Kerry Birkett Photos - Kerry Birkett of the English National Ballet waits in the wings during a performance of The Nutcracker at the Coliseum on December 2011 in London, England. - English National Ballet: The Nutcracker - Christmas Performance
This dance costume for a 'masked ball' was inspired by the commedia dell'arte character 'Columbina', sweetheart of Harlequin. It is reminiscent of costumes from the ballets 'Carnaval', 'Harlequinade' and the clockwork dolls from 'The Nutcracker'. Just as Harlequin's, this costume has a vividly coloured bodice and skirt which effect a blaze of colour during fast movement. The Renaissance styled sleeves hark back to her 16th century origins in Italian comedy.