Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Brutal, Provocative, and Catastrophic: Experiencing the World of Violent Hyposcrisy in Cabaret
by Park, Joohyun Lee, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 15; 27961644
Abstract (Summary)

The costume design for the 2019 Cal Rep production of Cabaret objectively represented the victims of social oppression under National Socialism in The Weimar era of Germany (1919-1933) characterized by satirical realism combined with a cynical, and socially critical perspective. The boarding house was depicted as an inevitable harsh reality, while the Kit Kat Klub was a place to escape from that reality. For this reason, the costumes in the boarding house were designed to be guarded and reserved to represent the ordinary people who could not help but allow the Nazis to take power, while the costumes for the Emcee and the dancers in the Kit Kat Klub express their desires freely especially for different sexualities. With this concept, the costume designs for the dancers were expressed by feminine looks for female and male dancers as well as masculine looks for female and male dancers. To portray the hardship and other aspects of reality which could not be escaped, even within the Kit Kat Klub, the dancers’ costumes were distressed and muted in their colors. The costume design contributed to showcase people’s lives in Weimar Germany by featuring brutal, seedy, and provocative elements providing an opportunity for the audience to reflect upon violent political oppression in their own lives.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Nancy Jo
Commitee: Goodspeed, Joan, Nathan, Josh
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater, Design
Keywords: Cabaret, Costume Design, Production Costume
Publication Number: 27961644
ISBN: 9798684688782
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