Ene-Liis Semper

Ene-Liis Semper graduated from Estonian Academy of Arts as a scenographer in 1995 and has created numerous set and costume designs for various Estonian theatres (including opera productions). Together with Tiit Ojasoo they are the founders of Theatre NO99 (2004) and its artistic directors and stage directors. In addition, they are also playwrights for their own productions. Theatre NO99 has participated at many theatre festivals in Vienna, Hamburg, Berlin, Bern, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nitra, Tampere, etc. For the past fifteen years, Semper has been one of the most widely known Estonian artists, whose video installations have toured exhibitions all over the world, including the contemporary art festival “Manifesta” (2000, Ljubljana) and Venice Biennale (2001). Abroad Semper has cooperated with such directors as Sebastian Nübling (“Three Kingdoms”, 2011), Kristian Smeds (“The Siberian Imaginary Circus of Rodion Raskolnikow”, 2012, both at Münchner Kammerspiele) and Tiit Ojasoo (“Fuck Your Ego”, Thalia Theater, 2012). Ene-Liis Semper has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Estonian Theatre Union’s “Best Designer of the Year” Award in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007. Together with Tiit Ojasoo she was named The Best Stage Director (2004) and The Best Director and The Author of the Best Production at “DRAAMA” Festival for the production of “Juliet” (Estonian Drama Theatre, 2004). In the same year she was awarded the Order of the White Star (Fifth Class) by the President of the Republic of Estonia. Ene-Liis Semper was the designer of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s opera “Wallenberg” at the Estonian National Opera and in 2007 the Government of the Estonian Republic decided to give the Cultural Prize of the Republic of Estonia to the artistic team of the production. Semper has received the Cultural Prize of the Republic of Estonia also for her work in 2002 and 2010. In Theatre NO99 she has created the following productions together with Tiit Ojasoo: “Sometimes it Feels as if Life has Gone by Without Love” (2005), “The Pillowman” (2005), “Seven Samurai” (2005), “Oil!” (2006), “King Ubu” (2006), “Dunno on the Moon” (2007), “GEP” (2007), “Pericles” (2008), “How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare” (2009), “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (2009), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (2009), “Tallinn – Our City” (2010), “Unified Estonian Flash Mob” and “Unified Estonia Assembly” (2010), “Retake!” (2010), “The Rise and Fall of Estonia” (2011). Most of them have been recognised with prizes, calling attention to “GEP” that received Estonian Theatre Award 2008 in the category of The Best Production; Grand Prix and “The Best Ensemble” prize of Festival DRAMA 2007; Baltic Theatre Autumn Festival Grand Prix, Best Scenography Award and Best Supporting Role for Jaak Prints, 2007; Theatre.Music.Cinema magazine’s “Best New Production of the Season Award” given by the critics circle, 2007.



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