Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's Dralion: Backstage, in wardrobe

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

A wardrobe department travels with each Cirque show, to take care of their original costuming.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • A wardrobe department travels with each Cirque show, to take care of the original costuming.

Back again, adding to my collection of backstage moments in Loveland before the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Dralion. You can find my original story here, and my first blog post here.

But on to the good stuff: a behind-the-scenes look at Dralion's props and costume departments.

I spent a lot of time hanging out with Kevin Chang, a 27-year-old props technician from Hong Kong. He showed me around the two trucks' worth of Dralion heads, 20-foot-tall bamboo poles, clown toys, and more that Dralion must get from location to location. You can see some of them in this slideshow of photos by Matthew Schniper. Near the end of the slideshow, you'll see some photos from the companion wardrobe department.

In the below video, I speak with head of wardrobe Melody Tatania Wood. A Londoner, Wood's been with Dralion for a year. Here, while she's working on adding cufflinks to one of the show's new clown's costumes, she tells me about one of her favorite costumes in the show (a pair of pants you can see popping out on the right side of the above photo).

After my interview with Wood, while I was interviewing Dralion's shoe technicians on the other side of the events center, two performers came up looking rather confused.

"Where's Melody?" one asked.

"In wardrobe," was the response.

"This isn't wardrobe?"

"No. Just shoes."

The shoe technicians didn't really know how to get to wardrobe, however, so I ended up leading the two over, as I'd just been there. I certainly wasn't going to pass up an extra few minutes with some artists. And we all thought it was pretty great that a reporter was showing the Cirque folks the way.

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