Costume shop maven makes sure ASU's dancers hit the stage in functional style
It’s the first night of dress rehearsal, and Jacqueline Benard is sitting in the back of a darkened theater. Though she is taking in the action on the stage, her eyes are zeroed in on the dancers’ costumes.
Will the fabric change its color under the house lights? Does the pattern match what the dancer is trying to convey? Will the piece rip with intense movement?
For Benard, the coordinator for Arizona State University’s dance costume shop, these are crucial questions, and ones that need to be cemented before this weekend’s annual performance “Dance: Inventions and Conventions” hosted by the School of Film, Dance and TheatreThe School of Film, Dance and Theatre is in the Herberger Institute for the Design and Arts..
The high-energy show features more than 40 dancers and highlights some of the greatest hits and new original pieces of the 2015-2016 season. There’s a lot riding on the line for students, but Benard remains a steady hand.
“I don’t really get nervous, but there’s always something to fix or little adjustments that have to be done,” Benard said.
“Dancers are very physical so they break buttons or rip out a stitch or a hemline might catch. The idea behind the dress rehearsal is to try and catch and fix those mistakes before they take the stage. I’m confident it’ll all work out.”