How Dragone's Costume Department Became Essential Workers

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8 Seamstresses & 1 Cutter– How Dragone’s Costume Department Became Essential Workers in Belgium

In a sea of unpleasant news last month we were happy to see something inspirational pop-up. It was a notice from the circus company Dragone explaining how their costume department was keeping busy during quarantine by helping people stay safe from Coronavirus. They are making masks for people. Dragone, like every circus company around the world, has been hit hard by the pandemic, especially because several of their shows (The Han Show & The Dai Show) )were centered in Wuhan and Xishuangbanna and had to close down entirely and early in the quarantine cycle. 

I spoke to Claudine Cornet, communication consultant at Dragone about the experience of making the masks. Cornet says she has “been working on costumes and at Dragone more generally since the very beginning of the Dragone adventure in Belgium in the early 2000’s.” Kim Campbell: We saw that the costume department of Dragone was helping people stay safe from Coronavirus and making masks for people. Can you tell us about the team making the masks? Claudine Cornet: From the start of the pandemic, it became apparent that due to the closure of shows, theatres, local measures for health and safety as well as suspension of upcoming projects that our staff would be without immediate work. We therefore offered to join the collective effort. To date, eight seamstresses, among the finest technicians in the workshop, and a cutter, have accepted the challenge....

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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.