Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Textural juxtaposition: Representing the natural and the human in Elements
by McGaughey, Kathryn M., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 13; 10258312
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Nancy Jo
Commitee: Jacques, David M., Korogodsky, Danila
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
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
Publication Number: 10258312
ISBN: 9781369685237
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