Performance costume 'Captain Cook', fabric, designed by Dan Potra, used in the 'Oi! Oi! Oi!' exhibition, Sydney, 2001
This Captain Cook costume consists of jacket, jabot, breeches, tricorn hat, and shoes. The costume was not used in the Olympic Games, but was made after the Games for use in the "Oi! Oi! Oi!" exhibition of Olympic costumes, because the original costume was kept by the performer. It was made in the materials and to the same pattern as the costume used in the games.
The original costume featured in the Tin Symphony segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and was worn by a performer playing Captain Cook on the Endeavour Cycle.
The costume was designed by Dan Potra; it was made in Sydney in 2000 or 2001.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games comprised three major sections: mandatory formalities and protocol sections, the cultural display and the entrance of the athletes.
The Tin Symphony segment presented a theatrical representation of Australia's colonization of the bush and growth as an industrialised nation 'on the sheep's back'. Tin Symphony is a celebration of the energy, humour and ingenuity that drove the settlement of the Australian Bush - the ubiquitous wind mills, derricks and water tanks of rural Australia and the improvised machinery of cogs, drive belts and pulleys. The segment moves from Captain Cook's arrival, past the Irish refugees, Ned Kelly and sheep shearing, and ends up in a quadrille of Victa lawnmowers. Farm machinery becomes an animated apparatus for performers, powered by pulleys, bicycle chains and human sweat. Sydney 200 Olympic Opening Ceremony Programme
Designed by Dan Potra, Sydney, 2000
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 designs for theatre, opera, film and television.
Opera Australia repertoire: Carmen, LakmÂ?, 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
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 BohÂ?me (Berlin Staatsopera).
The design of the Endeavour Cycle costumes was based on research into the uniform of late 19th century maritime officers.
Not used in the Olympic Games. Used in the "Oi! Oi! Oi" exhibition at Sydney Olympic Park, 6-21 January 2001.
Presented to the Powerhouse Museum by the Olympic Coordination Authority, on behalf of the NSW Government