Bettina John is a freelance set and costume designer and artist active in London, the UK and Germany. She has worked with a wide range of theatres, theatre makers, artists, dance artists, choreographers, musicians, acrobats, circus performers and actors. John’s design approach lends itself to an experimental and innovative approach to design which is why she is regularity asked to develop designs for unconventional shows where she draws inspiration from fashion, painting, textile art, graphic design and the study of human behaviour.
Bettina John also designs for musical theatre and has created designs for Purcell, Handel, Menotti and Sondheim operas.
Bettina John’s career spans a variety of fields. She studied fashion design in Germany, then did her masters degree in new media art at Goldsmiths University in London and decided in 2010 to study design for performance at Central Saint Martins. She assisted fashion designers and worked in photography studios before she started to shift her focus on designing for the performing arts in 2010. This varied background makes her approach to design and art uniquely interdisciplinary and boundary-pushing.
Bettina John has started to work with choreographers in 2011 when she collaborated with Arthur Pita on a costume design for the postgraduate dance course at The Contemporary Dance School London. Since then she has worked with a variety of exciting dance artists such as Ben Duke (Lost Dog), Tony Adigun (AvantGarde Dance), Tom Roden (New Art Club), Hagit Yakira, James Cousins and Shane Shambhu (Complicité).