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2001/84/76 Performance costume, 'Swimmer', rubber, designed by Dan Potra, used in the Deep Sea Dreaming segment of the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000. Click to enlarge.

Performance costume, ‘Swimmer’, rubber, designed by Dan Potra, used in the Deep Sea Dreaming segment of the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000.

The Swimmer costume was assembled from a pair of purchased lime green flippers and a purchased pink swimming cap. The complete costume included a wetsuit and swimming goggles, but these are not included in the Powerhouse acquisition. The costume featured in the Deep Sea Dreaming segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and is one of eight identical costumes used int he segment.

The costume was designed by Dan Potra and it’s manufacture coordinated by the Ceremonies Costume Work...

Summary

Object No.

2001/84/76

Object Statement

Performance costume, 'Swimmer', rubber, designed by Dan Potra, used in the Deep Sea Dreaming segment of the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000

Physical Description

Consists of a pair of rubber and plastic 'technisub' flippers (or fins) and a hot pink latex swimming cap.

Production

Notes

Dan Potra was born in Romania where he studied film, television and theatre design at the Art Institute Nicolae Grigorescu, graduating in 1987. He designed overseas for the Romanian National Theatre as well as working as a production, graphic and interior designer for film and theatre in Romania and Vienna. Potra graduated from the Design course at NIDA in 1991 and currently (2002) designs for theatre, opera, film and television.

Opera Australia repertoire: Carmen, Lakm?, Jenufa, Orlando (OzOpera), Ariadne auf Naxos, Batavia

His design work also includes; Carmen, The Threepenny Opera (West Australian Opera); Christina's World, Quito (Sydney Metropolitan Opera); The Burrow, Wide Sargasso Sea (Chamber Made Opera); Rigoletto, Barber of Seville (Wellington City Opera); Lenz, Orlando (OzOpera/Melbourne Festival); The Medium, Trouble in Tahiti, Tolemeo (Muziektheater, Belgium); Salome (Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg and 2001 Melbourne International Festival of Arts); Carmina Burana (State Opera of South Australia and Australian Ballet); A Streetcar Named Desire (St Gallen Theater und Opera); La boh?me (Berlin Staatsopera)

Maker name Coordinated by the Ceremonies Costume Department.

History

Notes

Worn by one of eight swimmers who flew across the stadium in a 'race' coached from a large video screen by Laurie Lawrence

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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Performance costume, 'Swimmer', rubber, designed by Dan Potra, used in the Deep Sea Dreaming segment of the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 May 2019, <https://ma.as/504049>

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