costume design, Bubble Wrap Tap by Justine Shih Pearson
directed by Jo Dudley & Cathy Adamek
produced by Maximum Legroom for the 10th Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music at the Studio, Sydney Opera House; Barossa Arts Festival at the Saltram Winery; the Space, Adelaide Festival Centre (2000)
performers Cathy Adamek, Jo Dudley, John Leathart, Patrick Lim
Jo and Cathy’s show takes as its form, variations on La Folia – on recorder, homemade chimes, a surprisingly tuneful plucked cactus, pieces of bubble wrap. The last growing into a 1950s Hollywood-esque tap sequence, in costumes made from bubble wrap. I was inspired by Busby Berkeley and Esther Williams, picture research of MGM’s stars in class – particularly one of a young Debbie Reynolds hiding behind Cyd Charisse in a crowded, sweaty studio.