This research investigated practitioners and teachers of Kathak (Indian Dance), exploring creativity within traditional practice.
Both dance forms are constructed using virtuoso spin, which, in ballet is right-handed and in Kathak executed to the left. As Lead Costume Designer I researched, designed and produced six costumes, for Ballet and Kathak to enhance the neo-classic ‘fusion’ choreography; the Kathak costumes respected the traditional modesty of the dancers, and the inherent ballet idiom. The research investigated the response of cut and fabric to spin, in clockwise and anticlockwise directions. This original concept involved my attendance at rehearsals to video dancers and test fabrics and cutting styles in unprecedented manner informed by dance practice. The unique garment patterns were complex ‘golden mean’ spirals cut in tulle using bias fabric properties distributed around a stretch silk tunic attached in either, left or right-hand orientation.
The spin performance is staged in the round, with live musicians on a central dais, the audience faces outwards and dancers wheel around in alternately illuminated areas. Digital video, to which I contributed content, allows simultaneous projection of the dancers in kaleidoscopic effect, creating spinning and ‘ghost’ dancers in the performance space. Throughout the gestation of spin; I devised a ground-breaking method of simulating the spiral silhouettes, colour and fabric combinations in movement and lighting effects on computer in 2D and 3D using Poser 5 software and BVH animated (.swf) files. This efficient new working process allowed me to email results for team approval and considerably boosted the design, negotiation and decision cycle. I continue to hone this methodology.
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
|Additional Information (Publicly available):|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
|Date:||01 March 2004|
|Funders:||Southern and South East Arts, University of Surrey|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2009 22:32|
|Last Modified:||08 Dec 2010 14:39|