Title

Costume Design for Icarus: A New Noh

Presenter Information

Jessica Pribble

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Central Theatre Ensemble, the producing organization of the Central Washington University Theatre Department, produced Icarus: a New Noh in March of 2012. Icarus is the retelling of the Greek myth of Daedelos and Icarus through the lens of traditional Japanese Theatre. Designing the costumes for this production involved researching the traditions of Ancient Greek and Japanese Theatre to discover the parallels between them. It was my goal with this production to allow the Greek story to influence the aesthetic of the costumes and still present the characters in a distinctly Noh style. Using materials which could be sourced locally whenever possible, we attempted to create a fusion of Noh, Greek and Modern styles to create a cohesive visual production. Because the play is set in modern day, this included creating a Noh style mask and wig from modern materials, blending traditional Japanese and Greek clothing pieces and infusing certain characters with a modern style. Performers in the Noh, have very specific needs which must be met inside of a blended production which include the style of Mask, special foot wear in which they can properly dance, and a specific size and style of Japanese paper fan. The production team included playwrights Elise Forier-Edie and Keven Salfen, Director George Bellah III, Scenic Designer Marc Haniuk, Lighting Designer Christina Barrigan, Costume/Mask Designer Jessica Pribble, Wig and Mask Artisan M. Catherine McMillen, Drapers Jennee Leavitt Megan Hawkins and Brian Johnson.

Poster Number

36

Faculty Mentor(s)

Jessica Pribble

Additional Mentoring Department

Theatre

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Costume Design for Icarus: A New Noh

SURC Ballroom A

Central Theatre Ensemble, the producing organization of the Central Washington University Theatre Department, produced Icarus: a New Noh in March of 2012. Icarus is the retelling of the Greek myth of Daedelos and Icarus through the lens of traditional Japanese Theatre. Designing the costumes for this production involved researching the traditions of Ancient Greek and Japanese Theatre to discover the parallels between them. It was my goal with this production to allow the Greek story to influence the aesthetic of the costumes and still present the characters in a distinctly Noh style. Using materials which could be sourced locally whenever possible, we attempted to create a fusion of Noh, Greek and Modern styles to create a cohesive visual production. Because the play is set in modern day, this included creating a Noh style mask and wig from modern materials, blending traditional Japanese and Greek clothing pieces and infusing certain characters with a modern style. Performers in the Noh, have very specific needs which must be met inside of a blended production which include the style of Mask, special foot wear in which they can properly dance, and a specific size and style of Japanese paper fan. The production team included playwrights Elise Forier-Edie and Keven Salfen, Director George Bellah III, Scenic Designer Marc Haniuk, Lighting Designer Christina Barrigan, Costume/Mask Designer Jessica Pribble, Wig and Mask Artisan M. Catherine McMillen, Drapers Jennee Leavitt Megan Hawkins and Brian Johnson.