Lorraine Smith (Other), Daphne Karstens (Designer)

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Dance artist Lorraine Smith and Dutch costume designer Daphne Karstens completed an experimental costume intensive in Amsterdam that explored the concept ‘the material directs’ using different man-made materials (i.e. non-traditional costume materials) on the moving body. The collaborators set themselves the challenge to create a piece of wearable sculpture (costume) every day over 5 days.

Working with materials including bottle caps, mannequin arms and hands, plastic cups, cardboard etc., the artists allowed the materials to direct the design process and movement studies, leading to the creation of 4 distinct outputs. Moving forward the artists hope to explore developments in the experimental designs and future creative opportunities for costume performance.

This project raised new questions regarding the concept of agency through engagement with costume performance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2019

Bibliographical note

Lorraine Smith is a dance artist based in the North East, where she is currently working as course leader in BA Performing Arts at Teesside University. Lorraine was the artistic director/choreographer of Silversmith Dance Theatre (2006–14) and a member of UK Arab dance troupe Al Zaytouna (2007–14), touring contemporary productions in the United Kingdom and internationally. Her main passion is devising dance theatre and costume performance. Lorraine graduated from the University College Chichester with a first-class degree in dance studies and holds an MA in choreography from Trinity Laban and a PGCHE (HEA Fellowship) from Teesside University.

Daphne Karstens (NL), combines sculpture and costume to create experimental performance, films and wearable art, using unconventional materials to experiment with shape and structure. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with costume performance piece PING winning the Silver Award in Costume Design at the World Stage Design 2017. Daphne is currently creating costume for a children’s theatre version of Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet.

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