MIRIAM GURETZKI, ANNA GISLE & ANAT MESNER
Ethical Thinking Through Costume Design
A costume designer can be an initiator, not only of the visual vocabulary of a performance, but also of the narrative and ethical aspects of a complete work.
A creative project has been conducted by these three designers and researchers, alongside students of Tel Aviv University, exploring storytelling and critical thinking expressed by costumes.
Each costume design student created an adaptation of the Medieval play Everyman, based on his own ideas and ethics. This paper shares the results of that project and our insights and conclusions.
Miriam Guretzki Bilu was born in Poland and currently lives in Israel. Miriam studied painting with professor Josef Shwarzmann of the Berlin Academy and stage and costume design with professor Lidia Pincus Gany at Tel Aviv University. Miriam designed for approximately 120 productions in Israeli theatres and around the world.
Teaching since 1980, Miriam has led the design studies program since 1990. As a full professor, Miriam contributes to the Academy in different positions. Five years ago Miriam established a new Honor Roll B.A. and M.A programs for stage, costume, lighting, film and television design in Tel Aviv University.
Anat Mesnr is a set & costume designer with a B.A. Hon. degree from the Central School of Art & Design London. Mesner has designed over two hundred sets & costumes for plays and productions at most of the repertoire and children’s theaters in Israel, in addition to art for television, and costumes for several feature films. Anat has won several design prizes from theatre festivals, and curated the Israeli exposition at the PQ 2015 2019. Anat has taught set and costume design for more than 26 years and works intensively with youth & children. Anat heads the Society of Israeli Theatre Designers.
Anna Gisle, scenographer. Place of birth: Stockholm, Sweden. Education: Akademie fur Bildende Kunste, Vienna and Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. Stage and costume design in opera, ballet, musical for The Royal Opera and the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Stockholms Stadsteater and various other theatres in Sweden, including the Gothenburg Opera and the Malmo Municipal Theatre. Also stage and costume design for Nationalteatret, Den Norske Opera, Nasjonale Scene i Bergen and many other theatres in Norway. Teaching positions: Head of Stage Design department at Folkuniversitetet (2000- 2010) and courses in Scenography at the Tel Aviv University.