Jérôme Kaplan (born 1964) was born in Paris and studied scenography at the École de la Rue Blanche (ENSATT). He first worked with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in 1992 for Jeroen Verbruggen's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges. For the same ballet company, he subsequently created the set and costumes for several productions, including Roméo et Juliette, Cinderella and Sheherazade. He also designed sets and costumes for major European ballet companies such as the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
He also built a name for himself outside of Europe: in 2001, he was the first French costume designer for the Beijing National Ballet, where he created costumes for Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern, and he has been working with Russian-American choreographer Alexei Ratmansky on a regular basis since 2010. Among others, Kaplan designed the set and costumes for Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato’s Symposium at the American Ballet Theatre, his Lost Illusions at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow (for which Kaplan received a Golden Mask Award for costume design in 2012), and Ratmansky's highly successful Don Quixote production for Dutch National Ballet in 2010. This season, Kaplan is also creating the set and costumes for Ratmansky's The Fairy's Kiss, which will have its European premiere at Dutch National Ballet in June 2024.
Last update: 7 December 2023