A. CHRISTINA (STIA) GIANNINI
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A. CHRISTINA (STIA) GIANNINI is an internationally recognized costume and scenic designer. She twice has won the Venezuelan Oscar for Design, most recently with her designs for the 1996 Ballet National de Caracas' production of the Nutcracker, choreographed by Vincente Nebrada.
Other dance design credits include costumes for: Alvin Ailey Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, American Repertory Ballet, Ballet Florida, Martha Graham Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pearl Lang Dance Company, and Jose Limon Dance Company. Internationally, she has worked with Ballet du Nord (France), Ballet of Flanders (Belgium), Royal Danish Ballet (Denmark), Hong Kong Ballet (Hong Kong), Teatro Colon Ballet Company (Argentina), Ballet Terese Carrena (Venezuela), and Ballet National de Caracas (Venezuela). In 1987, she was the artistic, scenic and costume designer for Chiang Ching’s historic eight-city tour of China.
She also has designed costumes for Broadway, Off-Broadway and Opera. She has worked for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage Company, Roundabout Theater, and Portland Stage, to name a few. Her opera credits include scenic collaboration for Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach and costumes for Traviata under the direction of Fabrizio Milano with the Santa Barbara Opera. In addition, she designed costumes for Dancing in the Streets, a break-dance musical choreographed by Donald McKayle for Kibbutz Khafblum (Israel).
Choreographers describe her designs as "painterly" and "strongly emotionally evocative." Her design philosophy is to integrate the costume with the director's choreography, to create works that are sculptural and complement the dancer's movement. She has graced the cover of Dance Magazine on several occasions, and in 1996, she designed a Christmas ornament that was chosen to hang on the White House Christmas tree.
She has served as the resident designer for: Ohio Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina, Dennis Wayne Dancers, Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, and Chautauqua Summer Festival.