Toots Zynsky and Beth Bentley on costumes for Orchis

The Orchid form is central to the world-premiere ballet Orchis. Every element of the production, from the lighting to the choreography, has been inspired by photographs of these graceful flowers by A. Cemal Ekin. World-renowned artist and RISD alumna (BFA, 1973) Toots Zynsky has designed the costumes for Orchis, in collaboration with current RISD professor Beth Bentley who is constructing Zynsky’s designs. Zynsky and Bentley have been working together for months creating unique fabrics intended to imitate and capture the texture of the orchids. Creating ballet costumes presents unique challenges as well as many new opportunities for the designers.

Hear the discussion from Zynsky and Bentley in the video below:



There are only 3 days until AGON & ORCHIS opens. For tickets or more information click here.

We are pleased to invite our opening night patrons to a reception in The Vets mezzanine immediately following the Friday, March 8 performance. Guests will have the chance to meet all of the AGON & ORCHIS collaborators as well as the FBP company. To register for the reception, click here.


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