Staging of  Equilateral  at the Platform Theatre photographed by Monica Alcazar-Duarte and Santiago Gutierrez

Staging of Equilateral at the Platform Theatre photographed by Monica Alcazar-Duarte and Santiago Gutierrez

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  Early costume development

Early costume development

  Visual research, various designers and artists

Visual research, various designers and artists

Equilateral

A dance piece created in collaboration with choreographer Laura Chambers, scenographer Laura Albeck, London Studio Centre, and The Platform Theatre. The primary intention of the performance was to portray the relation between three sisters. This was the basis for the choice to attach all three dancers together by their garments throughout the entire piece, to allude to a visceral connection between them while also imbuing them with the nature of a moving set – a living sculpture progressing in space. The design was originally influenced by the choreography, but as the project developed, it became the choreography which was affected by the design. In the end, the constraints generated by the elastic bands even pushed for an element of improvisation on the dancer’s part.

Research note: "It could be argued that my work for Equilateral should be considered a variation on Practice-as-Research, a term developed by the recent movement Critical Costume, as I examined how restriction and bondage interplayed with the choreography and movement of the three dancers. In an attempt to develop the discourse further, I decided to cover the surface of their garments with the same bands. In this way, the surface became part of the experiment, inseparable from the constricting bands themselves, and underscoring the deep inter-relationship between costume, dancer and wearer."