Canadian-born designer Kandis Cook made her Royal Ballet debut in 1999 creating costume designs for Will Tuckett’s The Turn of the Screw. She has since returned to create costume designs for Kim Brandstrup’s Two Footnotes to Ashton and Ceremony of Innocence (first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, 2013) for The Royal Ballet.
Cook studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Alberta College of Art and Design and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She moved to London in 1974 and since 1979 has created set and costume designs for theatre, ballet, opera and film. She has worked regularly with choreographers including David Bintley (Orpheus Suite, Gallanteries), Stanton Welch (Powder, Velocity, The Four Seasons, Marie) and Brandstrup (The Queen of Spades, Pulcinella, Cupid and Psyche), with such companies as Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Houston Ballet, Australian Ballet, National Ballet of Japan and Les Grands Ballets de Montréal. Her work in opera includes The Turn of the Screw (Aldeburgh Festival), Death in Venice (Hamburg State Opera), Orlando (Wexford Opera Festival) and The Queen of Spades (Opera North).
Since 1982 Cook has worked regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company and with theatres including the Royal Court, Liverpool Everyman, Donmar Warehouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Barbican Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Her film work includes the collaborations with the Brothers Quay The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and two dance films for Channel 4.
Bruce Sansom and Laura Morera in The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet
The Queen of Spades, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal
Monica Mason, Laura Morera and Ricardo Cervera backstage during The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet
Irek Mukhamedov and Bruce Sansom in The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet
Laura Morera in The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet
Marie, Houston Ballet
Laura Morera, Monica Mason and Zenaida Yanowsky in The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet
Zenaida Yanowsky backstage during The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet
Bruce Sansom and Monica Mason in The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet
Irek Mukhamedov and Zenaida Yanowsky in The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet