“It was remarkable how quickly Jonathan figured out what we were thinking,” said Costanzo. “He asked to see the set designs and each scenario and that we talk to him about it. What he designed for us is really perfect, that’s exactly what we had in mind.
“I looked at this idea of volumes and silhouettes and shadows, this idea that they looked the same but different,” Anderson said of his costume inspiration. “This idea of volume, where you have the red velvet with the black velvet, and how they are able to articulate different types of architectures of the same thing.”
Bond’s Anderson costumes span decades. The creator and performer met in London at the beginning of the years thanks to their mutual friend Rufus Wainwright. “Jonathan asked if he could make things for me to wear for my shows, and he made these wonderful little pieces for me,” Bond said of their first collaboration. “Then came the time for him to make his collection for his graduate degree. [at the Royal College of Art] in 2005, and he asked me to play. So I played his very first show and we remained friends. Since then, Bond has starred in campaigns for JW Anderson and has become a staple of his shows.
Anderson said of Bond: “What I like about them as a collaborator is that they are kind of able to see in the future what we want in terms of performance. I still think Viv has the ability to catch the new in performance before it happens.
Along with Costanzo, co-creator and director of the show Zack Winokur, set designer Carlos Soto, lighting designer John Torres and sound designer David Schnirman, Anderson is part of what Bond calls a “queer quorum” of collaborators for the show. This has created a beautiful and authentic spirit within the theater that the performers hope to translate to the audience.
“There’s a whole different magical energy that we’ve even started to feel with our design team in the theater today where it’s like the air quality is changing,” Costanzo said. “It has a different effect on your body and your emotions, and sharing that with an audience seems like an essential part of life.”