PERFECT PAIRING: Yigal Azrouël’s Breakthrough Ballet Designs for Emery LeCrone
Article by Alainna Lexie Beddie
When the choreographer Emery LeCrone first approached the designer Yigal Azrouël to design costumes for her, his first response was, “Why me?” But he agreed, with one caveat: “I don’t do tutus.” The result was 10 different pieces for “Bach Interpreted: New Choreography by Emery LeCrone” commissioned by Works & Process, the Guggenheim Museum’s performing arts series based on his spring/summer 2014 collection, even using some of the same fabrics.
During one of the panel discussions that bookended the two-part performance last night, LeCrone likened the architectural sensibility of Azrouël’s designs to the Guggenheim itself. No one could deny that his contoured designs looked right at home on the sculptural stage in the museum’s basement. LeCrone even said that one outfit worn by a tattooed male dancer, a calf-length skirt paired with leggings and a top, informed the choreography in the dance’s final section. Tonight’s third and final installment of the show is sold out, but in this short documentary, LeCrone and Azrouël discuss their collaboration and offer a glimpse of their combined craft.
Film by Erez Sabag - T MAGAZINE Feature
Emery LeCrone & Yigal Azrouel 2014. Guggenheim Work & Process Series. Bach: Interpreted.