With one week until the opening of Aim for the Tangent's new production "Of Shapes Transformed by Love", we've opted to feature some of the many creative voices with fresh perspectives of the process and what thrills and challenges have been part of this journey.
This is our biggest team yet with a cast of 8 and a creative team of 5 (7 if you include publicity). With so many artistic angles, our first guest writer is Lindsay Junkin, our Wardrobe and Prop Mistress. Stay tuned over the following week for more articles and some exciting news...,
“But How Would I Transform a Woman Into a Tree?”
by Lindsay Junkin
When I first read an early draft of Kyle Capstick’s Of Shapes Transformed By Love I was taken by the world created on the pages, the weaving of mythological imagery and modern identity struggles. But my technical mind was also pretty immediately struck by how creatively challenging it would be to stage, I mean six transformations in front of an audience, how? It planted itself so much in my brain that over the following months when I had any issues on other productions, I would take a step back from the problem at hand and ask myself the question “but how would I transform a woman into a tree?” Mechanics, conceptual movement, how could that be done well? I’d muse and so when I finally returned to my actual production issue it would seem infinity easier. Ages later, I related this story to Kyle and he laughed.
Two weeks later he asked me to finally figure it out as his costume and prop designer for this production.
Helping to create this world on stage has been so satisfying and really very organic for me. There were times to play with the fantastical and times play against it, balancing in such a way to make a world simultaneously familiar and apart from us. The characters of Of Shapes accept the extraordinary as they live timelines interconnected with each other. They’re a people on the sea, surrounded by nature with familiar societal traditions like marriage and make-up but there is hardness, a wildness, an otherness. The modern with the mythic, the feminine and the masculine, the cyclical and linear, love and violence. I aspire to define this world in its own right. Something that, through costumes, has meant a rustic look, a lot of layering and dare I say, pieces with a trans-formative element.
So here I have been asking myself “how would I transform a woman into a tree” and hoping you like my answer.