TOP ACT: Two of the dancers – Eleanor Freeman and Emilio Pavan – in Waltz of Flowers.
TOP ACT: Two of the dancers – Eleanor Freeman and Emilio Pavan – in Waltz of Flowers.

Costumes help bring The Magic Toyshop to life

GLADSTONE'S latest ballet performance wouldn't be the same without the expertise of Melbourne-based artist Anastasia La Fay.

Anastasia is a costumier and couturier who has worked in conjunction with the Young Dancers Association to bring to life The Magic Toyshop.

Ms La Fay said her explorations of cloth span the realms of both art and design, with a particular interest in costume for dance.

"What a lot of people don't realise about costuming, particularly costumes for dance, is it's not just a matter of something that's pretty, something that works, something that looks effective under lights," she said.

"It's something that has to move, that a dancer feels fantastic in, that makes them and their performance, even better that it would be otherwise."

And it was of particular interest to her as she grew up.

"I'm an originally a country South Australian girl so I've got a soft spot for country kids who are a bit different, that like the limelight a little bit," she said.

"I wanted to be a ballet dancer but I kept growing and growing and growing and only stopped when I was 14, so as you can imagine I wasn't really perfect for the role."

She has however found her calling in design, but not without a challenge.

"Obviously working from Melbourne, communication has been through email and it was hard but the gallery gave great," she said.

Ms La Fay now wants people to get up nice and close.

"Mostly go and see these performers and support a company that is bringing talent and skill and energy into your community," she said.

The Nutcracker Pas de Deux will accompany more than 70 CQ performers in three performances of The Magic Toyshop in Gladstone on Saturday at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.