The design of Idiot Syncrasy had to create a feeling of togetherness that could change and evolve seamlessly during the course of the piece. As the movement material is pared back and minimal it was important that the design allowed this to be the central focal point. We also wanted to communicate a sense of significance and a feeling of rebellion.
The opening costumes, macs, reference clothes worn by protesters in the marches around the occupy movement; determined, prepared and with a sense of naivety. The ordinariness of the macs also gives a nod to rebellion from more commonly seen dance costume.
The top layer reveal beneath simple shorts and t-shirts, each with their different colour. Throughout the piece the colours keep changing gradually and almost invisibly as both performers go through two differnet 13 t-shirt colour gradients, first developing towards each other and then apart.
The set consists of a white dance floor with three large protruding paper like wings. They give depending on how they are lit a felling of flatness, depth, serenity, unpleasant intensity and take on church like qualities. They are light as well as architectural.
The wings create a dynamic diagonal line in the space and two onstage entrances and exists for the two performers and they are used throughout as a choreographic element. The set completely dominates the theatre space with its size but remains a structural base note in the piece and grants absolute focus to Igor and Moreno.
The design and choreography was developed through several rehearsal phases and it was a process cutting and refining until only the essential was left.