Updated: 6:51 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
A Sunday Chat with Lowell Mathwich
This is part of an ongoing series of visits we make to those who are making an impact in the arts community throughout the region.
How To Go
What: “Cinderella,” a full-length story ballet presented by the Dayton Ballet
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
Where: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton
Tickets: From $20 to $70, available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonballet.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at box office.
Extra: Artistic director Karen Russo Burke and three dancers will conduct a post-performance Q & A after each performance.
A Cinderella Tea will be held Saturday, February 9, immediately following the matinee performance. Guests will have a photo taken with Prince Charming and will receive a keepsake from the day. Tickets are $15 for children and $10 for adults and are also available at Ticket Center Stage or online at www.daytonballet.org/events. The tea is sponsored by the Soin Family.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY…
“Lowell is very good at what he does and sets very high standards both for himself and for those with whom he works. He’s been designing and constructing costumes for dance and theater for over 30 years. Most people like that are perfectionists and require a lot. Thank goodness I can’t sew! Working with Lowell outside of the costume shop is very rewarding. He has very good ideas both artistically and administratively, but is never disappointed if his ideas aren’t used. He’s always thinking.
Lowell knows fabric. He knows dance/movement. He knows how to construct complex costumes just from looking at pictures. He has an excellent sense for color. The combination of two of these traits is rare. To have them all in one person is truly unique and Dayton is very, very fortunate to have had Lowell designing and living in Dayton for so long. True, he has had many exciting opportunities to create costumes for brand new ballets, but being the wardrobe supervisor for a ballet company also includes washing a lot of tights, ordering tens of thousands of dollars — worth of pointe and ballet shoes and, let’s not forget the paperwork. Oh, and he’s still performing, most recently as Uncle Drosselmeyer in “The Nutcracker.” Lowell is a true Renaissance man if ever there was one, and I feel very fortunate to have him as a colleague and as a friend.
— Kathy Reed, Chief Operating Officer, DPAA and former Dayton Ballet executive director
“Lowell is good at what he does because he was a dancer, so naturally a perfectionist!!
When working with Lowell, it is so interesting because he brings new ideas to the table that get you brainstorming and thinking outside of the box.”
— Karen Russo Burke, Artistic Director, Dayton Ballet
“As a young dancer growing up at Dayton Ballet, I had no idea how privileged I was to wear Lowell’s costumes. Having worn some of the most beautifully constructed costumes as a dancer with The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, I am still in awe of Lowell’s talent. His costumes look amazing on stage because each design tells a story and is beautiful in its own right. Having been a dancer himself, he knows precisely how to make us feel glamorous AND comfortable!”
— Jennifer Sydor, Dancer
LOWELL MATHWICH: A BRIEF BIO
Lowell A. Mathwich, resident costume designer for the Dayton Ballet, has designed everything from classical tutus to baseball uniforms.
His body of design work encompasses over 95 ballet productions, and he has also worked for Dayton Opera, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the Human Race Theatre Company.
Mathwich has received a DayTony Award of Merit for Costume Design and in 2004 was awarded a Master Performing Artist Fellowship in costume design for dance, funded by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District.
Prior to his career in costume design, he enjoyed a 15-year career as a dancer.
SOURCE: The Dayton Ballet