The parking lot outside Skånes Dansteater was transformed into a secret garden encompassing 900 m2 with 2 500 perennials and 400 bushes and trees. The dance performance Something about Wilderness and several attempts at taming beauty stretched from this temporary green room, through the foyer into the belly of the theatre and beyond to the scene dock.
The ten dancers moved through these spaces and underwent several costume transformation. The costume outdoor balanced between ideas of the wild, fragility, camouflage and animal decoration. It referenced an already past moment of the now. Numerous details in print, embroidery, application and linings were all possible for the audience to discover as the dancers performed right amongst them.
Within the theatre a slow ritualistic undressing grew in intensity and speed and left all dancers naked but one wearing only a sock. All layers of the costume were revealed from outer garments to underwear and spread across the vast mint green coloured floor.
From this point the naked dancers mixed and matched each other’s items and found new combinations that kept changing through the rest of the piece. Always underlining and occasionally shaping choreographic moments, while continuously keeping the feeling of being fleeting, accidental and ever shifting.
It was integral for the creation of the piece that the costume became an organic part of rehearsals. It allowed us to overcome the practicalities of garment swapping, cross-dressing and fully visible costume changes on stage and made these a fully integrated part of the work.