What will you see at Spring Showcase 2018?
Two world premieres…
Two classical excerpts…
All in one highly anticipated program…
And costumes for more than 150 roles!
Overseeing Spring Showcase costume creation is Robyn Clarke, NBS’ full-time Wardrobe Supervisor. She’s working with a team of six to ensure that every student has their costumes before James Kudelka and Robert Binet debut their new creations onstage May 9 -12.
It’s a demanding role. Some students require three or four costume changes in Kudelka’s work alone, and must slip into and out of each of them quickly and easily.
One of Robyn’s biggest challenges has been finding time to schedule the fittings for the 120 students in Kudelka’s piece. Between fittings, she sources multiple items from dance stores across the GTA. Fortunately, for the three different coloured shoes needed in Kudelka’s work, NBS’ The Shoe Room has been able to provide them all. She’s worked closely with Kudelka’s designers, but it’s up to Robyn and her team to manufacture all the costumes.
Robert Binet’s new work has fewer dancers, but there was an additional challenge: Robyn designed all the costumes herself, a role she often fills in Binet’s work. She and her staff created the costumes after the designs were finalized.
Both of the classical works being performed – the Paquita pas de deux and Bournonville’s pas de sept from A Folk Tale – also require time and attention from Robyn’s team. Adjustments to NBS’ Paquita tutu and the two tunics for the men alternating in the role are currently well in hand - the tutu will fit both females dancing in the role, and the tunics are almost completed. Costumes for the Bournonville piece will be lent from The National Ballet of Canada, but they’ll all require adjustments to fit NBS’ students.
With more than a month to go before the curtain is raised, NBS’ Wardrobe is a busy place. Don’t miss your chance to see their final creations – Spring Showcase tickets for the public go on sale April 23.
NBS' 2018 Spring Showcase, May 9-12, 2018
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