Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Circus, I teamed up with physical theatre company Rogue Play, to create a modern amphitheatre of physical theatre for Tilt festival 2018.
The sheer physicality of Aerial Silk performance is immense, the costumes needed to be durable, flexible and all body covering. Silk burns are an occupational hazard, whilst any hinderance of movement could be fatal. For this project is was necessary to depict glamour, within a functional garment.
Tilt, is a weeklong physical theatre festival that takes places annually right here in Birmingham. In collaboration with Rogue play, I was asked to design outfits for two of their Aerial Silk artists to perform in. Along with counterweighting, stilt walking, aerial hoops and ground acrobatics, my performers would be creating a show that depicted a 21st century take on the very first circus - Phillip Astley's Amphitheatre.
Taking inspiration from the book 'The Night Circus', I have recreated silhouettes from late 19th century performers to celebrate the history of the circus, whilst exploring the future possibilities of the industry. Using thoroughly modern techniques, I incorporated Laser Cutting, Etching and Digital Embroidery into my designs.