Actor – Costume Relationship: Costumes as Live Scenery on Stage?


What is costume? Is it just a cover of the actor's body that reflects already known artistic functions of the costume on stage? Is it possible to add another function to the costume to the extent that it becomes indispensable? Material (fabric), body of the actor, design, gestures, silhouette, and movements can all be part of designing scenery on stage. Although costumes play a great role on stage, we sometimes consider them to be a complimentary element in the scene. But what if we used performers with their costumes to create the environments in which the events of the play take place and as part of the scene structure? The performer and his costume is the scene itself. 2D and 3D solid elements are now transformed into vivid, moving and live scenery / objects. Performer and his costume build the scene. How does the audience perceive this relationship / dialogue between performers and their costumes that form the stage design?

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Amani Amin Rida, Alexandria University, Egypt

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Conference: ACAH2015
Stream: Arts - Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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