photo: Ida Zenna
'Das Theater bietet bei Schneewittchen ein tolles Bühnenbild, das mit Bildschirmen, Spiegeln und wenigen Requisiten auskommt. Die Kostüme sind wunderbar minimalistisch gehalten, machen aber dennoch die Figuren auf den ersten Blick erkennbar.' - Lena Schubert, tag24.de
EN: 'The theater offers a great set design for Snow White that features screens, mirrors and few props. The costumes are wonderfully minimalist, but still make the characters recognizable at first glance.' -Lena Schubert, tag24.de
DE: 'Den Preis für das knalligste Stück gewinnt aber sicherlich Dustin Klein aus München. Wer hätte je gedacht, dass einmal Frank Sinatras «That’s Life» durch die Burg von Riom tönen würde. Es war das stimmige Finale einer aufgedrehten Gameshow im Stil der Achtzigerjahre… Ein Spass auf ganz hohem Niveau mit genialen Kostümen aus der Hand seiner Frau Louise Flanagan.’
EN: 'The prize for the flashiest piece certainly goes to Dustin Klein from Munich. Who would ever have thought that one day Frank Sinatra’s ’That’s life’ would sound through Riom castle. It was the coherent finale to a fired up, eighties style game show. High calibre fun with ingenious costumes created by his wife, Louise Flanagan."
Psychomachia Origen Festival Cultural
Ruth Spitzenpfeil, Bündner Zeitung Südostschweiz
DE: 'Inszeniert hat es Sam Brown, die Bühne baute Bengt Gomér, die opulenten Kostüme entwarf Louise Flanagan...Dazu schnurrt eine effektvolle Inszenierung ab, die mit Video und durchscheinendem Plexiglas die illusionistische Aura eines traumverlorenen Monarchen wunderbar einfängt...Und es sieht gut aus.’
Ludwig II - Sehnsucht nach dem Paradies
Egbert Tholl, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Born in England, Louise Flanagan trained as a classical ballet dancer, graduating from the Royal Ballet School in London in 2006. As a student she performed with The Royal Ballet and, from 2006-2008, was a dancer at the Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia.
After two years working full time in a theatre, the focus of her interest moved towards the staging of productions as a costume designer. “I loved the thrill of seeing a new production come together, and seeing how each department - dance, set, costume, music and lighting - has to work as one to ensure the show is a success. As a performer, the costumes you wear are crucial in helping you get into character, and should enhance the choreography whilst emphasising the physique of the dancers.”
Louise went on to attain a BA (Hons) first-class in Dance and Performance Costumes from Middlesex University and completed a professional dressmaking apprenticeship at the Berufsschule für Bekleidung in Munich, Germany before working as a costume maker on many high profile films, musicals and operas in the UK.
Since 2013, Louise has been working as a costume designer for dance and opera, collaborating with amongst others, the choreographers and directors Dustin Klein, Terence Kohler, Sam Brown, Yuki Mori, Fabien Prioville, Andreas Heise, Peter Leung, Dimo Kirilov Milev, Kinsun Chan, Lillian Stillwell, Paloma Muñoz, Andrew McNicol and Mauro Astolfi for theatres including the Bavarian State Ballet, Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf, Tulsa Ballet, Stanislavsky Ballet Moscow, Theater Regensburg, Vanemuine Theatre, Oper Graz, Theater St. Gallen, Theater Münster and Origen Festival Cultural.
She has recently assisted the designer Emma Ryott at Ballett Zürich and Staatsballett Berlin. In 2021, she worked alongside Ryott on Christian Spuck's Orlando and Yuri Possokhov's The Seagull both for the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
Productions in 2022-23 have included new works for Theater St Gallen with Kinsun Chan, Mauro Astolfi and Francesca Frassinelli; for Theater Münster with Lillian Stillwell and Paloma Muñoz; for the McNicol Ballet Collective in London and two new productions with Dustin Klein for the JK TYL Theatre, Czech Republic.
In the summer of 2023 Louise returned to the Origen Festival in Switzerland to work with choreographer Dustin Klein on his latest work, Tempo Rubato. She is also currently creasting the costumes for a new full-evening Snow White by choreographer Jörg Mannes which will premiere in Magdeburg, Gemany in September, 2023 and collaborating with choreographer Mauro Astolfi on a new creation, Supermodified, for Augsburg Ballett to premiere in January, 2024.
With the aim of implementing more environmentally-sustainable and ethical practices into her work as a costume designer, in 2022 she received a grant from the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media to embark on a research project to create a catalogue of more sustainably produced fabrics suitable for theatre productions. By sharing this resource with other designers, costume departments and theatre and dance professionals, her hope is to make it easier to effectively and efficiently source more sustainably-produced fabrics, and be a small step towards reducing the environmental footprint of new productions. The PDF catalogue is available as a free download on her website.