'The Humans'

Costume Designer


A collaboration with artist and writer Alexandre Singh. Produced by Witte de Withe Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam and presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York as part of Performa Festival 2013. Shown as part of Festival D’Avignon summer 2014. An exhibition of this project was shown at Sprueth Magers gallery in London, 2014.


Written & Directed by Alexandre Singh
Set designed by Alexandre Singh & Jessica Tankard
Lighting designed by Guus Van Gaffe
Music composed by Gerry Arling, Touki Delphine (Rik Elstgeest and Bo Koek)


“The Humans looks terrific. From Singh and Jessica Tankard’s cartoon-like set design to Holly Waddington’s costumes — which make very clear nods to classical Greek sculpture, Renaissance-era Flemish painting, and classic Broadway baroque — the production mines art history with great success to create an eclectically stylized yet coherent combination of styles.”

(Blouin Art Info, Benjamin Sutton)


“Donning grotesque masks evocative of James Ensor or Otto Dix paintings, the humans fumble their way through the Enlightenment, goaded on by the tyrannical Vernon (Ryan Kiggell). What follows is a tender vision of ugly, idiot humanity.”

(Art in America, William S Smith)