Press photo © Merlin Entertainment

Press photo © Merlin Entertainment

A selection of costumes without the incorporated LED light turned on photographed by Jacob V. Goldman

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 A selection of early costume illustrations

A selection of early costume illustrations

 A selection of costume drawings

A selection of costume drawings

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 Photos by Linda Zagidulina

Photos by Linda Zagidulina

OCEAN INVADERS

This project was a collaboration between Merlin Entertainments, choreographer Jodie Blemings and 18 dance company members from Chrysalis London, composer DJ Walde and costume designer Laura Albeck.
The dance performance was staged at Sea Life London Aquarium as part of their opening event for the jellyfish-themed exhibition Ocean Invaders.
LED-based lighting was incorporated into the majority of the costumes as the performance was planned to happen outdoor at Southbank in the evening, accompanied by projection design cast onto building facades as the primary light source (the venue was later changed to the inside of the aquarium because of external circumstances.) The use of LED lighting moreover alluded to the bioluminescence and wide colour gamut of jellyfish. The 18 costumes aimed to function as a cohesive collection with numerous self-referential details while making use of archetypal jellyfish shapes and elements in a non-literal way – referencing what in our common understanding defines jellyfish. Some of the designs are oversized to expand the physical sphere of the dancer and allow for exploration of bodily space. Plasticbased materials have been a recurrent theme in most of the costumes, both for their translucent, water-like qualities and as a very indirect reference to sea pollution.