Categoria: live performances

I Pagliacci

PROJECT DETAILS

I Pagliacci

2014

Opera by R. Leoncavallo

 

Costumes and set design proposal:

Ilaria Mosca

This reinterpretation of Leoncavallo’s work aims to attract young audiences to opera and draws inspiration from comics (Sin City) for the style and dark atmosphere, and the choice of using almost only red/black/white/gray. The clown protagonist is inspired by famous clown villains such as Joker or It-Pennywise, and the story is set in an undefined time ans space. The protagonists are a group of touring actors. In the second act, they “dress up” to go on stage, where we assist to a metatheatrical scene.

Costumes for the chorus and exstras: the chorus (children, women, men) play the people who whatch the  actors’ show and is in tones of grey, to appear like an undefined background.  The estras are mimo, wear black and white clothes with geometrical motifs and represent jugglers and waders.

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

PROJECT DETAILS

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

2015

Musical

Director: Bruno Di Palo

Costumes and Props: Ilaria Mosca

Design, organisation and making of costumes for this reiterpretation of the musical, fused with the Disney cartoon and with the add of new characters such as th Gargoyles and griots. 

Some of the costumes were made from scratch, other were the result of changes to existing souced items, through the phases of dyeing, bleaching and breakdown.

Costumes for the dancers, the nomad people: for the first act, the costumes are made up of sourced clothes, that have been broken down, dyed and bleached to have an used look. In the second act, when they are prisoners, the nomads wear plain white long shirts, while other dancers, the police, wear black and a headpiece. The Gargoyles, instead, wear long white tunics with tromphe l’oeil designs, as well as their make up, to look like the famous statues.

 

The Emperor’s New Clothes​

PROJECT DETAILS

The Emperor's New Clothes 2017

Live performance proposal

Concept, direction and costume design 

Ilaria Mosca

Dystopic contemporary adaptation of Andersen’s fairytale, about the relationship between media and political power, and social media and society. Use of technologic devices on the costume. Creation of digital contents for the devices.

During the performance, there is a costume transformations for The Emperor / Politician: from young ambitious politician, he is “dressed up” by the Spin Doctors with media. Through media he gains more and more power, until the truth about the protagonist is revealed by a Whistleblower, and he is now destroyed by them.

As regards the other characters of the story, we have:                               
 _The Spin Doctors: half human, half cybernethic beings, are the ones who “dress the Emperor”: they give him power through media, controlled by them.
 _The Mass Media Audience: the people, our society, wearing masks giving the effect their face are melted to their phones.                                   
_The Whistleblower: corresponding to the child in the tale, he is the one that reveals the truth to the mass media audience through a Tweet.

 

Kunka

PROJECT DETAILS

Kunka

from The Excursions of Mr. Brouček to the Moon and to the 15th Century

Live Performance

2016

Director and costume Designer
Ilaria Mosca

Performer: Arya Pegaz

Costume and direction of a live performance based on the storyline of the character from Janacek’s opera. In this 1860s Italy, looking like a Futuristic painting, Kunka is a girl who free herself from the constraints of being a woman (symbolised by the crinoline/cage), and goes to fight for the independence of her country. After her father’s death during this war, she cover herself in pain with a red veil, symbolising the blood versed by the people who fought for the Italian independence, forming the colors of its flag. Transformable costume, consisting of a pleated skirt and a structure attached to the leather corset, with hidden pocket for the red veil.

Costume design for the other characters, in the three different worlds/acts:  the present (Italy 1920s), squared and grey as the Fascist architecture of that period; the Moon, populated by odd robotics people; the past (Italy 1860s), seen as a painting made by Futurism artists.