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WSD2017|La Traviata
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.


Professional Designers

United States of America

Linda Pisano

La Traviata

Selected Category: Costume Design

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

The director shared his vision of focusing on "Violetta's personal story of love" and exploring the "male-dominated world that confines courtesans." This approach continues to be both poignant and relevant throughout the world. The artistic team began exploring butterflies and their glass display boxes as visual metaphors in the storytelling. The costumes, loosely based on a late nineteenth-century silhouette, are in fabrics evocative of butterflies while jewelry, beading and buttons are of glass and metals. Costume research included a broad range of imagery including microscopic photography of butterfly wings which informed the texture of much of the fabric choices. Ghostly figures of eighteenth-century courtesans were added to facilitate on-stage changes and provide a kinetic motion to assist in moving the story. These ghosts allow us to see Violetta continually morph to meet the expectations of those who capture her and ultimately lead to her death.

Linda Pisano

Professor of Costume Design & Head of Design & Technology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Linda has designed for ballet, opera and theatre throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. She directs a costume history study abroad program in London and heads the graduate studies in design. Linda’s work includes world premier operas of Vincent by composer Bernard Rands and The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh P.Q. Phan. World premier ballets with the BalletMet include Aladdin, Dracula and Alice in Wonderland to name a few. Her work has previously been featured in the Prague Quadrennial, WSD 2005 and Costume Design at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015. Linda is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Email Address: Lpisano@indiana.edu

Theatre Company Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Opera Theatre

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-04-11

The Premiere Space of Production Indiana University's Musical Arts Center

Author Giuseppe Verdi

Director/ Choreographer Jeffrey Buchman

Set Designer Cameron Anderson

Lighting Designer Patrick Mero

Costume Designer Linda Pisano

Sound Designer None

Other Creative Collaborator/s CONDUCTOR: Joseph Rescigno