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Kay Ambrose

Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis

Lois Smith as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle (ca. 1956). Photo by Ken Bell.

As Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, Principal Dancer Lois Smith displays the elaborate and striking costume design that lends the character her mystical power. This production featuring Ambrose’s designs remained in the company’s repertoire until 1970.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.