Thursday, 7 April 2011

Greenwich Sunset

Back to Escapism

Went to Greenwich today as it was such beautiful weather, but also took a few pictures of the Greenwich tunnel for my personal project. I am designing and making for a site specific performance and have decided to set it in the tunnel as it is an interesting space with amazing acoustics.

'Nimbus Nymphs' realised costumes on stage...

Rachael Fraser - 'Nimbus Nymph 3'
Costume realisation - me,  Make - up artist and wig maker - Bea Sweet
Designed by Nina Jovanovic and Gigi Dey


'Nimbus Nymphs'

3 of us were allocated to work on the costumes for the 'Nimbus Nymphs' who first appear on stage dancing inside giant inflatable bubbles made by 3 technical effects students. They were designed by Nina Jovanovic, Gigi Dey and Jennie Poundall. The bubbles pop onstage and the dancers emerge and transform into the nimbus nymphs. Therefore the costumes and wigs had to each have an element of transformation. We created concertina origami shapes which we hand pleated, that were twisted onto the body using magnets, and could be slowly pulled off by the dancers. They then used these origami tube shapes for the next part of the choreography. I made the costume for Nimbus Nymph 3, danced by Rachael Fraser, along with Bea Sweet who was the make up artist and wig maker. 

Adding texture to the suit

Rachael in costume and makeup ready for filming


Filming - Closeups inside bubble



Arranging concertina in a shape on the back using magnets

Finished suit on hand-in day

Bubbles in rehearsal

Concertina arranged on back


'Traveller and Unraveller' Backstage Video

Backstage footage taken of preparation on the night of the dress rehearsal... I appear at 0:26 arranging the set pieces on the fly bar for the 'Nimbus Nymphs'.

'Traveller and Unraveller' Final Show at The Cochrane Theatre

The culmination of 6 month's work...

Last week we took over the Cochrane Theatre for our final year production of 'Traveller and Unraveller.' 6 of us spent 3 months designing the show in term 1, and then during the last term BA Costume, Make up and Technical effects have collaborated to realise the designs.

Here are a few photos from the hectic week of our work on stage and behind the scenes...

Fireproofing the 'Nimbus Nymph' set pieces

Arranging the set pieces into shapes
'Root People' photoshoot

Tech Rehearsal 'The Arrival'

'Pin People' Tech Rehearsal

'Nimbus Nymph' dancer wearing my costume. Make up by Bea Sweet.

'Nimbus Nymph' Photoshoot

'Bubble Belles' Photoshoot

'Bubble Belles' Tech rehearsal 'Pop'

'String People' Tech rehearsal

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

So I finally gave in and decided to start a blog...

With only 2 months left of my degree, I decided its about time I started a blog so that I can document my final major project and progression into the big wide world...

The beginnings of my 'Escapism' Project