One of my most significant costume work is L’Eveil, a costume-led performance that pushes the boundaries of costume and grows further the integral role of the costume as the centre of the performance instead of its typically established simple decorative role. Consistently questioning what is socially acceptable, L’Eveil deals with the themes of Growth, Transformation, Beauty and Disfigurement. The costume is created not around a character or an idea but through the relationship between body, material, movement and observer, creating a strong visual dynamic.
The costume is hand dyed using Shibori techniques and entirely made of sustainable hemp fibers and discarded fabric waste supporting an eco-friendly theatre world.
Short-listed for the New Zealander international costume Art competition World of Wearable Art in 2010, Creative Scotland funded L’Eveil to be created as part of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012. It was performed at Glasgow Arches Live and featured at the SBTD UK Design for Performance 2011 – 2015 MAKE:BELIEVE exhibition and in the Blue Pages
Publication in SBTD BluePages ‘Costume as starting point for devising performance‘
Full video on Youtube L’EVEIL (2012) costume-led physical theatre solo live performance
Director & Costume Designer: Mona Kastell
Lighting designer: Alberto Santos Bellido
Sound designer: Guy Veale
Performer: Mazz Marsden
Director consultants: Alex Seed & Alex Rigg
Photography: Anita Barron (Red Retina)