Ten years ago, Libby McDonnell walked through our studio doors as Circa’s newly-appointed costume designer. 2010 had been a challenging year, with the company facing cancelled shows as venues and audiences reeled from the repercussions of a global (financial) crisis. It was a year when our Artistic Director, in his annual report, described circus as ‘utterly necessary’ in addressing ‘the physics of hope and the poetics of suffering.’ If you hear an echo, you are not alone, but to reassure us that the world has continued to spin between then and now, Libby has since designed costumes for 33 productions, co-directed three mainstage creations, and passionately led many of Circa’s social engagement projects. Today, Libby is Circa’s Head of Design and Engagement and she has shared with us her process for creating the costumes for Humans 2.0, which is set to premiere as part of the 2021 ...
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