For his creations, he has received several awards: National award Prešeren found, several awards National Borštnik Festival for the best scenography, Festival MES Sarajevo for the best scenography, Festival Rijeka, Croatia, award for best scenography, Festival Crossroads, Niš Serbia, best scenography.

Марко Япель


Since 1986, Marko Japelj has been a freelance set designer with over two hundred performances in Slovenia and abroad. He studied architecture in Ljubljana, so his first stage design was Hedda Gabler at Academy for Theatre and Film in Ljubljana. His scenographic debut at a professional theatre was the production Chechov: Three Sisters (National Drama Theatre Maribor, 1987).

For drama, opera, ballet and modern dance performances he has designed set designs at National Theatres in Slovenia, National Theatres Zagreb and Rijeka in Croatia, National Theatres Belgrade and Podgorica, Opera Bucharest, Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, Opera Zürich, Music Theatre in Essen, Darmstadt, Theatres Augsburg, Wuppertal and Dortmund, Royal Ballet of Flanders in Anvers, Latvian National Opera in Riga, NDT 1 in Den Haag, Opera Metz, West Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadienne in Montreal, NOVAT Novosibirsk, Vienna State Opera, Bolshoi Teather, Stuttgart Ballett, Birmingham Royal Ballett and others.

He has worked with choreographer Edward Clug for productions Tango (1998), Lacrimas, Radio&Juliet, Architecture of Silence, Prêt-à-Porter, Watching others, Hill Harper’s Dream, Chamber minds, Sacre du Printemps, Peer Gynt, Hora/Kontraste, Proof, Faust, Kekec, Petrushka, Patterns in 3/4, Carmina Burana, Aperture, Source.

From 1995 to 1997 he has been a visiting professor and head of the Department of Theatre and Film Set Design at the Vienna University of Applied Arts.

In 2018, he worked at the Bolshoi for the first time, on the ballet production Petrushka by I. Stravinsky (choreography by E. Clug).