Listening through and with Costume

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In performance contexts, costume is often perceived as visual expression that is in service of, for example, a choreographer’s vision. I argue that costume is also an aesthetic and poetic language in its own right that allows individuals such as performers and designers to co-conceptualize and co-create performances. In co-creative performance-making processes, I argue that it is critical that designers open-mindedly listen to performers’ experiences of specific costumes and that we (designers and performer) through listening co-creatively explore potentialities and challenges that are embedded in a specific costume. In the co-creative process, we must pay attention and listen carefully to how a specific costume affects specific performers in order to explore the ‘hidden’ performative potentialities and qualities that are imbedded in a specific costume. In this article I will unfold aspects of how listening through and with costume can become a performance- making strategy and unpack details of what listening through and with the costume imply.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-99
Number of pages9
JournalNordic Journal of Dance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Performing Arts

Free keywords

  • Costume design
  • material thinking
  • co-creation
  • costume thinking
  • Dance
  • movement
  • material movement
  • Costumed perfomance


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