1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
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Exhibition

Professional Designers

Taiwan

Yu Shen Li

Hamlet

Selected Category: Costume Design

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

" Denmark’s a prison. " From Hamlet's point of view, I knitted these elements of madness and psychopathology in the design concept. Massive leather strings are bounded into the shape of an armor, which reflected the tension and suspicion of Hamlet. Leather is used as the main material of work and was decorated with leather carvings.
It presents a splendid visual effect but in fact serves as a treating instrument for Hamlet's mental illness. The oppressive and uncomfortable feelings are featured in the design to describe the character’s change in mentality.
I also embedded fetishism as a hidden element which shows that the characters are emotionally tangled through the harm they gave to each other and yet hankered for each other.

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Yu Shen Li

Born in 1983 in Taipei, I started my creations of costume design in theatrical performing art in 2003. My fundamental training comes from two parts: Classic art painting that I learnt in school and costume production and tailoring that I've acquired from my parents' work. Both my parents are custom-made couturiers.
My earliest practice on dimensional structure is paper carving. I realized the concept of paper carving into dimensional tailoring; furthermore, I love to experiment with all kind of texture which is different from fabric, especially with modern-life waste which we can hardly associate with costume materials, such as plastic bags, PET bottles and scrap metal. The theater stage is the best field to conduct the experiment.
I'd like to focus on atypical issues such as the beauty in ugliness, the left conscience of a sinner, the dirty hidden secret in a saint's heart, etc. Reinterpreting the "viewing vulgar as elegance" aesthetics in the general definition of beauty is what I’m striving for.
Major cooperative troupe:Tainaner Ensemble, Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company, M.O.V.E Theatre, EX-Theatre Asia.

Email Address: stormslop@hotmail.com

Theatre Company Tainaner Ensemble

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-04-18

The Premiere Space of Production Taipei Wellspring Theater

Author William Shakespeare

Director/ Choreographer PO SHEN LU

Set Designer PO LIN LI

Lighting Designer LISA HSU

Costume Designer YU SHEN LI

Sound Designer ANNIE LUO

Projection and Multi-Media Designer JHENG YUAN WANG