THE MASK MUST GO ON! All of the costumes and accessories worn in Cirque du Soleil shows are designed in the Costume Workshop in Montreal and are made to measure for each artist. The Workshop, which is the only one of its kind in North America, employs specialists in areas that range from shoe and fabric design to lace, wigs, cutting, tailoring, and hat-making. Explore the exhibition and take a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Cirque du Soleil Costume Workshop! PRODUCTION PROCESS 25 Cricket The artisans use a variety of techniques when making costumes. Sublimation consists of setting the image into the webbing of the fabric, thus considerably expanding the range of colours and patterns used. Character The designers say that sublimation is like being given “carte blanche” to display Ovo (2009) their originality and creativity. Show Accessory specialists must demonstrate great ingenuity when creating Cirque accessories. Casting, used to make the corn cobs in this headdress, enables a perfect 23 Tatoo tribe reproduction of the design, as many times as needed. The artisans also Character draw from a wide range of materials as a base for their casts: Totem (2010) cabbage leaves, tin cans, stones, etc. Show MATERIALS 10 Cirque’s costume designers must keep in mind the many challenges posed by each of the shows. Synchronized Because performers in “O” spend most of their time in the water, the artisans had to Swimming think about the effects that chlorine would have on the costumes, as colours risked Character fading and fabrics perishing. After extensive research and numerous tests using a O (1998) variety of fabrics, they found a Lycra material specially designed to withstand long periods in chlorinated water. Show The creators of this headdress used polyester resin with fabric, a light, resistant orthopaedic material, to create a cast moulded directly onto the head of the artist. These cranial casts, stored at the Montreal Costume Workshop, enable the Workshop’s 2 Madame Corporation artisans to make perfectly adjusted headpieces even when the artists are not available. Character Nouvelle expérience For more information, please tune in to the capsule on this subject on the 3D station. (1990) Show PATTERNS and COLOURS 20 For this costume, the artisans created the effect of a continuous spiral that follows the same line from headpiece, to suit, to shoes. To achieve this, the pattern was first drawn by hand on cotton before being reproduced on the costume, taking the Trickster particular features of the artist into account. Character Kooza (2007) The designers also produced their own colours to ensure that the shades would remain the same regardless of the material used: leather, Lycra or cotton. Show The resulting illusion is perfect from head to toe! Cirque du Soleil’s artisans are masters of the illusion. For the Archer costume, they successfully reproduced the artist’s natural skin tones on 15 Archer Lycra, giving the impression that he is bare-chested. This also makes the black designs covering his shoulders and thighs look like tattoos. Character Kà (2004) Show Your visit to the exhibition will enable you to examine all of the details you never get to see in the audience of Cirque du Soleil shows! The Mask Must Go On! Contest May 30 to June 20, 2010 Participants are invited to create a mask inspired by the costumes and accessories in the McCord Museum’s “Dream Weavers - Costumes by Cirque du Soleil” exhibition, which opens May 26, 2010. A self-guided visit document for the exhibition will be available at the McCord Museum as of Sunday, May 30, which is Montréal Museums Day, and will remain available until Sunday, June 20, 2010. It can also be downloaded and printed from the McCord Museum’s Web site during the same period. The document will help participants explore Cirque du Soleil’s 25 shows through Cirque’s costumes and accessories and learn about the technical innovations, wide range of materials and complexity of designs involved in the costume creation process. Who can enter? Children aged 16 and younger (winners will be asked to provide proof of identity). Participation requirements Participants must create a mask basing themselves on the concepts learned during their visit to “Dream Weavers - Costumes by Cirque du Soleil” (please see “Selection Criteria”). Participants must send a photo of their mask (in .jpeg, .tif or .gif format) to the McCord Museum’s communications team at the following e-mail address: email@example.com. The photo must show the entire mask and be of high enough quality to allow the mask’s details to be clearly seen. Participants must also provide the following information in the text of their e-mail: 1. First and last name 2. Date of birth 3. Home phone number 4. Title of the mask 5. Description: Brief explanation about the process that went into creating the mask, the materials used, and the design featured (max. 250 words) Contest deadline: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 11:59 p.m. Jury Ten winning masks will be selected by a panel of three judges: 1. Sylvie François, Cultural Action Director, Cirque du Soleil 2. Cynthia Cooper, Head, Collections and Research and Curator, Costume and Textiles, McCord Museum 3. Sol Millan, Head, Communications, McCord Museum Selection criteria 1. Originality – Fanciful, original design 2. Innovation – Use of varied and original materials 3. Aesthetics – Workmanship Prizes The judges will select the ten (10) best masks in The Mask Must Go On! Contest. The ten (10) winning masks will be displayed on the McCord Museum’s Facebook page beginning Monday, June 28, 2010. The three (3) grand prize winners (positions 1 to 3 of the 10) will receive a prize according to their final placement. 1st prize: One pair of tickets to Totem, the new Cirque du Soleil show, on Sunday, July 4, 2010. (value: $200) 2nd prize: A Cirque du Soleil “style” collection. (value: $70) 3rd prize: A Cirque du Soleil “stationery” collection. (value: $45) Announcement of winners The ten (10) winners will be announced on the McCord Museum’s Facebook page and contacted by phone on Monday, June 28, 2010, between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. The three (3) grand prize winners (positions 1 to 3 of the 10) must pick up their prizes at the McCord Museum between Tuesday, June 29 and Friday, July 2, 2010, any time between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To receive their prize, winners must answer the following mathematical question: (25 x 4) – 10. (The correct response corresponds to the anniversary the McCord Museum will celebrate in 2011!) Legal notes Any persons for whom a publicity contest is conducted, their employees, representatives or agents, members of the jury and the persons with whom they are domiciled may not enter the contest. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the par- ties reach a settlement.