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McDonald, Antony

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance

Debra Craine,

Judith Mackrell

McDonald, Antony (b Weston-super-Mare, 11 Sept. 1950) 

British designer. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Manchester School of Theatre, and the Motley Theatre Course. His first design for dance was for Something to Tell (chor. S Davies, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, 1980) after which he created several works for Ian Spink including There is no other Woman (1982) and Mercure (Rambert, 1986), and for Richard Alston, Dances from the Kingdom of the Pagodas (Royal Danish Ballet, 1982), Pulau Dewata (Rambert Dance Company, 1989), and Carmen (Scottish Ballet, 2009). The majority of his dance designs have been for Ashley Page beginning with Touch Your Coolness To My Fevered Brow (Dutch National Ballet, 1992), followed by several works for the Royal Ballet including Fearful Symmetries (1994). He has also collaborated with Page on new versions of The Nutcracker (2003), Cinderella (2005), and Sleeping Beauty (2008) for Scottish Ballet. He has additionally designed extensively for theatre and opera.