The Costumographer: A tool for embodied practice

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    Due to a lack of real costume experiences in dance and drama education, costume is an under-utilised resource that can encourage students into embodied experiences of moving, performing and making. In this presentation dance artist and educator Lorraine Smith will chronicle her personal journey into the world of costume, and reflect on the impact this art form has had on her choreographic and performance practice. With a starting point of performer embodiment, this presentation will explore the impact costume can have on the understanding and implementation of the moving and performing body. The complex and interconnected relationship between designer, costume, performer and choreographer will be examined, demonstrating that costume is not merely a ‘decorative’ addition to a performance, but an essential element for both performer and audience engagement in a ‘total theatre’ experience. Discussing her choreographic work and most recent collaborative costume performance project Elizabeth & the Three Sisters, Lorraine will conclude by proposing the term ‘Costumographer’ as a new definition for choreographers and performers working with costume as starting point and principal focus of the performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2018
    EventEmbodied Practice and Performance in the Arts - Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, United Kingdom
    Duration: 5 Apr 20186 Apr 2018


    ConferenceEmbodied Practice and Performance in the Arts
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

    Bibliographical note

    Conference presentation.
    Embodied Practice and Performance in the Arts was a two day interdisciplinary conference exploring embodiment across arts research, practice and performance. This conference was organised by members of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
    This conference offered opportunities to examine the body in arts and the art of the body. Discussions highlighted contexts, complexities and contradictions in the ways in which bodies are viewed and valued. Central are body(ies) as paramount in creating and experiencing the arts, as biological, phenomenological, sociological, pedagogical and philosophical.
    Keynote speakers included Dr Angela Pickard ‘Embodied Identity(ies)’ (Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience in the School of Music and Performing Arts and Subject Lead for Dance Drama and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Artistic Director and choreographer of Canterbury Dance Company) Russell Maliphant ‘Bodywork’(renowned British choreographer and Artistic Director of the Russell Maliphant Company) and Gaby Allard ‘Circle of Guides’ (Director of the ArtEZ School of Dance).


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