The visuals continue to entertain with Tijana Bjelajac's scenic design…
THE WASHINGTON POST
By Nelson Pressley
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, November 27, 2008
'Peter Pan,' Sure to Hook The Kids
…At its best, the show is bright and airy, not only in Tijana Bjelajac's eccentric yet appealing design but also in the frisky mood that pervades the Darling household…
EDGE Boston Othello
by Kilian Melloy
Tuesday Mar 16, 2010
--but nothing gets to the heart of the play with the directness of the scenic design: Tijana Bjelajac strings wires around the space from a central spot at the back of the room. At dramatic moments Iago stands at its center, a cruel smile on his lips…
…You may think you know every last detail of Iago’s long con, but here somehow each vector is illuminated — much like the wires that set designer Tijana Bjelajac has used to draw focus to the antipodes of the staging area: the altar and balcony of the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, a former church. Spectators sit in tiers, facing one another across a broad aisle, or gaze down from on high, and the action seems always to be on the move — as is, especially, Iago (Ken Cheeseman)…
Theatre Review: "Eurydice" at Pendragon Theatre
…Tijana Bjelajac has designed a fascinating abstract set with a tall set of black and white steps leading down to the river Lethe, the waters of which wipe away earthly memories. Eurydice’s father constructs a clever house of string and there’s also a platform for Orpheus so that he can drop letters down to her…
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Harvey's charm shines through on New Harmony stage | Theater review
…Shan Jensen's sumptuous costuming and Tijana Bjelajac's beautiful set reflected the period and spirit of the show, and a revolving platform provided a smooth solution to scene transitions…
Tijana is one of the finest scenic designers I have worked with in twenty years of directing. She is fiercely original, skilled and versatile. She creates theatre environments that practically palpitate with beauty and insight.
--Lenny Leibowitz, Artistic Director, Marvell Repertory Theatre
Tijana is a fabulous designer, artist, collaborator and person of the theater! She is impulsively creative yet technically sophisticated; designing vividly astonishing and highly functional sets. Whether it is a broken, futuristic OTHELLO, a zany whimsical NOISES OFF or a langurous, sensual STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Tijana’s imagination leaps into the world of the play and directorial approach with appetite and desire to elevate the process to something magical! She is an artist you will want to work with again and again.
--Judy Braha, Program Head, MFA Directing, Boston University School of Theater
Ms. Bjelajac was a joy to work with. During our first meetings, I emphasized my desire to create a mood with atmospheric scenery, not overwhelming structures. She matched my company's needs to perfection and created beautiful work without overdesigning. One of the most enjoyable collaborations I've had in years.... with stunning results.
--Eric Gibson, Artistic Director, Light Opera Oklahoma
Tijana is one of the most creative set designers I've ever worked with. Intensely collaborative, she also provides her own unique vision that inspires my own directorial ideas. Her sets serve the world of the play while simultaneously creating their own mark as works of art.
--Karen Kirkham, Director
Tijana Bjelajac is one of those rare designers who is both an artistic visionary and a gracious professional. She is an articulate advocate for her ideas, but knows how to scale them to meet budget requirements and the needs of other designers. The results are visually arresting, support a production conceptually, and are flattering to her collaborators.
--Scott Reynolds, Artistic Director, Handcart Ensemble
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