Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ubu and the avant-garde
by Cleveland-Davey, Amanda, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 10; 1592521
Abstract (Summary)

This project report reviews the costume design for California State University's production of Ubu the Shit!. This examination will focus on the development of an aesthetic through research into artistic movements such as Surrealism, Dadaism, and Expressionism. Further, it will assess the collaborative experience born of this aesthetic and the overall efficacy of the resulting costume design, in specific, and production, in general. Foremost is a descriptive, historical analysis of the original play from which Ubu the Shit! was adapted, Alfred Jarry's controversial, late-1800's play, Ubu Roi. It will analyze the source material's social motivations, deliberate its historical importance, enumerate the cultural changes it influenced and attempt to quantify its value for a modern audience. In so doing, it will address the ways in which the costume design for this irreverent improvisation on the original succeeded in communicating a distinct aesthetic, while seeking to remain true to the original vision of Ubu Roi.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Nancy Jo
Commitee: D'Zmura, Anne, Korogodsky, Danila, Nathan, Josh
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Theater
Keywords: Absurdism, California repertory company, Costume, Costume design, Jarry, Aafred, Ubu roi
Publication Number: 1592521
ISBN: 9781321877649
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