Costume Design Notes | Terrain

  • Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
  • Costumes, Highlights, Concept
With most dance companies, it really is all about fashion and style. You can't go there, you don't go there with Bangarra, because that's not what it's about.

After 20 years of designing costumes for Bangarra I am constantly trying to reinvent its unique aesthetic. Being inspired by so many beautiful images of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre I was captured by its surrealism and vastness.

Designing the costumes, I focused on the textural elements of the materials I was working with, abstracting the narrative: the continual changing of the landscape; the cracked salt lake and earth that has avoided human influence.

I have embraced a sculptural approach to the costumes to represent the stark contrasts of beauty and destruction of the terrain that is Lake Eyre.