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Costume Designer

We are looking for a Costume Designer to produce costumes for two new exciting and innovative works.

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About the project

Based on several years worth of research that began with Choreodrome through The Place and Wellcome Collection in 2019, Cathy has collected hundreds of insights into how the unseen can shape human interaction and how presumption and prejudice can force exclusion. This project will experiment with how movement and sound can make the invisible be seen, heard and felt, in the most visible way possible, centre stage and through the lens.


We are making a suite of work for flexible programming opportunities, including a dance-for-drone film, an onstage choreographic work and an exhibition featuring an interactive element and work by a disabled photographer. 


The Costume Designer will design costumes for the dance-for-drone film in collaboration with students from Arts University Bournemouth, and the onstage choreographic work.

The dance-for-drone film

Working in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth, we will co-produce a contemporary dance film shot entirely on drones, up to 15 minutes in length and filmed in various locations around Bournemouth, Dorset. Working with a select number of students from the costume design course, hair & make-up, dance and film - our creative professional team will facilitate the students' engagement under Cathy’s leadership. 

Costumes will be androgynous, utilitarian and comfortable for the dancers to have their full range of movement. As we are filming in October we may need to consider layers and fabric type. The colour palette is yet to be determined but needs to be considered alongside the locations we’re filming in and the shots we want to get. 


We will need up to a maximum of 16 costumes (made up of 8 x professional dancers and 8 x AUB student dancers (tbc)).


You will collaborate with Cathy and the students to design creative and functional costumes in line with our timeframe. This will include:


  • Attend the R&D days with students at AUB on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June

  • Facilitate at least one collaborative session with the students at the R&D days

  • Facilitate independent workshops with the costume design students within the R&D, inline with the plans for the days

  • Present the costumes for fittings during week one of the full-cast production

  • Handover the costumes to the Company Manager and students to manage during the shoot weekend

  • Attend production meetings as required 

  • Create, and collaborate with the students to create, sketches to present to Cathy for approval

  • Produce the final designs


The Stage Work

The stage work is performed by professional dancers only and will be up to 50 minutes long. We’d like the costumes of the professional dancers to be transferable from the drone film to the stage work, with enough texture to create interest under different lighting states. 


We will need up to a maximum of 6 costumes, which may be transferable from the film. 


You will return to the creative team to adapt the costumes as required for the stage, for the same cast. This might require any fixes, adjustments or adaptations, and will include:  

  • Attend production meetings as required 

  • Attend rehearsals to make any necessary changes to the existing costumes

  • Handover the costumes to the Company Manager to manage for the performance weekend on Saturday 21st March 2024. 


The schedule for the project is as follows:


Us Dance-for-Drone Film (2023)

Location: Bournemouth

R&D in Bournemouth:          22nd &/or 29th June

Costume Creation period:   July - Aug

Costume testing & fittings:  25th - 29th Sept

Production week:                 9th - 12th Oct

Filming:                                 13th - 15th Oct

Us On Stage (2024)

Location: London

Week 1:  19th - 23rd Feb

Week 2:  26th Feb - 1st Mar

Week 3:  4th - 8th Mar

Week 4:  15th - 20th Mar

Performance: 21st Mar 



R&D:  1 or 2 full days depending on availability @ £200 per day

Delivery fee (drone): 10 x full days @ £200 per day

Delivery fee (stage): 4 x full days @ £200 per day 

Total fee: £2,600





Travel & accommodation

Travel, accommodation & per diems to be discussed & paid by CWC

Total: TBD


Application deadline:  Monday 5th June, 12noon

Interviews:                    1 - 2pm or evenings between Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th June

Notification:                 Monday 12th June

How to apply

To apply please send:

  • Your CV and your portfolio, giving examples of your work. 

  • A short statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you would like to work on the project and with the company

  • Let us know of availability challenges

  • A completed (and anonymous) data collection form:


Send everything to by 12noon on Monday 5th June.


We'd especially love to hear from disabled artists, and artists from the Global Majority because the work puts invisibility centre stage and we'd like to reflect that in our cast and creatives. 


If you would prefer to apply by video or audio please send a private YouTube or Vimeo link, or audio file which should be no more than 5 minutes. 

Let us know in your application if you have any access requirements for the interview so we can support you and put these in place. 

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If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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