DALLAS — Stampd streetwear played a lead role at the world premiere of a conceptual dance created by the team of Pharrell Williams, choreographer Jonah Bokaer and set designer Daniel Arsham.
Five styles from the fall 2016 collection adorned performers in “The Rules of the Game,” which debuted at the Soluna International Music and Arts Festival last week and is headed off on a world tour.
The score represents Williams’ first composition for live dance and theater, blending moody postmodern sounds with pop beats. The performance was loosely inspired by Pirandello’s absurdist play “Six Characters in Search of an Author” and was performed by eight dancers with members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
“It was super organic and kind of fell into place seamlessly,” said designer Chris Stamp.
The cotton pieces — a hooded mackinaw worn over a T-shirt, long tank top, shorts and a unitard — were garment dyed a dusty pink to match the Greek busts and basketballs that were continually shattered and reassembled in the video backdrop. The dancers gradually stripped off pieces until they wore only the unitards in the final moments.
“A saturated color element was [Arsham’s] vision, and he wanted the whole thing to be cohesive with the clothing,” Stamp explained. “It was awesome to see the layers become part of the show.”
He has collaborated with Arsham before, creating capsule groups of graphic T-shirts that were sold in a handful of high-end boutiques.
“We met at Art Basel three or four years ago and I was super captivated by his work,” Stamp explained. “When I started my collection was very monochromatic, and what we were doing was aesthetically similar.”
Based in Los Angeles, Stampd sells to 120 stores worldwide and was picked up by Barneys New York for fall.
NorthPark Center owners Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger and their family are the title sponsor for Soluna, an annual festival presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra that debuted last year and runs through June 4.