Chelsea Cafe Project
Display #3: Drawing Costumed Bodies in the Tanztheater Wuppertal
by Katie Elliott
In the performance discourse of the Tanztheater Wuppertal the costumed bodies are a vital component of meaning, yet they remain over-looked in current research. I use drawing as one method, alongside Patrice Pavis’s semiotic theory and my own costume practice to examine these costumed dancers as experienced in live performances and DVD recordings. For me, the process of drawing invites personal observations and interpretations on the performers. Most importantly, they produces visible outcomes that can then feed back into the research by informing the direction of my costume practice. The selected works exhibited at the Cafe were drawn during rehearsals of the Tanztheater dancers at Sadler’s Wells in February 2013.
About the artist
Katie Elliott is a full-time 1st year PhD student studying at CCW Graduate School. Her AHRC funded practice-led research examines the signification of costumed bodies in the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Katie holds an MRes: Arts Practice (AHRC, Distinction) from Chelsea College of Art and a 1st Class (Hons) BA Theatre Design: Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art. In the early stages of her doctoral study Katie has been able to disseminate her drawings to a critical audience. In March 2013 she presented her work in the exhibition VisUAL RESEARCH in The Triangle Space at Chelsea College of Art and had a piece of writing accepted for publication in the vibrant new student-led UAL Journal of Academic Writing (JAWs). Katie has recently been invited to present a paper on the research drawings on display here at the upcoming 4th Global Conference: Visual Aspects of Performance Practice due to take place 17-19th September 2013.
About the project
The Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Art and Design. These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines. The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.
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