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John Macfarlane

Forgotten Land

Rex Harrington and Gizella Witkowsky in Forgotten Land (1988). Photo by David Street.

Macfarlane used six different colours for his costumes in Forgotten Land. In the ballet's middle section of embattled souls, Macfarlane clad the dancers in red; and the final ones he appropriately dressed in white, in keeping with the sense of serenity they convey.

Each couple's costuming is mirrored by various emotions, from the mournful black couple through the hyperkinetic red and pink couples, who devour space, to the white couple, with their calm, lyrical spirituality.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.