Stage - and Costume Design



Lise Klitten

Lise Klitten 1954, scenographer, costume designer and curator Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, she is a self-taught artist and since she started her first creative business, she has acquired artistic work in costume design and clothing.

Since 1994, Lise Klitten has primarily worked in the field of dance and performance as an avant-garde costume designer who uses untraditional materials such as sailcloth, machine felt and horse and human hair. She made costume designs for 26 performances before embarking on actual scenographic assignments at the turn of the millennium.

Lise Klitten has exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial and WSD13, held a giga solo exhibition in Round Tower in Copenhagen and received multiply


In addition, she has made short films and taught at Danish National School of Performing Art and at foreign Academies.

Klitten’s work in Performance Contemporary Art, with her choice of expressions are often quite striking, simple and surprisingly, by her unconventional choice of materials and simple solutions. Klitten is searching to be able to tell visual history through the costumes, however without telling everything, but to give the spectator the opportunity to form his or her very own perception.

Statement of Intent

As an autodidact artist I have since the last 40 years worked professionally with theater, dance, and stage performance, as costume designer and scenographer.
I established my first creative business at age 21 and have through the years been creating and commissioned in more that 50 stage shows primarily within the field of stage performance. My work has been supported by private as well as national foundations including the Danish Arts Foundation.

My organizational work is motivated by stimulating exchange of open and creative ideas in an eternally growing network. To establish and nurture international collaborations and ensure broad awareness in the public space of our common passion and overlapping professions.

An example of my engagement, skills for cross-professional collaborations and organizational talent was the establishment and built of an art piece “Hurry Up Slowly” in the Nevada Desert, USA in 2017. The art piece was sculptured as a large snail wherein visitors could enter and was a part of the official art exhibition at the “Burning Man” Festival in 2017.

My knowledge is founded on decades of experience and mentorship of young professionals who has worked under my supervision as personal interns at my studio, and during countless stage productions in Copenhagen.

It is the actions, collaboration and idea exchanges between creative people that I work, to nurture community of experimental Art and the lab. of telling a visual story.

Stage - and Costume Design