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Peter Cazalet was born in Zambia and graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where he also received his ballet training. Following his graduation, Cazalet danced for various companies including London Festival Ballet, Ballet Rambert and Scottish Ballet, where he became a principal dancer.
Cazalet began working in stage design in the late 1960’s. After an injury, he returned to Cape Town to become Head of Design for Opera, Ballet and Drama for the Cape Town Performing Arts Board. Cazalet’s collaborations with Ballet West began in 2002 and have come to include a number of classics, including two complete Swan Lakes, as well as The Sleeping Beauty. He has designed for all the ballet classics and has recently extended his work base to include Tokyo, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.