Norwegian scenographer and costume designer. He trained at the governmental Scenography and Costume Design Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) in Warszawa (2009 – 2012) under leading professors Andrzej Kreutz Majewski (artistic defender), Pawel Dobrzycki, Dorota Kolodzinska, Janusz Sosnowski and Ewa Braun among others. After first being captured by the theatrical atmosphere of The Norwegian Theatre in Oslo, Norway working on stage props for performances from back in 1988. In 1993 he began his long-standing work collaboration at Nationaltheatret – The Norwegian National Theatre - in Oslo, and a year later embarked on a freelance career as a Graphical Designer after finishing from the School For Graphical Designs (SFGD, 1992-1994) with Graphic Designs and theatrical work as being the main focuses. Throughout his career at the different Drama theatres, The New Norwegian Opera House and up to date, he spent his opportunities to work regularly with the technical teams to get a hands on knowledge and with many acclaimed norwegian and european regissors. As in 2015 with Torfinn Nag, with whom he has enjoyed a fruitful cooperation for the last years after graduating ASP, Warszawa with top marks. Together they have staged an experimental and successful kidplay version of “Snowhite” by the Grimm brothers (2013) in colaboration with Oslo Nye Teater. The play also went on a half a year around Norway tour with Riksteatret (the norwegian touring theatre) from 02.02.2014 and in 2015 they had success with the first Norwegian premiere of “The City” by the awarded Martin Crimp.
Prior to this he collaborated with another director and international known, Piotrek Cholodzinski, doing a modern version of “Who´s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which premiered at The Swedish Theatre in Helsinki in 2012, Finland and subsequently went on tour to the drama theatre Gothenborg Stadsteater, Sweden in 2013/14. They have also done projects both for The Krakow Opera House (“La Cambiale de Matrimonio”, 2010 and for Bagatela Teatr, Krakow, “My Sexlife”, 2011/12). He did the scenography for “The Mela Stage Festival 2011” at the Norwegian Opera House with the multimedia prodirector David Chocron, but due to the 22.july shootings the same year, it was prolonged. In summer 2014 however, he collaborated with the same director for the Mela Stage Festival 2014, designing and building the video projection installations on the facade of the monumental City Hall of Oslo. At the same time collaborating with the regissor Kenneth Dean staging a modern version of “Alice in Wonderland” (premiered 26.05.2014), and autumn 2015 with Stein Winge and "Three sisters" (Tsjekhov) that premiered 22.10.2015 for Westerdals Act, in Oslo, Norway. Autumn 2015 he did a (world premiere) spectacle at the National Theatre in Timisoara, Romania, "Say It Now" written by and in courtesy of the internationally known regissor Marcelino Valiente (Fr) which premiered 23.10.2015. As he also made the scenography for Henrik Ibsen´s "Bygmester Solness" in courtesy of Stein Winge (again) as the regissor, which will have premiere at a later point. He recently (12.10.2016) finally premiered with Shakespeare´s own "Measure For Measure" at Akershus Theatre in Lillestrøm.
Previous years he has been travelling to Washington DC and St.Petersburg, as well as Amsterdam in courtesy of The National Theatre in Norway (in addition to the national travels), but he travels and seeks inspiration from all parts of the world. He also do scenography consultant services, and among those the interesting “Anonym søkes” (“Seeking Anonymous”) at the Oslo Drama Author Festival in autumn 2013. In spring 2014 he collaborated with the cultural council of Norway board member Rolf Engelsen, doing scenographical and costume consulting for the version of the outdoor drama play “Ragnhilds Drøm”, which premiered 27.06.2014 at Gräddholmen, Skjerstad in Norway.
Brage Jonassen´s professional interests reach far beyond drama. He has also designed graphic and industrial designs for numerous businesses and purposes including a kids house for the recognized Toychain “Sprell” in 2014. He has done designs, technical solutions and props for numerous theatre productions and concerts. In the 90´s he was a co funder and Art Director in three different advert companies (“Sitat Slutt”, “Media On Demand” and “Goop Design”). He designed cellphone animations, logos and complex designs from simple early day graphics possibilities but also numerous interiors and home designs simultanously. In 2007 his interior designs were presented by a whole 8 pages in a christmas special addition of the magazine “Bo Bedre”, and his exceptional Christmas three foot design item is creating jobs for skillful workers in Asia as we speak. He is highly practical as well as visionary and sees and creates estethical and functional solutions from a variety of complex challenges.
Brage Jonassen is currently working on set designs for different drama play projects with expected premiere dates to be set in summer and autumn 2017. He is building a production coorporation in Norway with co-workers on a global scale and continuously running his own "Contemporary Signature Stage Designs" founded in 2009. He is basically freelancing but as an entrepreneur also collaborating with a handful of skillful workers in both Asia and continental Europe to put some of his ideas into real-life brands, useful design items and "all media" graphics.
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