DAPHNE KARSTENS

Costume Design for Performance

BROEDPLAATS LELY AMSTERDAM

daphnekarstens@hotmail.com

www.daphnekarstens.com

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'PING' AT CONFLUX

 

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

Exhibition & Performance:  10-16 July 2015, The Electrician’s Shop, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, UK.

Choreographer: Angela Woodhouse

Performer: Lorraine Smith

Photographer: Agnes Treplin

Sound Designer: Nik Kennedy

This performance has won the ‘Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust Prize’ at this exhibition.

For more information about the 'PING' performance please visit this page.