Costuming for modern/contemporary dance is a passion of mine. I love the way the costumes, light design, and movement all play together to create depth, silhouettes, and mood. The communication and conversation brought up through this art form often moves me deeply.
In …on being… Staycee Pearl, Director of Staycee Pearl Dance Project and Choreographer of …on being…, spoke to me about wanting to see all of her dancers in neutral tones with each dancer having an individual added muted color pop. (more below)
I also looked at the same research that dancers were working with – Thelma Golden, Toure, Aisha Tyler, Childish Gambino and Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman, and Janelle Monae and explored topics of identity, gender, perception, race, and sexuality. I also sat in on some of the rehearsals, watching the dancer’s movements and partner work and identifying what fabrics would work together and what accessories would be distracting or dangerous. I studied their characters, bodies, and movement and selected parts of their bodies that we would consciously expose. I also considered textures that would add visual depth.
This powerful piece opened in February of 2013 and thrilled me to bits. Sitting in the audience and being consumed by the world that was created on stage was breathtaking and magical.