Septet

Choreography | Douglas Lee
Lighting Design | Les Dickert
Costume Design | cjdldesign
The Tulsa Ballet
Costume Fabrication | http://entracte-costume.com/

SEPTET rehearsal video

"Septet" by Douglas Lee is a very fluid and hypnotically beautiful work dealing with the concept of trust - how much one person is willing to give over to another, to cooperate, to follow, to exchange, to relent. The costumes needed to be simple, pure, monochromatic but with some interest in the linework and transparency.

I collaborated with Marilyn Burbank (Entr'acte Costumes) on the build of the dancewear. She lives and works in France, so fitting communications were done via emailing pictures back and forth.

Gradually, revised and corrected, the costumes took shape and were sent to Seattle for dyeing before I was to bring them to Tulsa.

"Simple & Restrained" costuming, is always challenging and much was changed through dress rehearsals. The lines, colors, must speak to the Choreographers vision and sensibilities. While it is fundamentally a collaboration, my job is to flesh out the needs and sensibilities of the choreographer. As a designer, you need to immerse yourself in their movement vocabulary, which is the language of the piece.

"Septet" is a piece full of power, undulating and continuous movement - the movement progresses seamlessly yet the whole work has a profound stillness about it. Photography © by Rosalie O'Connor

Douglas carves out his space both with expansive movement and focused still positioning. Photography © by Rosalie O'Connor

Photography © by Rosalie O'Connor

Photography © by Rosalie O'Connor

Photography © by Rosalie O'Connor

Photography © by Rosalie O'Connor

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