Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cirque Du Soleil in the Springs — Part Two

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Countdown to Cirque Du Soleil in the Springs: Eight Days.

Click here to see the first installment of a four-part blog series I'm doing leading up to this Thursday's Independent, where I go backstage in Wichita, Kan. to preview Alegría.

For today's photo and audio samplings, I'm focusing on costumes, one of the most important visual components to a Cirque performance.

Imagine being greeted by this display case late at night as you turn the corner in the arena hallways.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Imagine being greeted by this display case late at night as you turn the corner in the arena hallways.

Here's my raw, roughly five-minute interview with wardrobe assistant for Alegría, Amy Brown (again, please forgive the background noise and casual interview format). As you'll hear, Brown is part of a permanent crew of four in the costume department, who with the help of two local hires in each tour stop, oversees roughly 600 items. The crew fits costumes to the performers, maintains them (sews torn garments, etc.) and does A LOT of laundry:

A backup costume is on hand for every performer in case of significant damage to a primary garment.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • A backup costume is on hand for every performer in case of significant damage to a primary garment.

Hey, who ya callin clown foot? Huh?

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