Photograph by: Tami Weiss

Movement mapping

I conducted an initial visit to a dance rehearsal, in which I took both still images and videos of the dance from the viewers perspectives. The imagery taken, functioned as a 3D visual movement mapping tool for the textile designs. All the scenes in the dance, in which the dancers were in a physical contact with one another, were mapped. Each specific intersecting area between the two dancers was marked.

 

I used the coloured sketches to assign specific and final locations for each color onto the 2D garments pattern maps and then made sure the colors had intersected between the two garments once sewn into their 3 dimensional structures.

 

Patterns were digitally printed. Colors were adjusted to a darker palette in order to align with the stage and lighting designs. Pattern scale was adjusted to be viewed well from a distance. 

Process

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Validation

/ From the reviews

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"Two dancers outstretched on the floor and intertwined, much like a mythological beast with two heads, four legs and four arms... It is practically hard to perceive where from does this or that part of the body spring out and whom does it belong to. The most imaginative choreographic solutions are derived from this intermingling and attest to an artistic eye that knows how and what to choose.

The beautiful costumes designed by Emma Erenst are full body suits with colors that resemble birds. They stress the lines of the dancers bodies and the elasticity which runs through it".

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Ruth Eshel, Ha'aretz, Transparent Borders, March 2014

Photography: Inbal Cohen-Hamo

Design process

"As the curtain rises on Sharon Vazanna’s newest work, Transparent Borders, two bodies lie intertwined on the ground. It is unclear which arm connects to which shoulder, whose knee is supporting whose foot and which torso stems from which trunk. As the two-headed creature begins to move and rise, the optical illusion continues. It is impossible to decipher where one body ends and the next begins".

Trailer

Photography: Tami Weiss

Photography: Tami Weiss

Transparent Borders

Using a light mapping technique and a motion research, the wearable art for the stage performance explores the choreography of dress in relation to human motion

Client

Sharon Vazanna Dance Group

Press

Ruth Eshel, Haaretz, March 2014​

Ori Linkinski, The Jerusalem Post, March 2014

2014

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My role

Ideation

Costumes design

Material choreography

Team 

Choreography: Sharon Vazanna

Dancers: Tamar Sonn, Sharon Vazanna / Shira Ben Uriel

Musical Advice and Sound Design: Sagi Zoref

Light Design: Omer Sheizaf

Dress making: Haya Geiman

Overview

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Transparent borders is a dance performance, which theme is centred around the transitions between the need of the individual for separation and independence, and his need for affinity and human support.

Concept art

The design intent was to raise the question in regards to where one body ends and another beings? And to blur the boundaries between the two. 

Photograph by: Tami Weiss

Photography: Tami Weiss