Behind the scenes in the costume room at Cirque Du Soleil Ovo

Behind the scenes in the costume room at Cirque Du Soleil Ovo


MARANDA: WE’RE BACK UP MORE OF — WITH MORE OF “WHERE YOU LIVE ,” ON THE ROAD WITH CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. WE ARE BACKSTAGE — THE LAUNDRY AREA. HOW MANY DIFFERENT WASHERS AND DRYERS AND DEVICES DO YOU HAVE HERE? NICHOLAS: WE TRAVEL WITH SIX WASHERS AND TWO DRYERS. OUR COSTUMES ARE ALL HANDMADE. WE CANNOT TAKE THE CHANCE TO HAVE A BAD WASHER. MARANDA: DO YOU WASH CLOTHING AND COSTUMES EVERY NIGHT? NICHOLAS: AFTER EVERY SHOW. MARANDA: MENU AIR-DRY ALL THE BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES. MARJON VAN GRUNSVEN — NICHOLAS: ALL THE BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES, AIR-DRYING. MARANDA: THIS IS COOL. SO MANY AMAZING COSTUMES. WE ARE HERE IN 100 — WARDROBE. MS. TATTERS: RUNS THE SHOW –ELLEN TATTERS RUNS THE SHOW. HOW BIG IS YOUR TEAM? MS. TATTERS: THE TEAM IS FOUR PEOPLE THAT TRAVEL, INCLUDING SELF, AND WE SPECIALIZE IN VARIOUS AREAS LIKE SHOES. SHE LOOKS AFTER EVERYTHING. WE HAVE COSTUMES, JULIE LOOKS AFTER THEM. AMY LOOKS OVER AND TEAM TO DO WITH HEADS, HATS, CAPS. MY JOB IS TO OVERSEE IT ALL, MAKE SURE IT ALL RUNS SMOOTHLY. I GUESS WE ARE ALL QUITE DIVERSE AS WELL BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER’S JOBS, AND A BIG PART IS NOT ONLY LOOKING AFTER THE COSTUMES, BUT THE ARTISTS. I AM PAINTING AND FIXING THE ISSUES. SOME — I NEED TO APPLY — MARANDA: THEY LOOK TO LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD. YOU ARE EVEN RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKEUP. MS. TATTERS: YES. I LOOK AFTER THE MAKEUP. EVERY ARTIST DOES THEIR OWN, BUT WE MIGHT HAVE SOMEONE KNEW THAT COMES ALONG, AND THEY DO NOT GO TO MONTREAL, SO THEY COME HERE, AND WE HAVE TO DO THIS STEP BY STEP. NOW, WE HAVE A BIG BOOK THAT HELPS US TO WORK ALL THE WAY THROUGH IT, BUT EACH ONE OF US, PARTICULARLY JULIE AND I WE SHARE THE ROAD. ONE MAKEUP RUNS OUT, LIKE THE FOUNDATION, LIPSTICK — THEY COME TO US AND SAY CAN WE EXCHANGE THAT. WE HAVE A HUGE STOCK WE ARE EVIL TO PROVIDE. WE ARE HERE TO HELP WITH ADVICE IN CASE SOMETHING — THEIR SKIN BECOMES QUITE SENSITIVE TO MAKE A. WE CAN MAKE SUGGESTIONS, CHANGES. MARANDA: A COSTUME AT THIS, IS IT HEAVY AND HOT? MS. TATTERS: IT IS INTERESTING. WHEN THEY FIRST STARTED OUT, THEY WERE QUITE HEAVY. AS TIME HAS GONE ON, THEY HAVE EVOLVED AND MADE A NUMBER OF CHANGES. MARANDA: THEY HAVE BECOME BREATHABLE. MS. TATTERS: THEY HAVE MADE A I HAVE TO SAY WHEN THE GUYS COME OFF, THEY ARE ALL SWEATING, NO MATTER HOW LATE IT IS. MARANDA: WHICH CHARACTER IS THIS ? MS. TATTERS: THIS IS THE CRICKET. THEY ARE WEARING INCREDIBLE SHOES AS WELL. A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS GREAT COVER, ACTUALLY, INSIDE, THERE IS A TRAINER SPECIFIC TO THIS KIND OF ACT. MARANDA: IT IS A REGULAR SHOE. MS. TATTERS: A REGULAR TRAINER. MARANDA: MENU CREATED ALL OF THIS. MS. TATTERS: IT IS OVER THE TOP. THIS IS CARA’S JOB TO LOOK OVER AND MAINTAIN THESE. THEN ALSO THE FACT THAT GOES ON THEIR HEADS. MARANDA: EVERYONE OF THESE PIECES IS CUSTOM-MADE. THEY ARE SPECIFICALLY MADE TO THE ARTIST. WHEN I ORDER, I KNOW EXACTLY IF I ORDERED FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED DO, THE COSTUME OF FIT THAT PERSON. MARANDA: THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB IS — MS. TATTERS: GOSH — THE BEST PART, EVERYTHING. WORKING FOR THE PARTICULAR COMPANY I WORK FOR — VERY DIVERSE, CREATIVE. IT IS ABOUT THE TRAFFIC, THE PEOPLE, AND MY LOVE IS THE COSTUME, ARTISTS, AND THE TEAM I WORK FOR AS WELL. MARANDA: THESE ARE SOME INCREDIBLE SHOES. WHICH CHARACT WEARS THESE? MS. TATTERS: THIS IS THE MASTER SLIPPER — THESE ARE HIS SHOES. THEY ARE INCREDIBLE. THEY FEEL QUITE DIFFERENT AND UNUSUAL. IT IS ABOUT HOW I AM GOING TO WALK IN THESE. MARANDA: THAT IS THE QUESTION — HOW AM I GOING TO WALK IN THESE? MS. TATTERS: YOUR FEET, THE CAREFUL. IT IS ABOUT HOW YOU DEVELOP YOUR WALKING SKILLS. MARANDA: AGAIN, ARE THESE CUSTOM-MADE? MS. TATTERS: YES, THEY ARE SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR GONZALO. IT IS ALL ABOUT HIS FOOT SHIP. INSTEAD, YOU HAVE STEPPED INTO ANOTHER SHOE THAT KEEPS THEM ON YOUR FEET. MARANDA: I DO FEEL LIKE I COULD DO A CLOG DANCING THESE THINGS. OK, — MS. TATTERS: THIS IS THE LADYBUG. I THINK SHE IS GREAT, LOVELY. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT HER COST HIM IT IS, KIND OF BIG, REALLY OUT THERE, AND IT IS BRIGHT AND COLORFUL. THE GREAT THING ABOUT HER, WHEN YOU GET UP CLOSE TO IT, I ALWAYS THINK — DOESN’T NEED A DOORKNOB. MARANDA: IS THERE A HELMET? MS. TATTERS: WHAT IT IS — IT IS A BASE THAT HAS BEEN MADE SO THAT IT FITS COMFORTABLY ON TO HER HEAD, AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS BUILT ON TOP OF THAT. OVER HERE, I DO NOT KNOW PEOPLE GET THE OPPORTUNITY, BUT THESE ARE HER BOOTS. MARANDA: THOSE ARE BOOTS? MS. TATTERS: THESE ARE HER BOOTS THAT SHE WAS. MARANDA: I LIKE A GOOD BOOT, BUT I’VE NEVER SEEN A BOOT LIKE THIS. MS. TATTERS: AS YOU CAN SEE INSIDE, THERE ARE SHOES. MARANDA: SHE IS PUTTING A SHOE ON. NOW I HAVE MORE RESPECT. HOW MANY HOURS DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE THE AVERAGE COST YOU HEAR FOR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PERFORMANCE?

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