama Poppy Shakespeare, directed by Benjamin Ross for Cowboy Films (2007, awarded the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival); Stage Design for Gorby 80 (a charitable gala concert and award ceremony for Mikhail Gorbachev, ‘the man who changed the world’) at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011; and Production Design for the films Generation P by Victor Ginzburg, Jolly Fellows by Felix Mikhaylov and The Seventh Day by Kakha Kikabidze (all by Russian Feature Films). Nina is currently working on the production design for the ice musical Nutcracker by Ilya Averbukh at the VTB Arena and Peter Morgan’s play The Audience by Gleb Panfilov at the State Theatre of Nations, Moscow. She will also be Production Designer for another Averbukh ice musical (Carmen) in 2017 at Russia’s Sochi Olympic Park and the SSE Arena at Wembley in London. Nina is particularly excited about the potential of Theatrum Vitae to unite art, artists and audiences and to celebrate the natural world: “The open space in each location will be complemented by light and sound effects to emphasise its beauty – whether sea, forest, mountain or valley – bringing people together in a celebration of life.”
Vittorio De Amicis
Vittorio De Amicis is the co-founder and CEO of Agora s.r.l. – one of the world’s largest acoustic network companies. Established in 1990, the company is based in Rome and provides audio, lighting, video and rigging services for major international events – from trade shows and ceremonies to sports events, shows and concert tours. Vittorio is dedicated to creating unforgettable audio and visual experiences – bringing events to life with the help of a magnificent team. Agora s.r.l now has nearly 200 members of staff in four separate locations, co-ordinated from the company’s prestigious offices by the Spanish Steps. High-profile events managed by Vittorio and his colleagues include six Olympic ceremonies, the MTV Awards, the Inter F.C. 100th anniversary, and concerts given by superstars Elton John and Paul McCartney at the Colosseum.
John Proctor is a highly experienced production and tour manager who is renowned in the industry for his expertise in all aspects of touring, security and budgeting. In 1997 he set up Proctor & Knight, specialising in tour management for clients such as Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Boyzone and E17. He was asked by celebrated music producer Pete Waterman to take over the tour management for Steps – one of the UK’s most successful touring acts (with 1 million tickets sold in 9 months) – and he co-ordinated all acts for Jive Records, including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, NSYNC, Aaron Carter, The Backstreet Boys and R Kelly. Since 2005, John has been a tour consultant across all live entertainment genres – advising on production build, branding, security and budgets for clients such as Peter Andre, Jason Donovan, The Happy Mondays and W.W.E. He has also worked with a number of major festivals (including Bestival, Camp Bestival, Rockness and Cream Fields) and with All Starz at Reading Football Ground (2013) and Nitro Circus (2015) – coordinating venue management, infrastructure and suppliers, overview of several stages, and management of hundreds of artists across a short period of time. He was retained during the 2012 London Olympics to coordinate all aspects of liaising between security details, team budgets and the logistics of moving international sportsmen and women, celebrities and VIPs across the UK and Europe.
Pianist and the CEO of international events company Ensemble Productions and organiser of several annual cultural and philanthropic initiatives worldwide, Olga Balakleets is the Founder of Theatrum Vitae. She acts as an advisor to a number of governmental organisations and has successfully produced events all over Europe, the Middle and Far East and Africa. Olga has received numerous awards for her professional services, including a Special Medal from President Medvedev (September 2010), an Order ‘for services to the Fatherhood of St. Prince Dmitry Donskoi and St. Sergey Radonezhsky’ (December 2010), an Award from Giornalle della Danza in Italy (October 2011), and the ‘Russian Business Woman of the Year Award’ in Cyprus (November 2014) among others. Throughout her many years of organising ambitious events, she has been passionate about creating inspiring and meaningful experiences, which motivated her to support Rafael Porzycki’s concept of Theatrum Vitae from the very beginning: “Theatrum Vitae is a Life itself, it is a living experience, it is our perception of our cultural roots and of human evolution … Let us live Theatrum Vitae, let us immerse ourselves in the creative arts it will produce!”
Niki Edipidi studied in London at the Roehampton University where she gained a BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She began her career as a stage manager for the Hellenic Festival in Athens and the Athens Concert Hall, while maintaining professional connections in the UK. Niki’s first big live broadcast events were the opening and closing ceremonies for the Special Olympics in Athens in 2011 – for which she was Senior Stage Manager. Since then, she has been working with the production company BLONDE for various live broadcast events including the Medals Plaza in Sochi 2014, K1 International Kick Boxing Competition and AXA Insurance. She has also worked on award-winning feature films including Other Me by Sotiris Tsafoulias among others – moving on to production and operations. Niki’s most recent work was as Stage Manager for the F1 Baku opening ceremony, and Show & Creative Producer for the opening and closing ceremonies at ‘EXPO 2016 Antalya’ in Turkey.
Fenia Cossovitsa is an acclaimed film producer with many years of experience working on development, shooting and post-production for feature films, documentaries, TV programmes and other audiovisual projects. Her résumé includes more than 20 Greek and international feature films and documentaries, working with such internationally acclaimed filmmakers as Peter Bogdanovic and Jonathan Nossiter. Fenia was awarded Best film in 2012 (for J.A.C.E), Best Documentary in 2008 (I put a spell on you) and the audience award for the documentary Guardians of Time in 2007. Most recently, she won the Fipresci Award at Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 2015 for Blind Sun, a feature film by Joyce A. Nashawati; Best Screenplay Award at Cannes 2016 (Official Selection ‘Un Certain Regard’) for Voir Du Pays, a feature film by Delphine and Muriel Coulin; and the audience awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2016 for the feature films I Still Hide to Smoke by Rayhana and The Other Me by Sotiris Tsafoulias. In addition to her strong film background, Fenia Cossovitsa is also a distinguished Project Director and Producer, developing client strategies and project concepts and initiating effective production solutions, and working on high profile national and international projects such as: the Medals Plaza at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014; MAD Music Awards; Arion Music Awards; and ‘EXPO 2016 Antalya’ opening and closing ceremonies.
During 25 years of professional experience, art director Elias Ledakis has worked on over 150 theatrical productions, events, TV programmes and live shows – each one more spectacular and ambitious than the last. His work on the ‘mega stage’ for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest has been used as a case study in Ralph Larman’s influential book Stage Design (2007, Daab GmbH, Germany). Following an international call to tender, Elias was appointed as the Production Designer/Art Director and Set Designer for the prestigious opening and closing ceremonies at the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens. He was also the Production Designer/Art Director and Set Designer for the medals plaza at the 2014 Winter Olypmics in Sochi (for which he received an award from the International Olympic Committee), and most recently worked as Creative Director for the opening and closing ceremonies of ‘EXPO 2016 Antalya’ in Turkey. Elias was awarded Best Art Direction of the year in 2002 for his work on the stage play Angel Baby (directed by Antonis Kalogridis at Athens’ Mousouri Theatre); and Best Set Designer in 2013 by the Greek Film Academy for his set design for the international feature film J.A.C.E. For the last 10 years, he has also been working as a producer and technical producer for feature films, TV programmes and live shows.
For over two decades, Denis Ingoldsby has enjoyed huge success as a producer, songwriter, manager and publisher. He has licensed, developed and produced artists for Jive Records, and was the founder of the record label and management company First Avenue – which nurtured Dina Carroll and Eternal, and sold in excess of 100 hundred million albums during his tenure. As a producer, Denis has worked with Boyzone, Girls Aloud, Lionel Richie & Timbaland. He owns a production company that maintains a stable of producers such as Johnny Douglas (George Michael, All Saints); Rhett Lawrence (Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas); Harvey Mason (Toni Braxton, Beyonce, TLC); and Damon Elliott (Will Smith, Pink). As a publisher of more than 20 years’ experience, Denis has initiated numerous successful ventures such as Appleby Music, which published the works of Il Divo and BodyRockers, including their platinum selling hit I Like the Way You Move.
Paul Godfrey has 25 years’ experience as a production and tour manager, and is Founder of Artsworld Presentations Ltd – the UK’s leading promoter of overseas ballet and opera companies, including the Latvian National Ballet and Opera, State Opera of Wroclaw in Poland, and the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre. Paul set up the Nelson Mandela release concert at Wembley Stadium, and has overseen productions at other major London venues such as the Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. He has collaborated with Victor Hochhauser, Raymond Gubbay, Marshall Arts and the Entertainment Corporation, and has produced performances for the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet, Moscow City Ballet, National Ballet of China and La Scala Ballet at the Royal Opera House. He has also worked on record productions for U2 and Peter Gabriel. Paul is looking forward to his involvement with Theatrum Vitae: “I am excited to play a role in this ambitious project with its multi-faceted aims of entertaining, educating, and leaving a legacy both in the memory and physically. Working with diverse groups of creative individuals and blending multiple disciplines towards a shared goal will be challenging but very rewarding.”
Christel Strohn is a highly valued member of Agorà, the leading Italian show business and production company. Having studied interior design, she extended her expertise into theatre, music and show business – as well as key special events in sports and culture. Prior to joining Agorà, she spent 20 years in CEO roles with major Italian production companies. Her portfolio of over 500 events includes the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, Torino Olympic Winter Games, Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Rio Olympic Games and many more. Christel is passionate that the direction in which we take our lives should not be governed by superficial soundbites or misguided world views: “I want to be part of Theatrum Vitae because it reminds people of the most important human cultural values, and invites them to think about these and have new experiences around such values.”
Belgian fashion and arts photographer Nikka Lorak is based in London and travels all over the world with her work, collaborating with established fashion brands and celebrities alike in the UK, USA, Europe and Africa. Nikka has a background in film directing which has had a strong influence on her approach to photography. She is particularly interested in communicating the context of her subject matter and believes in the importance and power of story-telling through images. Nikka enjoys rewarding partnerships with other creative professionals, from fashion designers to musicians, and likes to approach every project as a unique challenge, aiming for a highly distinctive look each time in terms of style and feel. She is feeling very inspired about the launch of Theatrum Vitae and its potential to reach people in new ways: “I believe it will be a great platform for artists from different backgrounds to express themselves, as well as for the audience to enjoy the performance and to explore the world of creativity.”
Founder and Concept Creator of Theatrum Vitae, Rafael Porzycki is a man with a vision. After graduating in architecture from Wroclaw University of Technology, he has had a successful international career, working with leading architectural offices around the world. He is a founder of Creator Architectural Studio which delivers international design and architecture projects in the UK, Cyprus, Russia, Greece and Poland. Rafael Porzycki’s deep interest and passion for design and theatre led to his involvement as a creative director for a number of international cultural projects across Europe – and inspired him to create Theatrum Vitae. This multi-faceted cultural initiative involves leading performing and visual artists from around the world, and rising stars selected through international competitions established to discover young talent for the project. He believes that Theatrum Vitae will leave a long-lasting cultural legacy in its host countries, and will contribute hugely both artistically and spiritually to present and future generations with its inspirational outlook.
“Theatrum Vitae explores the evolution of the human mind through a vibrant fusion of the creative arts – a remarkable cultural renaissance that takes us from mythological origins to the dawn of our digital world”