Performance costume, 'Roof Carrier', fabric/leather, designed by Dan Potra , used in the Tin Symphony segment of the Opening Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000
The Roof Carrier costume consists of a pair of navy blue wool trousers, a cream wool short sleeved undershirt, a pair of navy blue elasticized polyester braces, a Driza bone squatters hat made from brown felted wool, a pair of white cotton nylon socks and a pair of brown leather Blundstone boots. The costume featured in the Tin Symphony segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and was worn by one of 40 male and female performers who carried the corrugated roof sheets that became part of the 'tin sheds' that were constructed during the segment.
The costume was designed by Dan Potra and it's manufacture coordinated by the Ceremonies Costume Workshop in Redfern, NSW.
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
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 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 bohÂ?me (Berlin Staatsopera). The design of the Roof Carrier costume is representative of the classic working dress of early rural Australia. The period of the garments is intentionally non specific.
Maker name Coordinated by the Ceremonies Costume Workshop
Worn by one of 40 male and female performers who carried the corrugated roof sheets that became part of the 40 'tin sheds' that were constructed during the segment.
Presented to the Powerhouse Museum by the Olympic Coordination Authority, on behalf of the NSW Government