Semyon Pastukh (Set Designer)|
Born in 1951 in Chernovtsy, Ukraine. Graduated from the
Leningrad State Cherkasov Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema in 1975,
specialising in set design. From 1976, worked as a set designer in theatres
throughout Russia including the State Academic Kirov Theatre of Opera and
Ballet, the Bolshoi Theatre and the Leningrad Maly Drama Theatre. From 1980 –
1991 was principal designer at the Leningrad State Academic Maly Theatre of
Opera and Ballet. From 1981 – 1983 he taught at the Faculty of Musical Theatre
Directing of the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. Has lived and
worked in the USA since 1992, though he maintains links with Russian theatres.
Semyon Pastukh has worked on over two hundred productions
including the ballets Swan Lake and Harlequinade at the Kirov
Theatre, Khrennikov´s Hussar Ballad and Shostakovich´s The Bolt at
the Bolshoi Theatre, Tchaikovsky´s Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades and
Iolanta and Musorgsky´s Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina.
Semyon Pastukh´s set designs for Slonimsky´s Mary Stuart at the Leningrad
Maly Theatre of Opera and Ballet received the State Prize of Russia in 1983.
Semyon Pastukh has designed for the National Opera of Bulgaria in Sofia (La
Sylphide, Chopiniana, Paquita, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping
Beauty) and for the Seoul Universal Ballet Company (South Korea). Semyon
Pastukh has frequently worked with theatres in New York, Indianapolis, Chicago
and Tokyo. Works include productions of Ibsen´s The Master Builder at the
St Petersburg Theatre on Liteiny, Stravinsky´s The Firebird for the
Ballet Internationale (Indianapolis, USA) and The Snow Maiden for
Moscow´s New Opera.
Semyon Pastukh´s most recent works at the Mariinsky Theatre
include Semyon Kotko (1999) and Otello (2001). He was awarded the
Golden Sofit, St Petersburg´s most prestigious theatre prize, and
Russia´s Golden Mask theatre prize for Semyon Kotko (2000).