Support sustainable innovation in opera and dance
Sustainable Costumes © © Kirsten Nijhof i
ATTRIBUTED GRANT - €70,000
Oper Leipzig and Icelandic Opera have acknowledged the responsibility of major cultural institutions toward climate change. “Sustainable Costumes” was inspired by the work and research of Urs Dierker on sustainable transition in the field of costume design. Dierker is a textile artist, researcher, and founder of the Circular Costume Design platform. It investigates different phases of several opera productions to assess how sustainable changes can be achieved using various strategies – green design (focus on material), life-cycle thinking (focus on processes) and participatory practices (focus on social aspects of change).
The “Sustainable Costumes” project will use participatory design methods to include from the start the very people who define opera productions and who design, make and handle costumes. Practical research outcomes will be directly applicable to current opera processes. They can be shared, including new models for material circularity between productions and institutions, based on research with the two partner operas and their supplier networks. This includes exploring digital tools for materials management, systems for sustainable materials procurement and logistics, and policy recommendations and design briefs as guidelines for creative teams.
Urs Dierker - Researcher on costume design and sustainability, Material designer for costumes
Steinunn Ragnarsdóttir - CEO and Artistic Director