Ballet West is very fortunate to have one of the finest Costume Shops in the country. Our costume shop is easily in league with those of New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Houston Ballet. David Heuvel – Costume Production Director is responsible for our high standards having done his training in the Opera Houses of South Africa where the British traditions of fine theatre craftsmanship are upheld. David not only handles everything having to do with Ballet West but he also designs and builds ballets (often full lengths) for other American and European ballet companies right here in the Ballet West Costume Shop.
David Heuvel has assembled a magnificent team:
Cindy Farrimond – Shop Manager/Shoe Coordinator
Barbara Arcolio – Head Stitcher/Jewler
Mary Kay Feicht – Stitcher
Katherine Fraser-Cross – Stitcher
McKell Maddox- Painter/Dyer
Jennifer Hitchcock – Wig Master
In the theatre Jacquelin Bryce is Wardrobe Supervisor and her assistant is Barbara Lambert.
The Costume Shop is an enormous building not far from the Capitol Theatre. It houses all of the Ballet West wardrobe, including building and storage of costumes, props, shoes/boots, costume building supplies. All of Ballet West’s electric supplies, scenic elements are kept there and the building even contains a scenery building scenic shop.
There are five standard industrial sewing machines plus one for overlocking (finishing edges), one merrow (for unitards), one cover stitch, and a blind hemmer.
There are dozens and dozens of crates that hold costumes, shoes, props, dancer crates, electrics and scenery.
Costumes for Ashton’s Monotones I & II
Swan Lake Act III Chandeliers
Set Piece from Balanchine’s A Midsummer Nights Dream
Ballet West is currently renting out all three of our productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream!
We own two productions of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Nights Dream (one designed by David Heuvel) and one production of Ashton’s The Dream (sets and costumes by David Walker.)
Titania’s Tutu from Ashton’s ‘The Dream” (above)
Above are two examples of bodice detai for Heuvel costumes
A Nutcracker party scene gown by David Heuvel.
David Heuvel is working with swatches of fabrics to send to Issac Mizrahi.
David’s Costume Shop is going to build our new production of Mark Morris’ GONG for next season.