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Chamber Dance Project’s “Evening with the Artist”

Costume Design for Dance
Bekah Nettekoven Tello

Tuesday, February 11

Washington D.C. (February 3, 2020) – How is fabric used to express the intent and feeling of a
dance and how in the world do you create an outfit that allows a dancer the freedom and safety to
move as the choreographer intends? The broad range of contemporary dances performed by
Chamber Dance Project (CDP) this coming summer in Washington is the challenge faced by
Bekah Nettekoven Tello, their long-time costume designer. On February 11 from 6:30 pm to
8:30 pm the focus of “Evening with the Artist” will be costume design at the Chamber Dance
Project Media Lounge, 700 12 th Street N.W., Suite 700, Washington D.C. Each dance is by a
different choreographer, each dance with a unique style and intent. Because Chamber Dance
Project performs only contemporary ballets, traditional tutus and tights are not an option; Tello
must create a whole new fashion vocabulary for each dance. Tickets are $30 from Student discount code: STUDENTS10. More information: 202-499.2297.

“How does a costume serve the dance? How does a costume serve the dancer,” asked
award- winning choreographer and artistic director Diane Coburn Bruning, founder of
Chamber Dance Project. “Find out at an intimate gathering with Bekah on Feb. 11.”

Tello plans to explore some of her more recent costumes.  She will open the evening to
participation and discussion of the process of dance costume design from measurements to
shopping to building to fittings and finally performance.  Much of this process will be new for
guests to engage with and will leave them with a clearer picture of how costume design comes to

As with most of Chamber Dance Project’s endeavors, Tello plans to make this evening hands-on.
The focus will be on building the costumes for the powerful Chant dance and then moving into
the process of development and shopping for this summer’s new dance by Colin Gee.
She may take a few measurements and then invite the attendees to help Google fabric and
clothing options within specific parameters.  And then onto a quick fitting and demonstration of
what needs to be considered when fitting clothing for dance.  She will have the Chant costumes
and perhaps a few other samples as well.

More about Bekah

Costume Designer and Wardrobe supervisor, Bekah Nettekoven Tello, is in her sixth season with
CDP.  Her work was first seen in Songs by Cole, followed by Chant and Prufrock, among others.  Bekah has a degree in Comprehensive Theatre and MA in Theatre History. She loves to research before beginning any new design project.  In addition to her work with CDP, Bekah spent six seasons with The Washington Ballet (TWB) as a wardrobe assistant. While at TWB she has had the privilege of working with designers such as Vandal and Christine Darch, as well as assisting on the build of Septime Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland), The Sun Also Rises, and Sleepy Hollow.  It takes all of life to create art, and Bekah is grateful to contribute her bits to the whole.

  • The production Chant was spectacular.The ladies of N Street had a wonderful time. All in all, there were about 25 women and 8 support staff. Thank you so much for the opportunity for the women to experience your dancers and choreography. Just wonderful!

  • I was at the matinee performance on Saturday and was thoroughly happy and moved. This was also my first time at one of [Chamber Dance Project’s] performances so I was glad I tried something new. I love the Washington Ballet, so that connection was what caught my attention.

    Markus Williams
  • I DID NOT WANT IT TO END!!! Especially the second half when the singers approached and took us into another world altogether with their vocals and the performers on stage.  It was a VERY unique experience.

    Alice Krikorian

Header Photo

Dan Roberge, and Shacara Rogers in Songs by Cole
Mariah Miranda Photography