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Creativity, Corporeality and Collaboration: Staging Fashion with Giorgio Armani and Robert Wilson
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology and Performance Studies.
Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
2013 (English)In: Studies in Theatre & Performance, ISSN 1468-2761, Vol. 33, no 1, 3-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay analyzes the creative and economic relationship between and the intersections of theatre, performance and fashion by exploring the notion of collaboration through the work of Italian designer Giorgio Armani and American theatre director Robert Wilson. It addresses three case studies derived from different performance spaces: a performance art installation in a once derelict, purposefully redesigned train station; a modernist play staged in a traditional proscenium arched theatre; and a retrospective exhibition held in a fine art museum that invited the visitors to ‘walk the catwalk’. The objective of the essay is twofold. First, it focuses on the concrete results of the collaboration, that is, the actual events, the mutual artistic and economic benefits for both parties as well as the sometimes controversial critical reception and discourse surrounding them. Second, it queries the meaning and potency of the status of the auteur in a long-term creative collaboration between two equally influential artists from the related, yet distinct fields of theatre and fashion.

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Intellect Ltd., 2013. Vol. 33, no 1, 3-28 p.
Keyword [en]
performance and fashion, Robert Wilson, Giorgio Armani, creative industries, collaboration, Henrik Ibsen, Susan Sontag.
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Performing Arts
Research subject
Theatre Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80487DOI: 10.1386/stap.33.1.3_1ISI: 000317906400001OAI: diva2:555908
Available from: 2012-09-21 Created: 2012-09-21 Last updated: 2013-05-27Bibliographically approved

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