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Desmond Heeley

Kitri costume sketch

Kitri costume sketch for Act III of Don Quixote designed by Desmond Heeley (1985).

Karen Kain

Gizella Witkowsky as Kitri in Don Quixote (1985). Photo by Barry Gray.

In 1985, Heeley designed the sets and costumes for Don Quixote, based on the epic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. A stylized adaptation of historical Spanish dress, this tutu has been interpreted to better reveal the dancer’s footwork, as with all classical tutus. Heeley’s costume design for the bold red of this tutu puts Kitri clearly in the forefront of Don Quixote.

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