COSTUME DESIGN CONCEPTS
My aim was to fully enter the spirit of Classical Greece, thus by making the magical moment where the world is taken on a journey there, as enchanting as possible.
I introduced a greater colour palette to the costumes, based on the Greek landscape: light turquoise and light blue in combination with olive green and brown; referencing the Greek seas and olive tree. This conveys a message for the 21st century need for peace between man and planet. With regards to which the holy relationship between man and nature was prominent in Classical Greek religion and culture.
A sense of rhythm was apparent in Classical Greek dress both in the dress design and in the way artists of the time depicted dress. I therefore wanted to amplify the sense of rhythm in the dancers’ movements and as a whole. So, for the first time, variations are created between the dresses. These variations can only be seen when the dancers are in motion, creating a dazzling as well as rhythmic effect.
Use of leather and fur was also apparent in Classical dress, both for men and women, including dancers. So for the first time these materials are applied to harness and garland designs.
In Classical Greek black figure vase painting women were identified through the use of white depicting their skin and men though black coloured skin. I loved this yin and yang notion of differentiating men and women. Therefore, the male dancers wear the same colours worn by the women, but inverted. So the olive green becomes the dominant, external colour and the light turquoise the internal accent colour.