Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yolanda Sonnabend, Production Designer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yolanda Sonnabend, Production Designer

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LONDON - Yolanda Sonnabend, a theater designer and painter who had a strong influence on the work of the British choreographer and Royal Ballet director Kenneth MacMillan, died on Nov. 9 in London. She was 80.

Ms. Sonnabend, who was born in southern Africa, was still a student at the Slade School of Fine Art in London when she came to public attention with the first ballet she designed - "A Blue Rose," by Peter Wright, in 1957.

Her first work with Mr. MacMillan and the Royal Ballet came in 1963, when she created sets and costumes for his "Symphony." She began to collaborate closely with him, designing sets and costumes for 10 of his ballets from 1975 over the next decade.

Mr. MacMillan used Ms. Sonnabend for his more abstract, one-act works, rather than for full-length narrative ballets, but she designed opulent versions of ballet classics for others, including Natalia Makarova's production of "La Bayadre" and Anthony Dowell's productions of "Nutcracker," "Cinderella" and a gothic, fantastical "Swan Lake," which divided critics but remained in the Royal Ballet's repertoire from 1987 until this year. …

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