Hooray! We a have reached our Kickstarter goal! An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has generously pledged hard-earned cash to help us get here and I look forward to seeing you at the V&A. We still need more money for costume alterations, accessories and extra coaching sessions for the students who will be performing. If you haven’t given yet, please do consider contributing. Thank you Lea
Lea Anderson is creating a unique Performed Exhibition at the V&A museum in London on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th April 2016. Over 30 excerpts from the works of The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs will be presented in the vast Raphael gallery, danced by 3rd year students of LCDS, wearing the original costumes designed by Sandy Powell, Simon Vincenzi and Emma Fryer. This is a unique opportunity to present works from an archive spanning over 30 years with music played live by Steve Beresford, Pat Thomas and Steve Blake.
This is a truly innovative exhibition. Archived costumes in museums must never be worn. This fact means we are only able to admire the construction and fabrics of theatrical costumes in a museum setting. We never see them as they were intended to be viewed. Hand In Glove shows how dancers and fabrics behave together, - how fabrics move and colours interact, - the meaning of clothing on the dancing body. These costumes have not yet been put into archival conditions and we're making the most of it.
In these times of budget cuts to the arts, dance suffers from a chronic lack of budget for design. This exhibition will help remind people of the importance of design allow them to enjoy an endless parade of work from a selection of The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaugh productions.
We are raising money to enable us to present the works at a high standard with the production values that you would expect from The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs. We need funds for light and sound equipment and technicians to run the exhibition. With 50 performers, 30+ dances and 100's of costumes we also need funds for the maintenance of the costumes and wardrobe throughout this project. As the dancers will be seen close up we need to reconstruct makeup design and buy products for all of our 50 dancers.
We want to commission new music to be played live by Steve Beresford, Pat Thomas and Steve Blake that will complement and link the music from the original shows. This will make full use of the huge space that is the Raphael gallery and turn the exhibition into an extra-special event that is free of charge to all visitors.
This is and will be the only chance to see Hand In Glove live.
Risks and challenges
We are in a position to guarantee that all the rewards will be distributed on or soon after the performed exhibition. The posters of Egon Schiele costumes will take two weeks longer than the others.
The event is confirmed already.
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