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Chelsea Cafe Project: Display #3 drawings by Katie Elliott

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.

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