How Modern Costuming Is Revolutionizing Dance

March 27, 2017

Increased Demand For Unique Costume Solutions

There is a show in Las Vegas, Nevada which has attained international acclaim. Certainly there are many, but when it comes to mediums of human movement and acrobatic expression, there is little more astonishing, engaging, or downright awe-inspiring as Cirque Du Soleil.

If you are not familiar with Cirque, should you be a dance enthusiast, you will find prime fodder for imaginative creation here. Cirque incorporates aspects of ballet, modern dance, gymnastics, feats of derring-do, technology, music, pyrotechnics, and a general circus environment coupled with modern stage solutions into a visual cornucopia of excitement.

The show has even incorporated its own invented linguistic idiosyncrasies for maximum effect. One of the most interesting things about this show is its costumes. Regardless of the extravagant set-pieces, stunts, and showcased gymnastic expositions, part of what ties it all together is exceptionally creative costuming solutions utilizing modern design technique.

While your dance company may not have the budget to source solutions of that high quality, you may be surprised to find that there are dancewear providers who offer costuming solutions, which yet incorporate affordable modern design techniques. Additionally, these can be flexibly produced to fit the aesthetic of a given client.

When you are sourcing such solutions, likely there will be many places you can look and find options that may or may not work, but you can save yourself a lot of trouble by searching for costuming solutions designed for dancers, by dancers. When there is passion underlying creativity, you can be assured of an increased quotient of utility.

The Craftsman’s Touch

Costumes that have been designed even by an artistic discipline as closely related to dance as theatre will yet miss the mark when it comes to flexibility in many cases. This is because the range of flexibility required in many modern dancing exhibitions requires specific materials and intuitive design.

So what you will want to do is find a dance costuming supplier who specializes in all aspects of a given dance uniform. From shoes to leotards, tights, dresses, jackets, onesies, support garments, and more, you should be able to find everything you need in one place. Additionally, the right provider will likely offer discounts for larger purchases.

Sometimes a dance company will require fifty of the same costume in differing, or similar, sizes. Depending on the needs of the client, many dancewear providers offer packaged deals in certain scenarios.

Whether or not you can find such discounts, one of the main things you want to ensure is that the dance company you choose understands what it means to remain on the cutting edge of style when it comes to the choreographed arts. They will include costume solutions which have specific purpose, as well as all-inclusive purpose transitioning genre boundaries.

According to JustForKix.com, many modern dance uniforms: “…include lyrical dance costumes, perfect for the eponymous dance style that blends ballet and jazz.” There are many changes that have come stylistically in today’s dancing environment. If your company is regularly performing, you will need solutions like this known to “cover all the bases”, as it were.

Working With The Reality

No performance will perfectly match your ideal — even those who design Cirque likely find things come short of their imagination. If you do not believe that, just consider that George Lucas tried to “fix” the original Star Wars trilogy. It did not need fixing, but he tried anyway, because artists are often never fully satisfied with the finished product.

How can they be? Reality eschews the perfection we aspire to imaginatively. Thus, at the very least, you want to cover what portions of a performance you have some control over. When it comes to dance, costumes fit this category.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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