Iosef Yusupov

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Iosef Yusupov working on the 20th Century avante-guard model for the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Iosef Yusupov is a Samarkand-Born set designer[1] who was one of the scenic designers for the George Tsypin creative team of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia.[2] Currently living in the United States, he has designed many shows (plays, operas and TV) in New York City and has worked motion pictures as a scenic artist.[1] His sets that he builds create an illusion of 3-dimensions, with 2-dimensional material.[3]


Yusupov was the eldest son of five, born in Samarcand, Uzbekistan to Ifraim Cohen-Yusupov, a descendant of Moroccan-born Rabbi Yosef ben Moshe Mammon (Maimon) Maravi.[4] After Yusupov graduated from the Saint Petersburg Institute of Theater, Music, and Cinematography, he went on to design sets in Russia and Eastern Europe. He received the State Prize of the USSR for the Arts for help in the production of Oedipus Rex at the Tadzhik Lakhuti Academic Drama Theater. When he moved to the United States, he met George Tsypin and has worked for him intermittently as an assistant since the early 1990s. Yusupov has also worked with directors Yefim Maizel,[5] Rosemary Andress[6] and Andrew Paul.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Tsypin, George (2005). George Tsypin opera factory: Building in the black void. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-1568985329.
  2. ^ Miller, Beverly (2014-03-01). "USA 829 Newsletter". UNITED SCENIC ARTISTS • Local USA 829 • IATSE • VOLUME 15 • ISSUE 3.
  3. ^ a b Rawson, Christopher (2007-04-17). "Stage Review: PICT praises 'Julius Caesar' on grand scale". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
  4. ^ White, Natalia (2014-10-31). "Iosef yusupov - The creator of his own worlds" (PDF). Bukharin Times. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
  5. ^ "Verdi's "La Traviata"" (PDF). 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2014-12-22.
  6. ^ "Machinal". 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2014-12-22.
  7. ^ "Stage Review: PICT praises 'Julius Caesar' on grand scale". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-12-22.
  8. ^ Hutchinson, Ron (1991-10-01). "Rat in the Skull". Repertopy Theater Co, New York. Rat in the Skull by Ron Hutchinson. Show Newspaper.
  9. ^ Grimm, Brothers (1991-11-01). "Hansel and Gretel". Queens Theater in the Park, New York. Hansel and Gretel by Brothers Grimm. Playbill.
  10. ^ Taylor, Beverly (1995-06-01). "Shpinnen un Shpinnen". Theater for the New City, NYC. Shpinnen un Shpinnen by Beverly Taylor. Playbill.
  11. ^ Mallaeva, Ilyas (2003-02-01). "The Singer of His Majesty". Queens Theater in the Park, New York. The Singer of His Majesty by Ilyas Mallaeva. Show Newspaper.
  12. ^ Sucato, Steve (2011-12-11). "Point Park's The Snow Queen gives a fairy tale a modern (and modern-dance) spin". Dance + Live PerformancePittsburgh City Paper. Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved 2014-12-15.

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