Melinda Looi was invited by dance doyen/choreographer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim to create the costumes for Quintessence – a collaboration between him, Dua Space Dance and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), conducted by Fabio Mechetti.
Quintessence uses seminal works by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Shéhérazade and The Firebird.
Melinda Looi designed the costumes for The Firebird, which were inspired by Datuk Ramli’s Asian touch to the piece. The project demanded extensive research on the music and dance as well as close coordination with everyone in the group to ensure that the dancers needs for easy movement were considered while at the same time considering what would look best under stage lighting.
The costumes were head-to-toe outfits for the four main characters (the Firebird, the main Princess, the Prince and the magician) as well as six monsters, six other Princesses and the Golden Apple tree. Materialis used were tulle, silk saree material, linen, lace and jersey. In addition, Melinda Looi also created some one-off complementing props.