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Desmond Heeley

(b. 1932)


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(b 1932)

British designer. He began designing for the stage in 1947 and though largely based in the US he has designed for ballet companies around the world, including Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, La Scala, Stuttgart, and Houston. His earliest ballet designs include MacMillan's Solitaire (Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, 1956—though these were initially intended for another ballet, possibly The Angels) and Cranko's Prince of the Pagodas (Royal Ballet, 1957). He designed several productions for Bruhn, including Swan Lake (National Ballet of Canada, 1967) and La Sylphide (American Ballet Theatre, 1983), also for Hynd including Merry Widow (Australian Ballet, 1975) and Coppélia (English National Ballet, 1985). In 1998 he designed Stevenson's The Snow Maiden for Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. He has also worked extensively in theatre, opera, musicals, and film.

Subjects: Dance.


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