05Dec

A snap, a bridge, the dress and the fold: parallel structures in Issey Miyake fashion and William Forsythe’s choreography

Centre for Dance Reseacrh, Tamara Tomić-Vajagić, Location and Time - tbc

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In this presentation I explore parallel gestures and connective affinities (Heathfield, 2018) in William Forsythe’s choreography and Issey Miyake’s fashion. Particular focus is on their 1991 collaboration in The Loss of Small Detail (Ballet Frankfurt, 1991). The costumes used in this work belong to Miyake’s ‘a piece of cloth’ concept, which includes movement of pleating and folding. As seen in Forsythe’s dances, Miyake’s designs can be understood as ‘choreographic objects’ (Forsythe, 2011) in dialogue with the dance material, including the folding of balletic épaulement through operations of ‘disfocus’. Furthermore, Miyake’s folded clothes suggest a possible paradigmatic visualisation of Forsythe’s dance work as the fold (Deleuze, 1993), or an ontological multiple concerned with cohesion and continuity.

Dr Tamara Tomić-Vajagić is a dance scholar with background in fine arts. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Dance Department at the University of Roehampton, London.