Dior Designed Runway-Worthy Costumes for This Ballet at the Guggenheim
New York’s Guggenheim museum is about to gift you with one of the most visual dance performances you’ve seen this fall. A part of the museum’s Works & Process program, the museum has tapped American Ballet Theater Principal Daniil Simkin to lead the charge of a new 30-minute project titled Falls the Shadow.
Sounds spooky, huh? Well, it appears to be nothing short of fabulous. Not only are major performance art leaders involved (Alejandro Cerrudo is behind the choreography; Dmitrij Simkin behind production design), but they’ve also tapped the high-fashion world for a collaboration. Dior’s Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri has designed the costumes and yes, they’re exceptional.
Basically, as dancers parade about the museum’s noteworthy rotunda (below), their moves will be projected onto the circular-shaped walls by motion sensors, creating 3D visuals that take over the building’s main floor and cascading hallways.
For that reason, Grazia Chiuri focused on shadows and how they’ll look in motion. She outlined their bodies with the “J’Adior Christian Dior” logo to create a map of sorts on their bodies (pictured at top).
“I imagined the costumes beginning with the body’s expressive role in dance: they’re skintight and above all support the subtle gestures, flexible poses, and sinuous movements,” she said in a statement. “In that sense, they are part of the performers’ experience, who feel them on their bodies, but also of the audience, who are participating in such a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said.
Watch a preview of the show below:
And catch Falls the Shadow at the Guggenheim on September 4 and 5. Visit worksandprocess.org for tickets.