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Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2052-4013
  • E-ISSN: 2052-4021

Abstract

This research report presents an emergent methodological framework for devising costume performance that offers best practice to the collaborating designer, choreographer and performer. Two distinct practical research case studies, costume performance project (2016) and costume research project , are examined to answer the question: what is an effective working methodology for designing and devising costume performance that creates a synergy between costume/materials and the moving body, and consequently design and choreography? The case study research methods include practical experimentation and devising leading to performances, and experiential findings. Research outcomes are contextualized in relation to Tim Ingold’s theories of (active) materials, Jane Bennett’s concept of assemblages, collaborative devising processes used in dance making, embodiment and somatics and intentionality and authorship in collective making. This investigation is predominantly discussed from the perspective of the experienced and experiential costume performer – choreographer: the ‘embodied subject’ who merges with the costume/materials bringing a unique analysis to the costume and performance research field that is significant to designers, performers, performance makers and scholars. The findings of this report offer practitioners a framework to develop an impactful working approach for the devising of costume performance, as well as other performance where costume is (or could be) an integral part of the work.

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