Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Homeless but sensual: Creating a world of gypsy fantasy for "Blind Mouth Singing"
by Knowles, Megan D., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 10; 1569992
Abstract (Summary)

With research focusing on the style of dress for travelling gypsies, the costume design for Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas' Blind Mouth Singing gave the illusion of a timeless land long forgotten with people who looked as weathered as their surroundings. Taking inspiration from both manmade and natural elements found on a beach, as well as the layered gypsy aesthetic, each character was designed to evoke the spirit he or she embodied. Utilizing unconventional materials and techniques to create these costumes was key in the visual storytelling, as well as staying away from clichés in silhouette and style. With collaboration between scenic, lighting, hair, and makeup design, our production of Blind Mouth Singing was successful in portraying this show rooted in realism yet sprinkled with magic.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Nancy Jo
Commitee: Jacques, David Martin, Nathan, Joshua
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Theater
Keywords: Blind, Costume, Design, Mouth, Singing, Theatre
Publication Number: 1569992
ISBN: 9781321377439
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