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
‘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).
‘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).