Quick Changes in order of apparition in this video: 

1.Chinese masks (exploration) 

2. LUZIA’s butterfly dress (exploration) 

3. Nowhere men (LOVE) 

4. Business man (TOTEM) 

5. Inflatable costume (Banana Shpeel) 

It’s more than a simple performance tool… 

“Live transformation is like a performance, but not necessarily human, it’s a costume-performance” 

Valérie Desjardins
Chief – Accessories, shoes and R&D

We don’t see Quick Changes as a simple performance tool, but as being fully integrated to the performance. Check out some of our explorations in the video.  

The exploration

We defined “Quick Change” as the mastering of simple techniques for efficient costume changes. In order to improve the speed and fluidity of the costume changes, the department of costumes and accessories collaborated with a team of experts like the Frenchman Arturo Brachetti, who has a wealth of experience with this art form and Francois Barbeau, a performer from Quebec who worked in the R&D department to help Quick Changes evolve from a performance tool to a costume-performance.

Want to see the result? Check out the video. 

Invisible Glow – Staging a Quick Change project 

Quick Change was explored form many different angles. An example was our use of UV paint to create an “Invisible Glow” effect for the Michael Jackson show. Hit the lights and suddenly, the fluorescent half of the costume appears thanks to pigments integrated in the costume.

The fluorescent half came from pigments in powder form that were added to the costume. It took us three months of trial and error of testing different mixes to find a formula that wasn’t too thick on the costume. In the end, the procedure proved to be a little bit expensive and was therefore only used on this show.  

Innovation can come from taking the fundamental bases of an art from and challenging its conventional notions by applying it to new, different settings. The use of pigments in powder to create a glow effect on our costumes is an example of this.

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