TAINÁ MACÊDO VASCONCELOS
Boundaries of Costume in Brazilian Popular Theatre
It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the relationship between costume in performance and folk costumes. In Brazil, the popular theatre is used to connect references of folk culture and the stage. This influence is reflected in every scenic aspect, from play writing to costumes.
One major theoretical issue that has dominated the field for many years concerns that costume design has the purpose of dress the character, but nowadays it becomes a scenic signifier (PAVIS, 1999). While a variety of definitions of the term costume in performance have been suggested, this study will use the definition suggested by Barbieri (2017) who understand the intersections caused by the liminality applied to the term costume.
The objectives of this research are to discuss the borderlines of the concepts of costume in performance and folk costumes, relating one to each other; and analyze costumes that deal with it.
This paper begins reflecting on the context of Brazilian popular theatre and the relationship with folk costumes in performance. On this way, I propose to observe the costumes of the play “Flor de Macambira”, by the group “SerTão Teatro”, as an example of the intersection between the theater and popular festivities, as this play visually refers to the folk tradition called “Cavalo Marinho”, a popular representation from northeastern Brazil that presents specific plot and characters.
Tainá Macêdo Vasconcelos is a costume designer and teacher, responsible for the scenography and costume design subjects at UNIFAP (Federal University of Amapa) and a costume designer for groups all over the country. Macêdo is a PhD student in Theatre at USP (University of Sao Paulo) and researches the relations between theatre and folk costumes on Brazilian theatre. Macêdo attended the Costume Research Seminar Thinking Costume, held in July 2017 at World Stage Design in Taipei, Taiwan.
Recent publications: Whoever Wants that Tells Another: Connections between costume in performance and folk costume
Behind the scenes I see the world: Scenography, costume, makeup and more – Vol. III.
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Tainá Macêdo Vasconcelos