Dance: Creating Simple Forms in Space

Dance clothes for this all female company were created with basic shapes, sheer knit and matte jersey fabrics with each costume customized to the figures of each dancer.

A unifying design was required to put everyone’s different body shapes together in the same visual concept to keep distractions to a minimum. The costumes were individually designed and draped with a series of tones of white, creme, beige and taupe mounted on leotards and cut and draped by hand.

Inspiration of simple shapes taken from Greek history and the history of modern dance of Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharpe were used to bring the overall theme into perspective.  The result was to take many figures and shapes and unify them into a whole visual concept that both flattered each dancer and also made a major central statement of elegance and beauty.

Costume Designs by Pikke Allen  and Lighting Design by Jonathan Hicks

WESTMONT COLLEGE –   Dance Department,  2008

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