Unraveling Traces of Tissues

Charlotte Østergaard, Sally E. Dean

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Unraveling Traces of Tissues is a video that documents the impact of costume on performers through recorded interviews and video footage from the Traces of Tissues rehearsal process — emphasizing both collective and individual experiences. The documentation culminates with an excerpt from the final performance. Traces of Tissues is a site-specific costume requiem for those living in the liminal space — a place in between. Interweaving costume design, somatic choreography and site, this performance honours the present plight of the refugee. Traces of Tissues premiered at the Prague Quadrennial, 2019.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 21
EventCostume Agency : Critical Costume Conference 2020 - Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 2020 Aug 212020 Aug 23


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Bibliographical note

Traces of Tissues is created by BETWIXT in collaboration with the performers Chrysanthi Avloniti (GR/UK), Daniel Jeremiah Persson (SE) , Robert Williams (UK), Eeva-Maria Mutka (FIN/UK), Poh-Eng San (UK) and Julie Nathanielsz (USA).

BETWIXT is an international interdisciplinary collaborative duo consisting of visual artist/ costume designer Charlotte Østergaard (DK) and somatic dance/theatre artist Sally E. Dean (NO/USA/UK). Together they aim to create a total work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk) where the costume, choreographic material and site co-create each other. How does the costume move/form the body and how does the body move/form the costume?
Charlotte and Sally have been professional artists for over 20 years. Both are PhD Research Fellows: Sally at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Charlotte at Malmö Theater Academy/ Lunds University.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Performing Arts

Artistic work

  • Design
  • Performance

Free keywords

  • collaboration
  • Costumed perfomance
  • somatic-costume explorations
  • material-discursive practice
  • co-creative perfomance processes

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