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CREATION process

One very important aspect of the creative process is the documentation of it and how to present and explain to people the concepts that are behind your creation.

When I studied Fashion Design in Brazil, even that was a art & design course, and the teachers have tried to ask us to do sketchbooks, it didn’t work because we didn’t have to present our own creations to an audience; I mean, verbally present our ideas in public. We just needed to submit the design when was ready, and the creation process was spoken between the teacher and the student during the term. And this is an aspect that can easily be identified in Brazil, the lack of documentation that the artists normally have.

This aspect surprised me when I came to England to study art, because at the end of the term I have to present my design ideas, and to be clear I need clear documentation to help me. It really helps when I’m working as a Production Designer in films as my communication with the director and the DOP can be faster and clear, as I have images and sketches of what my ideas are.

And how to be creative on the presentation is another issue. Here is one example of a presentation I’ve done for the macbeth Project, on the first year of my BA in Performance Design & Practice.

killing scene

here it is a scene from the “Macbeth” performance. It is the scene that Lady Macbeth feels guilty for all the killings that have happened and blames herself for being directly responsible for the murders, influencing her husband to do it and order it.

macbeth script

a bit of the script….

ACT 1. SCENE 2. DESIRE.

The witches walk forward (accompanied) by the sound of breathing. When the witches reach the front stage, they open their boxes, attached to their bodies (see costumes). Projection on the boxes showing images of power and desire.

Witches (speaking together)

Is human desire a matter of psychology or intuition? are calculations and strategies the exclusive domain of rationality of the mind? Or is desire inherent in the body and can it be tapped into and made tangible? Process of desire in the human body as a vital instinct that can bring the body into a continuous state of excitement.

The projections stops. The witches close the boxes and walk back to their initial position always facing the audience. Lady Macbeth continues her previous actions, always trying to reach the reflections, when suddenly she see the knifes. Pushed by the desire to reach them she climbs the rope.

She reach the knifes but touching one of them she cut herself and falls down almost hitting the floor going back to the same position as the first scene. The witches move towards Lady Macbeth turning Lady Macbeth’s body around. They are laughing. The witches leave the stage.

Macbeth

Me and the artists Marta Quileri and Amelia Prazak developed a proposal for a performance in June 2009 based on “Macbeth”, a play by Shakespeare. Our starting point was The 3 witches and Lady Macbeth, a character who represented the line between complete madness and death.

We’ve created a new script of a physical theatre performance, based on the feminine world and the journey to madness, lasting approximately half an hour. The performance started with the death of Lady Macbeth and finished with a scene representing the beginning of her journey, that we believed it was with her having a miscarriage.

The only characters of the play except Lady Macbeth are the 3 witches, who represent her mind and her conscious and unconscious thoughts. Because of that symbolism the costume of the witches is just a black fabric with a box inside, where all Lady Macbeth’s thoughts are projected (literally).

Also all the props that come to the stage are brought by the boxes that are in the witches’s costume.

Macbeth and also the King appear projected as they are images and consequence of her mind and hallucinations.

 


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