The Dietrich Group | This Is a Costume Drama
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This Is a Costume Drama



“It’s a strip show, both literally and figuratively, and it’s a powerful accomplishment: defiant, irreverent, hugely comedic, inventively choreographed and staged.”

Deirdre Kelly,
Critics At Large

Returning to World Stage following the 2012 triple Dora-nominated Paris1994/Gallery, The Dietrich Group confirms its position as an internationally active platform for dance-powered works that blur the edges of the performance disciplines.

The Dietrich Group’s ambitious new production binds together a dizzying array of historical, pop, scientific and religious inconography, characters and situations. It forms a knot of influences and references that refuses to be untied. Elaborating artistic director DA Hoskins’ work as a sculptor who uses the material of dance, This Is a Costume Drama reveals how we transform, how we put on masks and how we celebrate – all as it turns the theatre into a landscape built for graphic spectacle. It’s a sexy, quirkily adult game of adornment, where the transformation of the exterior exposes a flash of inner life.



A Dietrich Group Production
Produced with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage

Direction/Choreography: DA Hoskins
Dance Artists: Danielle BaskervilleBrodie StevensonBrendan Wyatt, Greg Selinger, Jennifer Dahl, Lacey Smith, Mark Reinhart & Mariana Medellin-Meinke
Costume Stylist: Matt Vaile
Sound Designer: Lyon Smith
Set Designer: Dieter Janssen
Lighting Designer: Simon Rossiter
Filmmaker: Nico Stagias
Motion Graphics/ Projection Designer: Santosh Isaac
Writer: Jordan Tannahill
Stage Manager: Laura Cournoyea
Producer/Production Manager: Oz Weaver


2015 Dora Award for Best Ensemble, Dance
Nominated 2015 Dora Award for Best Male Lead, Dance (Brodie Stevenson)
Nominated 2015 Dora Award for Best Female Lead, Dance (Mariana Medellin-Meinke)

 100 minutes

Toronto Arts CouncilOntario Arts Council Canada Council for the Arts