DANCE TO DESIGN: Hussein Chalayan is training his eye on the world of dance, and has teamed with London contemporary dance theater Sadler’s Wells to create a new production, called “Gravity Fatigue.”
The contemporary dance production, which is Chalayan’s first theatrical work, will premiere Oct. 28 at Sadler’s Wells. The designer has worked with choreographer Damien Jalet on the production, which weaves in themes of “identity and displacement,” Chalayan and Sadler’s Wells said. The two firms added that the production “combines the visual creativity of [Chalayan’s] designs and concepts with contemporary dance.”
Chalayan commented: “Fashion for me is a very important part of culture, however, in many cases clothes can limit the expression of certain ideas. This production will allow me….to build narratives around and with the body in a much broader context than ever seen before in my work.”
Alistair Spalding, artistic director and chief executive officer of Sadler’s Wells, added: “Both dance and fashion deal with the moving body and one’s sense of identity, and in ‘Gravity Fatigue’ the two art forms don’t just enhance each other but are truly complementary in their delivery of the show’s concepts and…of Chalayan’s distinctive aesthetic vision.”
It’s not the first time that Chalayan and the theater have collaborated the designer showed his fall 2000 collection, Afterwords, at the theater, where he showcased his famed dress that turned into a table, and he has designed costumes for several Sadler’s Wells productions in the past.