This costume is the result of the ongoing cooperation with Claudia Kupsch and the children and youth ballet
of Theater&Philharmonie Thüringen. With a few students, we have created and staged the costumes of Seahorse and Jellyfish
for a ballet performance based on the fairy tale The Little Mermaid
by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen
. The Sea Witch costume has been developed for the same piece but as an in-house creation of the theatre stuff in collaboration with me. The costume's fashion design has been developed by Hilke Förster.
As external interaction designer, I was in charge of developing and realizing a meaningful interaction concept. The theatre houses's wardrobe mistresses first created the cutting pattern and sewed the basic shape of the jacket and the gloves. Then I attached all electronic components (e.g. LEDs and conductive fabric), before they finally added the appliqués and finished the final costume design. Since the performer's needed to get familiar with the costumes features, but the final costume was only finished two weeks before the premiere, I developed a rehearsal costume prototype for the dancers what they could use already around four months earlier. This also gave the chance toget user feedback and finally helped to improve the interaction concept continuously.