The costume design for the physical theatre piece Elements uses juxtaposition of the ‘human’ clothing with that of the natural ‘elements’ to reinforce the premise of an empty, mechanical world where the void echoes with meaningless routine and two people perform the motions of life without noticing one another until nature interferes. The constructed world is a normal, everyday human existence, and the crisp, tidy office wear worn by the two ‘human’ characters, Sally and Avi, reflects this. In contrast, the costumes for the ensemble representing the elements of air, earth, fire, and water are approached from a figurative perspective, playing with texture achieved through Shibori dyeing techniques to give each actor characteristics of more than one natural element at a time. The tension between the cardboard-cutout world of the humans and the natural world is visually reflected through textural contrasts and asymmetrical silhouettes.
|Advisor:||Smith, Nancy Jo|
|Commitee:||Jacques, David M., Korogodsky, Danila|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Design, Theater, Textile Research|
|Keywords:||Costume, Design, Dye, Movement, Shibori, Theatre|
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