Javier de Frutos

Research Project

In 2009 Sadler’s Wells commissioned four notable choreographers to create works for a centenary celebration performance In the Spirit of Diaghilev. Javier de Frutos was to create the notorious work Eternal Damnation to Sancho and Sanchez.

Javier had been a guest tutor on the course that I ran at Wimbledon College of Art, BA Theatre and Screen: Costume Design. As part of my research remit, I asked Javier and Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells if I could be a fly on the wall, and document the creation process with a focus on the costume design by Katrina Lindsey.

Observing the challenges of cut, fabric choices, lighting effect on colour and movability for the dancers, highlighted my own theories about the uniqueness of designing and creating costumes for contemporary dance.

A selection of interesting press: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2009/oct/15/in-the-spirith