On June 6, TASA members toured the Atlanta Ballet studios, prop room, costume room and costume workshop. The group enjoyed seeing the architecture of the Ballet’s LEED certified building with its iconic KALWALL–the insulating light transmitting wall paneling; the dance studios with their Marley floor covering; and the stunning photographs of dancers on every wall.
In the costume room we saw hundreds of different costumes for all of the many different ballet productions. We learned how the costumes are designed so they can be altered for different body sizes, and to allow for the movement of the dancer. Attention is given to the costumes to take into account wear areas–such as the waist. TASA members were in awe of the intricate details of the costumes as well as the quality of the fabrics and workmanship involved in their creation. We learned how the costumes are cleaned and how they are often shared with other theatrical, musical and dance companies.
Submitted by Gail Goodwin.