The “Vaslav” Costumes, Part I

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Thomas | Artworks | Tags: , , , |

This week the play “Vaslav” premiered in Amsterdam’s DeLaMar theater. So I’m posting the designs right now and skip some older projects. I saw it on Tuesday – and liked it a lot. It’s about the early 20th century Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky – often called the greatest dancer of all time.

Mainly it’s about his relationship to his mentor Sergei Diaghilev – which results in lots of monologues and dialogues about artists and their drives, intentions and pressures. I was surprised how short the piece felt, despite actually being two hours long and never letting go of this heavy topic.
The stage design was really cool too.

The costumes itself are very close to the authentic early 1900 Russian upper class style. Which was a nice continuation, since for Katia Kabanova I did late 18th century Russian dresses.

Vaslav Nijinsky in a simple dress for dancing.

The main role: Vaslav Nijinsky the russian dancer (played by Maarten Heijmans)

Upper class costume: Diaghilev 20th century coat and cane.

Diaghilev – played by Jeroen Krabbé.

Early 20th century pyjama.

Obviously some romance scenes going on there.

Russian upper class: creme dress with long black skirt.

Vaslav’s wife Romola (Noortje Herlaar).

Russian upper class costume: Fine dress.

Romola’s mother in a festive dress.

Upper class costume: Creme Summer Suit.

Vaslav in a suit – for a Mediterranean scene.

Russian upper class costume: Diaghilev with 1910s fur coat.

Diaghilev with a fur coat.

Russian 1910s costume: Servant Chauffeur dress.

Peter, the servant.


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