Costume Design: Kristi Kuusk Coreography/Dance: Angelina Deck Photos: Dominika Potuzakova
Costume Design: Kristi Kuusk Coreography/Dance: Angelina Deck Photos: Dominika Potuzakova

CHACUN(E): Thermochromic dance performance

CHACUN(E) is a performance costume designed to change its colour by temperature fluctuation on the body or the ambient. The detailed crochet motives change from black into different colours on the dancer’s body based on her body temperature change which is closely related to the choreography.

The costume consists of crocheted snowflake shapes, that are dyed with thermo sensitive pigments and connected by hand stitches to one another. They move together with the dancer’s body and transform the shape of the costume, pattern and sizes of the flakes. By the temperature change in the ambient or dancer’s body the thermo sensitive black colour becomes transparent revealing the colourful original colours of the yarns used to crochet the snowflakes. The dancer becomes aware of her own body temperature and can react to the playful subtle change created by her own movement. The garment reacts differently during every performance due to difference of movement, ambience, weather, dancer. It creates a very close and intimate unique non recurring interaction between the dancer and the costume.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trnePO1GKbk

Happening (29 June 2013) curated by Agony Art (agony art.tumblr.com) at Chisenhale Dance Space, London.  Light and technical support by Ellen Knops.

 Music: J.S. Bach, Chaconne, the 5th part of Partita No.2 in D-moll, 14 min.

Angelina: “In this work I am exploring the internal movement, potential, intelligence. The place before things are defined and concrete but almost about to become and reveal themselves. The place before the interpretation and form, wise and mouldable, where our free will merges with the higher knowing.”

Kristi: “It’s beautiful how the structure of a traditional crochet and the dancer’s body movement change the colour on the costume.”

Project realised by: Kristi Kuusk (TU/e), Angelina Deck

Costume Design: Kristi Kuusk
Coreography/Dance: Angelina Deck
Photos: Dominika Potuzakova/ Kristi Kuusk

More about thermochromics: Lace exporations, printing and mixing.

Materials: grey tricot knit fabric; black thermochromic pigment 27C; cotton, wool and viscose yarns; elastic ribbons.

Techniques: Hand crocheted; hand dyed; hand sewn.

Year Completed: 2013