Monday 9 Jul 2018
High in the attic of Dundee Rep, the rail of carnivalesque costumes are ready to be tried by our dancers. Designed by Alison Brown Threads, the project marks a unique collaboration with textile studio Timorous Beasties. Established in 1990 by Glasgow School of Art graduates Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, the duo have collaborated with boutique brands around the world to provide fabrics and furnishings inspired by art critic John Ruskin, landscapes and lives. This is the first time their textiles have been used in performance costume, and we're excited to see how additions to the pieces from Alison will form the look for Looping: Scotland Overdub.
The production has its roots in Bahia, Brazil, originally created by collaborating artists Felipe de Assis and Rita Aquino. Touring to Caithness, the Inner Hebrides, and stopping off in Dundee this summer, the piece is inspired by street festivals, ritualistic parties and politics. Its apt then, that the design used in the performance costume is titled Graffiti Horizon, a rich spectrum of colour which drips from the fabric.
See our Instagram feed for more, and keep your eyes peeled for an interview with Alison, coming soon!