Harng Francis Shen, Hsiao - mei Ho: How to Make Dance Costumes from Bamboo

Participants learned how to design costumes for dancers and how to construct costumes with hard materials such as bamboo sticks and branches.

Harng Francis Shen received his MFA degree in costume design from Indiana University in 1994. After graduation he returned to Taiwan where he works as a freelance theater artist. He designs, directs, teaches, writes, and acts in various projects in Taiwan and internationally.  He is working for the World Expo in Shanghai as an Assistant Director for its theme performance, “Window of the City”at the moment.  His recent design works can be seen in Taiwan’s National Theater, Maze’s Guards, 2009.  Shen’s costumes for the dance recital, “Middle” represented Taiwan at Seoul WSD, 2009.  He also directed the children’s shows that toured Taiwan in 2009 and are touring China from March to December, 2010.  His costumes for “Jungle of the City” were selected for display in the Taiwanese Pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial, 2007.  Harng Francis Shen has taught at various universities in Taiwan for more than fifteen years.  He has also presented numerous workshops on various theater related subjects.

Ho, Hsiao-mei received her MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She is a full-time Associate Professor at Taipei National University of the Arts and a curriculum consultant at Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s studio at the moment. In 2005, Ho was invited by  Lo Man-Fei to take over the position of Director at Taipei Crossover Dance Company.  She was invited to present her work “My F” at the Hong Kong Dance Festival in 2006 and “The Covered Picture” at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2001. She was invited back to the US to be the commissioned choreographer at the American Dance Festival in 1995. In addition to being a member of Cloud Gate, Ho has also been invited numerous times to choreograph for Cloud Gate as well, creating pieces such as “Mirage” and “Paper Sky.”  Ho Hsiao-mei’s recent work is inspired by Taiwanese folk culture, exploring the cultural image of the Taiwanese and reflecting on the current social situation, using art as social commentary.

Jana Preková: Creation of the Costume - Phase 1

Body as a public space. Costume is a body. Participants worked with personal bodily experiences and examined bases and sources of the costume's situation. Live music helped participants to stimulate their experience and responde to the specified theme.

Jana Preková is a scenographer, costume designer and professor from the Czech Republic. She is the co-founder and head of the Body Design Department at Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic. She has also led several workshops around Europe and the USA (Amsterdam, Belgium, Sweden, Chicago, etc.). She is a versatile artist with experiences including body art, architecture, costume, scenography, and she also creates work for the film industry.

Sofia Pantouvaki: Your Tradition in My Costume

The subject of this workshop was to create a new costume using non-traditional materials, inspired by local costumes from all over the world.

Sofia Pantouvaki studied Interior Design (BA) and Scenography and specialized in design for opera and ballet at La Scala in Milan; obtained a MA in Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, in collaboration with DAMU, Prague. She was awarded a PhD degree in Scenography by the University of the Arts London. Her studies have been sponsored by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation, EU bursaries, and Megaron – Athens Concert Hall. She has designed over 55 productions in Greece (Greek National Opera, State Theatre of Northern Greece, Athens Festival, Municipal Theatres, dance and theatre groups) and abroad (Milan, London, Cyprus, Helsinki, Edinburgh Fringe). She was awarded for Best Production Design and Best Costumes at the International Short Film Festival in the city of Drama (2005). She has designed and participated in exhibitions, and has long teaching experience and extensive research activity in Europe.


Pirjo Valinen: The Paper Manipulation Costume Workshop

The goal of the workshop was to use paper as the inspiration and material for theatre costumes.

Pirjo Valinen has created costume designs, stage designs, and posters for the Oulu City Theatre since 1975. Valinen has been worked as a costume designer for theatre since 1977.  She has also taught, for example, at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and at the Universities of Oulu and Lapland. Costume Pirjo Valinen is known for her enthusiastic experimentation with new materials and work methods. Along the years, she has developed her own distinctive style, character, and .artistic views. Her special interest has been experimenting with various paper materials. She has created a wide array of work methods aimed at handling paper, and she has succesfully adapted the results of her experiments for theatre costumes, either as a part of the costume design or as a chosen costume material for an entire work.

David Tushingham, Donatella Barbieri: Writing as a Costume: An Adventure

A one-day workshop led by costume designer and researcher Donatella Barbieri and dramaturg and writer David Tushingham focusing on the relationship between dress and language.

David Tushingham is a writer, dramaturg and curator. He has collaborated with exceptional artists from almost all performance disciplines. He has programmed and commissioned new works for numerous international festivals including Wiener Festwochen, Theater der Welt, RuhrTriennale, and the extensive interdisciplinary performing arts programme of Linz09 European Capital of Culture. His books on performance include ‘Food For The Soul’, ‘Freedom Machine’ and ‘My Perfect Theatre’ and he is the author of numerous translations, articles and other writings.  He was a platform speaker at PQ’s Intersection Symposium in Riga 2010 and is an associate lecturer at the London College of Fashion.

Donatella Barbieri is a scenographer, performance maker and researcher. Her new position as joint London College of Fashion and Victoria and Albert Museum Research Fellow in Design for Performance, with particular focus on costume, is enabling her to create a film about the archive and the interaction with the practitioner/artist.  In her work in education she has pioneered methodogies of research and performance creation around dress, movement and space.  As well as a continuing design practice, her research work has included the production of costume-led performance, development of international projects, networks and academic papers around with a particular focus on costume and its embedded performative powers.

Kazue Hatano: Creation of Ecological Costumes for the Performer with the Artistic Link

The goal of the workshop was to make the creative artists’ link between set and costume designers and Japanese calligraphers.

Kazue Hatano is one of Japan’s most sought after set and costume designers. In 1991, Kazue founded the Society of Japanese Theatre Designers, and in 2006, she founded PaCPA (Pacific Creators for the Performing Arts) company. During her career Kazue has led several workshops about costume design - for example in Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2006, Prague Czech Republic in 2007, Sibiu, Romania in 2009, and Istanbul, Turkey in 2010. Besides her theatre commitments, Kazue has also taught at the Faculty of Filming and Theatre of Tama Art University, and the Faculty of Theatre and Drama at Nippon University.  

Georg Meyer-Wiel: Paper, Paints and Pins

The philosophy of the workshop was the exploration of concepts around the body and performance through drawing, music, and costume creation.

Georg Meyer-Wiel has studied Communication Design at Folkwang in Essen, Germany with the specialization in Fine Art Painting and Calligraphy . Gerorg also has his Masters degree in Fashion Design from the Royal College of Art in London. Whilst selling one-off garments in London stores, he began teaching at the London College of Fashion and other faculties. Georg has designed several small fashion brands and has worked with Select NY on projects for Swarovski and Artistry. He has been lecturing at the American Intercontinental University for last five years and has been conducting workshops at the British Museum. Georg has become an internationally respected costume designer for contemporary dance, and has also developed conceptual wardrobe designs for film. Amongst his clients are Rambert Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet national de l’Opéra du Rhin and the Australian Dance Theatre.
Georg has worked continuously as an artist and has won numerous awards for his work with subsequent exhibitions, such as the Lonely Planet photography price and the honorary Trailblazer Award by the Campaign for Drawing.
Major shows have taken place at Hockney Gallery London, Henry Moore Gallery London, Michael Commerford Gallery Sydney and the Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany.

Mariaelena Roque: Live Costume, Centre Drama in 21st Century

Participants exercised how to get their own perception of body shape and examined its transformation possibilities.

Mariaelena Roqué is a Venezuelan iconoclast artist, costume and character creator, scenographer, author, model, dancer, and visual arts performer. Since 1968, she has collaborated with different artists & companies in these disciplines: music, dance, cinema, photography, fashion, sculpture, and painting. Mariaelena found focus as a costume designer in 1980. Along with Carles Santos, in 1985 she founded  the “Companyia Carles Santos” for performing arts in Barcelona .


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