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2001/84/108 Performance costume, 'Jazz Drummer', fabric, leather, designed by Nigel Triffit , used in the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000. Click to enlarge.

Performance costume, 'Jazz Drummer', fabric, leather, designed by Nigel Triffit , used in the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000

Made
The Jazz Drummer costume, consisting of jeans, singlet, socks, boots and flannelette shirt, featured on the Eternity segment of the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony. The segment and its costumes was directed and designed by Nigel Triffit. The costume was assembled from new and second hand purchased clothing. There were approximately 450 performers wearing these costumes.

Quoting the Sydney 2000 Post Games Report: The segment that brought the exploration of the country to a close was a salute to …

Summary

Object No.

2001/84/108

Object Statement

Performance costume, 'Jazz Drummer', fabric, leather, designed by Nigel Triffit , used in the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000

Physical Description

Performance costume, 'Jazz Drummer', fabric, leather, designed by Nigel Triffit , used in the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000

Consists of a pair jeans that have been cut off at the knees and are fraying, a white polyester and cotton singlet, a blue, white and pink check flannelette shirt, a pair of football socks and a pair of brown leather Blundstone boots with a metal bracket screwed around the heel and toe of the boot.

Production

Notes

Nigel Triffit both directed and designed the Eternity segment. He has had a long and diverse career as a designer and director. He directed and designed the The New Rocky Horror Show in 1992. Early work as a director and a designer was with the Last Laugh, Handspan Theatre and at the Universal Theatre in its heyday.

Nigel has been at the creative helm in productions like The Fall of Singapore and Tap Dogs. Film work includes. production designer on Bootmen 2000 and director - Tap Dogs 1996.

Triffit directed and designed the theatrical production Tap Dogs which premiered at the Sydney Theatre Festival in 1995, the show being an immediate hit and has been produced around the world. The Eternity segment has resonances of this production in the design of the costumes for reflects the working class everyday dress of Australia: workboots, jeans, singlets and a 'flannie'.

Maker name Co-ordinated by the Ceremonies Costume Department, Helen Dykes.

History

Notes

Worn by one of approximately 450 Jazz Dancers in the Eternity segment.

Presented to the Powerhouse Museum by the Olympic Coordination Authority, on behalf of the NSW Government

Source

Credit Line

Part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection. Gift of the New South Wales Government, 2001

Acquisition Date

5 October 2001

Cite this Object

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