Upcycled costumes for The Circle by Thomas Bradley
Tuesday 8 Oct 2019
12 garments adorn the 12 bodies of Scottish Dance Theatre.
Each garment consists of up-cycled suit jackets, pants and waistcoats pulled from the Dundee Rep Wardrobe.
“I was keen to work with existing structures, motivated to expose the rich colours and textured lining of each clothing piece”. Australian designer Thomas Bradley discusses his process with The Circle: “Jackets are inverted, with shoulder pads exposed and folded in on themselves to reveal new mountainous ridges, while satin lined pants find their beginning inside waistcoat pockets, winding around the jacket breast and ending pleated in their own back pockets: twisted, knotted, bound and extrapolated beyond their functional state”.
Thomas Bradley is based between Brussels and Paris, working primarily for Emanuel Gat Dance (FR) as dancer, costume designer and pedagogue. He previously danced with Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre. He has designed several garments for Australian choreographers, as well as commissions from StaatsBallett Berlin and Emanuel Gat Dance. His oversized, Butoh-Baroque designs feature in his solo exposition yvonne, and the duo performance work clay with his Japanese collaborator, Dai Matsuoka (Sankaijuku).
The Circle is Thomas’s first creation for Scottish Dance Theatre: “The resulting silhouettes are highly sculptural, manifesting as emerging structures and extensions of the dancers’ bodies in deep autumn tones: mustard, khaki green, beige, dark red and purple”.
You can see his work live on stage as part of Scottish Dance Theatre’s 2019 autumn tour.
Find out more and book your tickets here.