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The Creative Gesture - Designing for Dance 2019

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This workshop is part of The Creative Gesture dance program. From Pablo Picasso for the Ballets Russes to choreographer Damien Jalet’s collaboration with Marina Abramovic, more and more visual artists, architects, fashion designers, and product designers are working with dance-based concepts and performers. 

This program will introduce designers of all disciplines to the fundamentals of designing for dance. Participants will utilize their own artistic ideas and concepts to transform the presentation of dance to future audiences and dancemakers.

What does the program offer?

The program will be led by the Andrea Brussa Master Artists, Canadian designer Liz Vandal and theatre and fashion designer from Norway, Stine Sjøgren. Participants will work with summer dance faculty, including choreographers, costume and wardrobe designers, and technical specialists of the craft of costume fabrication to realize and prototype their design ideas on dancers.

Using the ongoing creation process as an inspiration, participants will work on thematically designed tasks, as well as the chance to interact with the dancers of Alberta Ballet. Participants will conceptualize, design, and fit a costume on a dancer. Participants will see how a costume moves on a dancer and how their work can affect a dancer’s experience. 

Who should apply?

Post-graduate students interested in expanding their understanding and developing skills in costume and wardrobe design for dance are encouraged to apply. The majority of applicants will have significant experience or formal training in visual art, fashion design, or theatre. 

Dates: July 15 - July 27, 2019

Deadline: 
04/03/2019
Fee Detail: 
65
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Wardrobe Technician Practicum

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Practicum participants will experience one-on-one mentorship from our professional team who will guide them through the production process. Practicums will gain exposure to all creative Theatre departments with the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insight into these departments through workshops and forums. Stitching, dressing, and wardrobe management placements are available.

Participants will observe and participate in the creative production process from interpretive design concept through creative development to realization. The program will include analysis of all areas of the production schedule with emphasis on the importance of the participant’s role as an effective member of the collaborative process. 

What does the program offer?

The Wardrobe Technician Practicum provides intense immersion into all aspects of wardrobe, with departmental crossovers and collaborative creativity. Past workshops have included tailoring, millinery, boots and shoes, dyeing, jewelry, corsetry, draping, flat pattern drafting, sewing machine maintenance, wigs and makeup, prosthetics, masks, thermoplastics, life drawing, lighting, welding, and knots. 

Responsibilities are determined by a participant’s initiative and the nature of the demands of the production being worked on. After initial training and practice, participants will have access to all costume shop machines and equipment.

Who should apply?

Successful applicants should have a sound understanding of sewing construction and techniques. Post-secondary costume studies or related work experience would be beneficial. 

Applicants must be self-motivated, organized, and enthusiastic. Applicants should possess a willingness to learn through curiosity and be receptive to working cooperatively with all areas of wardrobe during productions. Knowledge of historical costume would be advantageous. 

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Boots and Shoes Technician Practicum

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The Boots and Shoes Practicum program builds the basic skill set required for boots and shoes work in the theatre industry. The program will develop participants’ existing experience, as well as explore new techniques adhering to the theatre industry’s safety and aesthetic standards.

Specific projects will largely be determined by the summer performance programming at Banff Centre. Project work as required by the shows will include soling, repairs, paint, alterations, and leather work.

Participants are encouraged to engage in the broad range of workshops offered by other departments during the practicum program. Exposure to a wide range of perspectives and approaches is essential to the collaborative nature of theatre.

What does the program offer?

Participants will start in the Wardrobe department with the Wardrobe practicums, learning and expanding on foundational sewing skills and wardrobe practices. They will then move on to specific boots and shoes work.

Participants will explore various techniques and materials, and will learn to take measurements and perform shoe fittings, work with leather adhesives and paint, sew leather, draft for footwear alterations and repurposing, check for safety concerns, and perform repairs.

The program will also explore design research, historical research, and production techniques specifically related to footwear.

Who should apply?

A strong creative ability and visual sense are required, as demonstrated through a portfolio or photo summary of past projects. As theatre is a fast-paced, collaborative environment, strong self-motivation, an interest in a range of perspectives, and a desire to explore unfamiliar materials and processes are essential. A willingness and ability to perform highly physical work is essential.

Strong basic hand and machine sewing skills and an ability to visualize both in two and three dimensions are assets. Alternately, basic drafting skills and an ability to manipulate a range of materials outside the wardrobe scope are also assets, as such skills are transferrable. 

Successful applicants will need to bring:

Closed-toe leather work shoes or boots (steel toes are not necessary)

Long-sleeved work shirts and long work pants that can get dirty

Toolkit with any sewing tools and other small tools they have

Laptop (would be an asset)

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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