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Holly Hynes


Holly Hynes if an accomplished costume designer with over 100 ballets to her credit including more than 45 at New York City Ballet. Hynes’ designs are also on view in companies throughout the world including The Royal Ballet, Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen in Belgium, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, BalletMet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Vancouver, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, American Repertory Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Chamber Dance Project, Ballet NY, Ballet Florida, Washington Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

Hynes’ theatrical designs include two Broadway productions at Circle in the Square, On Borrowed Time, directed by George C. Scott, and George Bernard Shaw’s Getting Married, as well as a dozen plays and musicals at the off-Broadway York Theater. Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and The George Balanchine Trust have also entrusted her as an authority, representing all parties, to teach costume reproduction of various established designs. This has involved many companies both here and abroad including the Royal Danish Ballet, Paris Opera, Theatre du Capitol in Tolouse, France, The Bavarian State Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, La Scala, Milan and the Kirov Ballet. Hynes has been with New York City Ballet since 1985, first serving as assistant director of the costume shop, dealing with the daily management of drapers and tailors. She was appointed Director of Costumes in 1989. In this position she oversees the entire costume department, including a costume shop of 20 and the staff of dressers and wardrobe supervisors at the New York State Theater. Four of her costume renderings remain as part of the permanent collection of the Theatre Wing of the Museum of the City of New York. She has exhibited her renderings and watercolors in two gallery shows at Avery Fisher Hall and has had six of her costumes featured on covers of the 1994-1995 New York State Theater Playbills. Hynes’ designs for six miniature ballerina dolls were featured in the 1996 Christmas decorations at the White House and will remain the permanent collection of the President William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1997, she was honored with a one-woman show of her costumes, sketches and photographs at the Marvin Cone Galleries in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her designs for Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels at New York City Ballet and George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet were both featured on covers of Dance Magazine. This spring, she designed Christopher Wheeldon’s American in Paris for New York City Ballet, Stanton Welch’s Firebird for BalletMet, as well as a new production of Balanchine’s Don Quixote for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Hynes is currently working on a new design for Balanchine’s Who Cares for Alberta Ballet. Hynes lives in New Jersey with her husband, Jim Zulakis, and their two children. Her previous work for American Ballet was the costume designs for Kaleidoscope (2005).