An account of how we work when researching and developing movement material from costume.
We are, especially in our earlier work, informed by cross-dressing: re-shaping, padding, bulking up, etc. and create costumes, that fuse notions of women’s clothes and animal attributes. The selection of clothes we work with have an opulence, a campness and a naïve joyous sense of “too much” about them.
The aesthetics of the costume, the texture of the material, the associations, the memories, and our personal history are all starting points for us to compose outfits. In the process we engage with them, abstract them, and change them by how we use them, and what they inspire us to do. Our aim is to mutate their original meaning and allow other, absurd, and strange hybrid creatures and qualities to become visible.