Gilles Berger

FunctionsVisual design, Stage designer, Visual artist

About Gilles Berger

Gilles Berger is a stage designer.

Gilles Berger was born in 1957 in France and was educated at École des beaux arts de Nancy (1976-1979) and at Conservatoire National des Arts du Mime et du Cirque in Paris, under the management of Gérard Lebreton.

Gilles Berger won The Hedda Award 2018 in the best stage design/costume design category for his stage design for Garage, produced by Cirka Teater in collaboration with The Touring Theatre of Trøndelag in 2017. In addition, the production was nominated for the award in the best production for children category.

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The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Gilles Berger:

"Stage design rarely plays more of a role than the actors in a performance. The award in the best stage design/costume design this year goes to a performance where this is the case. Here, the stage design has the very leading role, and not even words such as creative, original or innovative suffice in describing it. The onstage expression moves between the funny and the surprising, the hysterical and the grandioso, the mechanical and the human. Preparations have been expansive, and the work has demanded much from the designer, measured in artistic insight as well as in technical craft. The final result seems like a work of art in itself.

The Hedda Award goes to Gilles Berger for Garage."

Gilles Berger manages Cirka Teater in Trondheim with Anne Marit Sæther, founded by the two in 1984.

They have made more than 20 productions and in 1997 Cirka Teater received the culture award of the municipality of Trondheim, the culture award of the Mid-Northern regional collaboration, plus the jubilee award of Performing Arts Hub Norway for the production Poste restante they performed from 1995 to 1998. It was also the opening production when the airport of Gardermoen OSL opened. Cirka Teater also has collaborated with theatre institutions, for instance on Kurt Racks His Brain at Trøndelag Theatre in 2002, and at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) in 2010.

Gilles Berger was nominated for The Hedda Award 2011 in the category of best visual design for the stage design for Blå jakt* (Blue Hunt) by Liv Heløe, directed by Ivar Tindberg, The National Venue of Theatre.


The Hedda Award

The Hedda Award,, 18.06.2018,

The Hedda Award,, 18.06.2018,

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

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