personne

Ella Conovici

Country

Romania

First Name

Ella

Surname

Conovici

Birth

Bucharest, Romania (1922)

Death

Bucharest, Romania (2009)

Romanian puppet and stage designer. After her studies at the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Ella Conovici joined the puppet theatre in Bucharest that was soon to be renamed Țăndărică (today, Teatrul de Animaţie Ţăndărică). She worked there until 1976 and collaborated on prominent productions: Umor pe sfori (Humour on Strings, 1954); Cartea cu Apolodor (The Book of Apollodorus, 1962), directed by Margareta Niculescu; Cele trei neveste ale lui Don Cristobal (The Three Wives of Don Cristobal, 1965) by Valentin Silvestru, based on Federico García Lorca; Petrică și lupul (Peter and the Wolf) by Sergei Prokofiev; Pisica de una singură (The Cat that Walked by Himself) by Rudyard Kipling. The majority of her collaborations were with directors Margareta Niculescu and Ștefan Lenkisch.

Renowned for her minimalistic style, exceptional creativity, innovative use of materials, and her practical approach, Ella Conovici enriched the art of puppetry. One of her important contributions to contemporary puppetry was the introduction of performing objects in the shows she designed. She created the namesake character of the theatre Țăndărică and Așchiuță – the latter was the hero of a national television show for children. She collaborated on several productions staged outside Romania, including in Belgrade and Oslo. Besides her work as a designer and book illustrator, Ella Conovici directed several productions.

(See Romania.)