American designer Martin Pakledinaz (1953–2012) created set and costume designs for Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, made on San Francisco Ballet in 2008.
Pakledinaz was born in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and studied at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. His many Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate and Thoroughly Modern Millie (both winning Tony Awards for best costume design), The Life, Anything Goes, Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy, The Pajama Game, Golden Child, Blithe Spirit, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Pirate Queen, The Wild Party, Grease and Wonderful Town. In opera he had a close relationship with composer Kaija Saariaho and director Peter Sellars and collaborated with them on L’Amour de loin, Le Passion de Simone and Adriana Mater. Further opera credits include Iphigénie en Tauride and Rodelinda for Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Ring cycle for Seattle Opera, Tristan und Isolde for Paris Opéra and Norma for Lyric Opera Chicago. His designs for film include My Week with Marilyn.
In dance he worked regularly with Mark Morris and Helgi Tomasson, including on Morris’s The Hard Nut, The Mozart Dances, Romeo and Juliet, V, Up and Down, Pacific, Socrates, All Fours and Malestrom and Tomasson’s Tuning Game, The Nutcracker and Variations on a Theme of Paganini (San Francisco Ballet) and Prism (New York City Ballet). Pakledinaz’s other dance credits include, for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kent Stowell’s Cinderella and George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ballet Imperial.
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