Born in Paris, Jérôme Kaplan studied Scenography at L’Ecole de la Rue Blanche and after graduating in 1987 began working extensively designing sets and costumes for theatre and opera.

In 1992 he collaborated with the Ballets de Monte Carlo and Jean-Christophe Maillot for the first time on "L’Enfant et les sortilèges" and has since designed sets and costumes for the productions of "Romeo and Juliette", "Cinderella", "Casse-Noisette Circus", "Eye for Eye" and "Scheherazade".

In 2001, Jérôme Kaplan became the first French scenographer to be invited to work with the National Ballet of China in Beijing where he created costumes for "Raise the Red Lantern" staged by the director Zhang Yimou.

Jérôme Kaplan has worked extensively for Ballets, with Bertrand d’At: "The Prince of Pagodas", Opera of Strasbourg, "In the Mood for Love", Ballet of Shanghai, with Karine Saporta, "Feu le Music Hall", Comédie-Française and "In the Night Look", Opera of Cairo. He has also worked with David Nixon on Northern Ballet’s "Ondine", "A Sleeping Beauty Tale" and "The Great Gatsby". Other recent ballet work includes: Christopher Wheeldon’s "The Sleeping Beauty", Ib Andersen's "Kermesse in Bruges" for the Royal Ballet of Denmark, Nacho Duato's "The Nutcracker" for the Mikhailovsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Johan Kobborg's "Don Quixote" for the Yacobson Ballet of St Petersburg, Lucas Jervies's "Spartacus" for the Australian Ballet and Stanton Welch's "Sylvia" for the Houston Ballet.

Since 2010 Jérôme Kaplan has worked with Alexei Ratmansky creating sets and costumes for "Don Quixote" for the Dutch National Ballet, the world premiere of "Lost Illusions" for the Bolshoi in Moscow, for which he won a Golden Mask Award in 2012 for costume design, "Cinderella" for the Australian Ballet in Melbourne, "Paquita" for the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, "Swan Lake" for the Zürich Ballet in coproduction with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, "Serenade after Plato’s Symposium" for the American Ballet Theatre in New York Metropolitan Opera, "The Fairy’s Kiss" for the Miami City Ballet and "La Bayadere" for the Staatsballett Berlin.
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