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Sonnabend, Yolanda (artist and theatre designer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1935 - 2015

Yolanda Pauline Tamara Sonnabend was born on 26 March 1935 in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to German-Russian parents. After a cultured upbringing, Yolanda went on to study art in Geneva, and painting and stage design at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She received her first design commission at the Royal Ballet in 1958, while she was still an undergraduate, and went on to forge a brilliant career as a stage designer. She worked closely with the choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan throughout the 1960s-1980s, and designed for theatre, opera and ballet shows across Europe. She also collaborated with scientist C.H. Waddington on the illustrations for his posthumously-published book Tools for Thought (1977).
As well as being included in Twenty Years of British Stage design, a British Council show which toured Europe, Sonnabend exhibited paintings and designs in London, Paris, Verona, Cologne and Milan.
Sonnabend was the production designer in the film The Tempest (1979) directed by Derek Jarman, and, with Simon Holland, and production designer for the film Decadence (1994) directed by Steven Berkoff and David Tickner. She also had a small role as a 'person in the Colony Room Club' in the film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), directed by John Maybury.
In 2000 she won the Garrick-Milne prize for theatrical portrait painting. For the National Portrait Gallery she has painted and drawn Stephen William Hawking, as well as Norman Wingate Pirie, Sir Kenneth Macmillan and Joseph Needham.
Yolanda Sonnabend died in November 2015.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Artwork created for C.H. Waddington's book 'Tools for Thought', c.1973

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-1461/1
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Contains: Coll-1461/1: original artworks created by Yolanda Sonnabend for C.H. Waddington's book 'Tools for Thought' Coll-1461/2: collections of articles and research materials relating to Waddington's work, including manuscripts for his books 'Beyond Appearance', 'The Man-Made Future' and 'Tools for Thought'; Coll-1461/3: letters to Yolanda Sonnabend, chiefly from C.H. Waddington; Coll-1461/4: printed and...

Copies of research materials relating to Waddington's work, c.1960-1970

 File — Box: CLX-A-1233, Box: data_value_missing_faebc1db5eaf3b6898ad3d1ad0c38455, Box: data_value_missing_42aa73bc2d0ae97c06ae73f3c96e124b
Identifier: Coll-1461/2/1
Scope and Contents Contains photocopied newspaper articles, scientific papers and typescript essays and letters to Waddington from various, chiefly relating to Waddington's research. Also contains some photocopied draft illustrations.

File of letters to Yolanda Sonnabend, chiefly from C.H. Waddington, c.1967-c.1977

 File — Box: CLX-A-1234, Box: data_value_missing_633f7797ed26b48d41cd2641076e8b3c, Box: data_value_missing_8265fc84e4a55bdeace238220ae50a69
Identifier: Coll-1461/3
Scope and Contents Waddington's letters to Yolanda chiefly concern arrangements for meeting and potential work opportunities for Yolanda. Many letters are undated. There are also two other letters: one from an unnamed correspondent in Rhodesia and one from Justin Waddington, concerning Waddington's book The Man-Made Future

Letters to Yolanda Sonnabend concerning the publication and design of 'Tools for Thought', 1976-1977

 File — Box: CLX-A-1234, Box: data_value_missing_8c9c012cc1ea2417f8a04014adc747a8, Box: data_value_missing_93c514a9635a461b69ce91279aed7580
Identifier: Coll-1461/2/6
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Contains: Coll-1461/1: original artworks created by Yolanda Sonnabend for C.H. Waddington's book 'Tools for Thought' Coll-1461/2: collections of articles and research materials relating to Waddington's work, including manuscripts for his books 'Beyond Appearance', 'The Man-Made Future' and 'Tools for Thought'; Coll-1461/3: letters to Yolanda Sonnabend, chiefly from C.H. Waddington; Coll-1461/4: printed and...

Manuscripts and material relating to C.H. Waddington's research, c.1960-2005

 Series
Identifier: Coll-1461/2
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Contains: Coll-1461/1: original artworks created by Yolanda Sonnabend for C.H. Waddington's book 'Tools for Thought' Coll-1461/2: collections of articles and research materials relating to Waddington's work, including manuscripts for his books 'Beyond Appearance', 'The Man-Made Future' and 'Tools for Thought'; Coll-1461/3: letters to Yolanda Sonnabend, chiefly from C.H. Waddington; Coll-1461/4: printed and...

Material relating to 'Significance and Form in Nature and Art: IV Waddington Memorial Conference' held in Perugia, Sala Brugnoli-Palazzo Cesaroni, 19 March 1993, 1993

 File — Box: CLX-A-1234, Box: data_value_missing_c7688d73bb158eae69a870723ce08c5d, Box: data_value_missing_371b9a95d339492108ce8b46242acef2
Identifier: Coll-1461/4
Scope and Contents Contains: a large conference poster; Yolanda's notes for presenting at the conference as well as her notes from other speakers' talks, including some sketch portraits; letters to Yolanda about the conferece; photographs (with negatives)of social events surrounding the conference and of sights around Spello.

Papers and artwork of Yolanda Sonnabend relating to her collaboration with C.H. Waddington

 Fonds
Identifier: Coll-1461
Scope and Contents Contains: Coll-1461/1: original artworks created by Yolanda Sonnabend for C.H. Waddington's book 'Tools for Thought' Coll-1461/2: collections of articles and research materials relating to Waddington's work, including manuscripts for his books 'Beyond Appearance', 'The Man-Made Future' and 'Tools for Thought'; Coll-1461/3: letters to Yolanda Sonnabend, chiefly from C.H. Waddington; Coll-1461/4: printed and...