Manifesto (2009)

The first in a series of pieces inspired by the lives and work of great designers, “Manifesto” is a movement interpretation of a fashion revolution. Arguably the most influential designer of his time, Yves Saint Laurent “gave [women] power,” Pierre Berge said on France-Info radio. Saint Laurent was a “true creator,” going beyond the aesthetic to make a social statement, Berge said. Set in the 1960s, “Manifesto” follows revolutionaries (dressed in pantsuits and safari jackets made famous by Saint Laurent) as they struggle with feelings of power, anger, and emptiness during this volatile time in U.S. history.

Choreography by Autumn Mist Belk
Music composed by G. Todd Buker
Costumes by Autumn Mist Belk; inspired by the designs of Yves Saint Laurent
3-4 dancers; 12 minutes