Nadina Cojocaru

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Nadina Cojocaru is an artist and a costume designer. She has been studying arts through her entire life. She graduated from the University of Arts in Сhisinau Moldova with a bachelor in choreography. 2010 she moved to Japan, fascinated by country and culture. She lived there for 6 years intensively studied the Japanese language, culture and traditional Kimono dressing. After she finished school of language, she has been working in fields related to the fashion industry; as a creative director for wedding fashion shows and as a designer and producer of wedding dresses, textile design, manufacturing and photography. For the last 2 years of living in Japan she have had a great experience working for a big Japanese textile manufacturer, collaborating with designers from high fashion brands from Europe, Asia and USA. After meeting Jiří Bubeníček in 2015 Nadia moved back to Europe to collaborate with him in different artistic projects. She designed the costumes for a number of his ballets: „Chapeau” for Nürnberg State Ballet in 2017, „Metropolis” for the Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb 2018, „Processen” for the Royal Swedish Ballet and „Cinderella” for the Nuovo Balleto Di Toscana, both in 2019.

“To design costumes for ballet is about making all the characters memorable for the audience. The message of the characters have to appear in the costume. I love to explore the limits of what is possible in my designs, and often try to combine the contemporary with the historic. I want each character to be special and the costumes to communicate my ideas to the audience. It is like having a parallel story that goes hand in hand with the choreography and with the dramaturgy of the piece.”