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Martin Pakledinaz 1953-2012

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Designer Martin Pakledinaz has died of cancer at the age of 58.


His designs for PNB for Kent Stowell's "Cinderella" and a rare Trust-approved re-design for George Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are beloved in Seattle. He designed the beautiful "Nutcracker" and "Don Quixote" for San Francisco Ballet.

His death is a loss to ballet, modern dance, opera, film, and theater.

Rest in peace, Mr. Pakledinaz.

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Here is PNB's album, which includes costumes for Mark Morris' "Pacific," "Ballet Imperial," and Kent Stowell's "Zirkus Weill" as well as "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Cinderella." The post by PNB also notes that he did the set re-design for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as well.

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Oh no, this is so sad.

PNB will be performing Stowell's Cinderella as their opening work for the season (their 40th anniversary) -- amongst the costumes are a set of wonderfully eccentric hats for the cast of little children in the hours section -- the kids are wearing orange and the hats look like pea pods. The last time the company performed the work, everyone I talked to in the lobby wanted one of those hats.

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