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COSTUME IN PERFORMANCE: MATERIALITY, CULTURE AND THE BODY. Donatella Barbieri. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2017. 320 pp. with 200 col. ills. 24 x 18 cm. ISBN 9781474236874 In English.
Due date: March 2017. Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 174370. Publisher's description: This beautifully illustrated book conveys the centrality of costume to live performance. Finding associations between contemporary practices and historical manifestations, costume is explored in six thematic chapters, examining the transformative ritual of costuming; choruses as reflective of society; the grotesque, transgressive costume; the female sublime as emancipation; costume as sculptural art in motion; and the here-and-now as history. Viewing the material costume as a crucial aspect in the preparation, presentation and reception of live performance, the book brings together costumed performances through history. These range from ancient Greece to modern experimental productions, from medieval theatre to modernist dance, from the 'fashion plays' to contemporary Shakespeare, marking developments in both culture and performance. Revealing the relationship between dress, the body and human existence, and acknowledging a global as well as an Anglo and Eurocentric perspective, this book shows costume's ability to cross both geographical and disciplinary borders.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174369
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