When Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg asked me to create costumes for their latest Still Life Dance, I was excited for many reasons. I had seen their past collaborations and each time was struck by the conscientious use of costumes, as well as their mesmerizing, uncannily precise unison movements. The quality of their in-sync performances is unique. I also happen to like Jenny and Lauren as people.
As artists, they are not afraid to approach their work with humor and have fun, even as they work with a level of dedication and awareness that is rare. It is always a joy to work with creative partners who have worked together for a long time, and are comfortable with the collaborative conversation. They allowed for evolution within the project, while keeping the objective of their site-specific performance clearly in sight. I always appreciated their keen input during our meetings and fittings, especially when we all went together to pick out fabric. Happily, Jenny and Lauren are not afraid of fluorescently colored fabric, and a lot of it, a visual derring-do I appreciate as a designer and audience member.
Other audience members seemed to appreciate it too, as the day of the event, we received a lot of compliments on the costumes! I'm very proud of this collaboration with Jenny and Lauren.
Still Life No. 6, a Still Life Dance by Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations, premiered at the Yerba Buena Gardens Choreofest, June 2017 in San Francisco, CA.
All photos are by yours truly.