DAPHNE KARSTENS

Costume Design for Performance

BROEDPLAATS LELY AMSTERDAM

daphnekarstens@hotmail.com

www.daphnekarstens.com

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'PING'

 

The performance is inspired by Samuel Beckett’s piece of prose ‘Ping’ (1966). Near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences are the main inspiration for the performance and the costume. The performance visualizes the struggle of a person submerged in an unknown and ephemeral world, exploring the relation between the physical body and out-of-body ‘spiritual body’. The spiritual body is ephemeral; it might only exist for the briefest of moments.

 

The outside layer is a sculptural shape inspired by the human body, restricting the movement of the performer. The inside layer is an abstraction of the human body with a smoke system integrated. The smoke machine gives the possibility to experiment with the visibility and invisibility of a second (ephemeral) body and suggests an extension of the body while incorporating the space on stage.

My role: Concept / Costume Designer / Maker

Genre: Performance / Exhibition

Premiere: December 2014, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio, London

Choreographer: Angela Woodhouse

Performer: Lorraine Smith

Photographer: Alex Traylen

Light Designer: Neil Brinkworth

Sound Designer: Nik Kennedy

Make-up and hair: Goshka Topolska

Video production: Alex Marshall / Ash Tailor / Phil Petrides / Nicolas Sergeant

Exhibited at: 

  • ‘LCF MA 2015’ exhibition in London. 

  • 'CONFLUX' exhibition in London (2015).

  • ‘Critical Costume 2015’ exhibition in Helsinki. 

  • ‘Evolving Design for Performance’ exhibition at the ‘National Centre for Performing Arts’ in Beijing and at the ‘Mingyuan Contemporary Art Museum’ in Shanghai (2016).

  • 'World Stage Design' exhibition in Taipei (2017).

Prizes/Awards:

  • ‘Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust Prize’ at the 'CONFLUX' exhibition in London (2015).

  • Silver Award in Costume Design (Emerging Designer) at 'World Stage Design' in Taipei (2017).