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Greenham: Memory, Costume and Activism in site-responsive performance

Lane, Kate and Ceschi, Valentina (2022) Greenham: Memory, Costume and Activism in site-responsive performance. In: Nordic Forum for Dance Research, 5-8 July 2022, The Danish National School for the Performing Arts.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Lane, Kate and Ceschi, Valentina

Greenham was a site-specific performance made by Ceschi + Lane in 2019. The performance was situated on the site of a former RAF and American Army base in the English countryside, which is now common land. It was the site of Greenham Common Women’s Peace camp, set up in 1981 to protest against the British government allowing American cruise missiles to be stored there, the protest camp remained for 19 years. In response to the scarred landscape of the post-Cold War dereliction and the contested history of Greenham Common, we created costumes that embodied imaginative and provocative ideas around landscape and memory, the body and its environment and women’s relationship to power. These costumes acted as critical intervention and commentary in a public space, developing a wider discussion around costume’s agency and costume as carrier of meaning in public spaces and as part of site-responsive performance practice.

Ceschi + Lane develop performances through a costume-led methodology developing the relationship between the body as scenography to direct the choreography.
This talk will reflect upon our working process for Greenham presenting images and short films from the project. It will examine the choreographic role of costume in relation to the ecology of a landscape, and its embedded physical and cultural memories, asking how costume can give materiality to memory and become a critical commentary in the context of a contested landscape and how site-specific performances develop dramaturgical responses?

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Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Design for Performance, Scenography, Site-Specific performance
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 7 July 2022
Event Location: The Danish National School for the Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 11:46
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2022 11:46
Item ID: 19489
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/19489

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