world premiere

This Is a Costume Drama

The Dietrich Group


Produced with Harbourfront Centre's World Stage

About the Performance

What do we reveal by dressing up? Returning to World Stage following their 2012 triple Dora-nominated Paris1994/Gallery, The Dietrich Group confirms its position as an internationally active platform for dance-powered works that blur the edges of the performance disciplines.

The Dietrich Group’s ambitious new production binds together a dizzying array of historical, pop, scientific and religious inconography, characters and situations. It forms a knot of influences and references that refuses to be untied. Elaborating artistic director DA Hoskins’ work as a sculptor who uses the material of dance, This Is a Costume Drama reveals how we transform, how we put on masks and how we celebrate – all as it turns the theatre into a landscape built for graphic spectacle. It’s a sexy, quirkily adult game of adornment, where the transformation of the exterior exposes a flash of inner life.

Director/Choreographer: DA Hoskins
Costume Designer: Dana Osborne
Assistant Costume Designer: Matt Vaile
Set Designer: Dieter Janssen
Lighting Designer: Simon Rossiter
Filmmaker: Nico Stagias
Motion Graphics/ Projection Designer: Santosh Isaac
Writer: Jordan Tannahill
Stage Manager: Laura Cournoyea
Producer/Production Manager: Oz Weaver
Performers: Brendan Wyatt, Brodie Stevenson, Greg Selinger, Mark Reinhart, Danielle Baskerville, Jennifer Dahl, Lacey Smith, Mariana Medellin-Meinke

2013 in Review from TheDietrichGroup on Vimeo.

About The Dietrich Group

In 2008, along with several key collaborators, DA Hoskins launched The Dietrich Group as a platform for the creation of interdisciplinary dance works. The Dietrich Group draws from a broad range of artistic disciplines while maintaining a focus on the strength and power of dance in theatre. Initially an entity that spoke independently of DA Hoskins’ belief in collaborative arts, The Dietrich Group has now broadened into a not-for-profit incorporated dance company in order to strengthen its support base for the artists and arts it represents. To date, The Dietrich Group has created five full evening works – four produced independently and one as a co-production with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

A message from the Artistic Director


This Is a Costume Drama – Pre-show Tea

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 7pm

Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of This Is a Costume Drama .

It is easy, too easy, to equate superficiality with simplicity— but This Is a Costume Drama challenges us to witness the true power of what is only skin-deep. Fashion is always more complex and thoughtful than it looks—and in a thin layer of skin or clothing, we can read endlessly. What happens when we do judge a book by its cover—because that is, of course, what book-covers are for? And what happens when we look beneath these covers, and encounter what lies beneath? How do we engage with the human body – clothed and unclothed? Join us for a highly interactive and challenging pre-show discussion about the way all of our costumes—even yours—bear great meaning.

This Is a Costume Drama – Talkshow

Thursday, April 30, 2015 – After the show

The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to This Is a Costume Drama.