The Consciousness of Costumes
Designing for the Body in Movement
The body, a constantly moving form. From its breathing, walking, to extreme movements, it is never still. For Opera, theater, dance and Circus acts, how do we design for the body in Movement with each discipline’s needs ?
How do we create a costume that inhances the body, let it speak its vocabulary ? Is as functionnal as it is beautiful ? What makes a costume efficient with the ensemble of the show ?
Stine Sjøgren and Liz Vandal are both experts in the matter. They have designed for Dance, Circus, theater and Opera for over 25 years. They have observed, analysed, re-designed, fitted hundreds of costumes, in a constant quest to make costumes and performers feel like one. Together, combining their complementary experiences, and their common passion, they have develop the program :
To develop a Consciousness about the body, how to honour its potential, maximizing its expression, with a holistic and profound approach, how to look with the “eyes of your heart”, being attentive to the “true” needs of not only the performer, but the whole show itself.
The program “The Conciousness of Costumes” is on the road to be taught anywhere and everywhere in the world. In universities, colleges, design, theater, art or textiles schools, in costume design, fashion, set and costumes programs, or any school that is interested in opening their awareness on an efficient design. Lectures or seminars are also offered.
We propose different format of courses, 1 day, 2-3 days, 5 days, 2 or 4 weeks. If you have specific needs regarding scheduling or the content of the courses , we will gladly adapt to your need.
Liz Vandal started her career as a fashion designer. Self-taught, she entered the universe of clothing more than twenty-five years ago. From dazzling beginnings she brought her originality to the rigorous domains of dance, circus, cinema and special projects, building a company of excellency. Great partnerships link Liz Vandal with numerous choreographers and dance companies around the world: Edouard Lock; Compagnie Marie Chouinard; Margie Gillis; José Navas; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal; Le Ballet National du Canada; The Washington Ballet; Mannheim Theater; Stuttgart Ballet (Germany); l’Opéra de Paris; Göteborg Theater (Sweden), Hong Kong Ballet. Vandal explores all domains of show business, from creating costumes for The Backstreet Boys Black’n Blue Tour, to films including The Lathe of Heaven directed by Philip Haas and Quebec’s Director Manon Briand’s La Turbulence des fluides. Vandal enters the circus world, designing flamboyant insect costumes for OVO, the 25th Cirque du Soleil show, CIRKOPOLIS, a Cirque Éloize creation and the opening duo for LES 7 Doigts de La Main’s new creation Tryptique. Collaborating with multi-national IGT (International Gaming Technology) in Las Vegas, Vandal created AVATAR costumes approved by Jon Landau and 20th Century Fox. As a design, innovation, production and team synergy consultant, Liz offers her services to Sportswear multinational Oxylane, owner of Decathlon stores to develop avant-garde products. As the company continues to expand, an incomparable opportunity leads Vandal’s creativity to Azerbaijan for the first European games in 2015 where she designs an incredible 3000 costumes for the closing ceremony. Since 2017 Cirque du Soleil floats onto the sea, on Cruise ship Meraviglia with Vandal’s costumes dressing up two shows : “Viaggio” and “Sonor”. 2018 will see two major productions with Vandal costumes : “The Wizard of OZ” premiering in October 2018 and “Alice in Wonderland” presented by the Honk Kong Ballet.
Miss Sjøgren holds a degree in Fashion Design from the French school Esmod, and a Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University in Chicago, in costume and scenic design. She has worked as a designer for a number of theatres, doing costumes on a variety of productions, spanning from dramatic theater and musical to opera and ballet. She has designed costumes for several smaller and lager dance pieces at the Norwegian Opera ranging from duets like Scheherezade to full productions like Petrusjka. Stine has since 2009 worked with Alan Lucien Øyens and with his company Winter Guests creating costumes for Dead to the World, In a tin house when it rains, Flawed, Lily &George, Sinnerman, Coelacanth, If we Shaddows do Offend and most resent Kodak at Gothenburg Opera. Through her work with Winter Guests she started collaborating with choreographer Daniel Proietto, doing costumes for Cygne and We two Boys, La Muerte del Angel, and Woman before embarking on his latest work at the Staats Opera in Vienna, Blanc. She is currently designing a new production for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.