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WSD2017|The Trojan Women
 
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.

Exhibition

Professional Designers

United States of America

Rebecca Lustig

The Trojan Women

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

We approached the story of the women of Troy by looking to the media’s coverage of women fleeing war, famine, and poverty in our own time around the globe. The director and design team were struck not only by the sadness and loss we saw in the photographs we found, but also by the inherent strength and beauty of the women even in such painful circumstances, and by the vivid (though often worn and dirty) colors of the women’s clothes. This led us to ask, “what if each of these women of Troy were in her most beautiful dress? The dress she had saved and cherished through the harsh 10 years before, put on in celebration the fateful night before our play begins when the Trojans thought the war was finally over?”
Butoh, another artistic response to the horrors of war, inspired our movement and the dresses became a captivating obstacle for the performers. From the couture gown of Hecuba to the yellow vintage party dress of one of the nameless girls of the Chorus, the costumes came to be wearable sculptures symbolizing the hope that had been lost, the power of war to destroy, and the strength of women.

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Rebecca Lustig

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Email Address: rebecca.lustig@gmail.com

Theatre Company James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance

The Premiere Date of Production 2013-10-29

The Premiere Space of Production The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Author Ellen McLaughlin based on the play by Euripides

Director/ Choreographer Ingrid De Sanctis

Set Designer Richard Finkelstein

Lighting Designer Bill Buck

Costume Designer Rebecca Lustig

Sound Designer Russell Williams

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Richard Finkelstein

Other Creative Collaborator/s Choreographer: Julia Vessey
Dramaturg: Zachary Dorsey