With the Waves of a River

With the Waves of a River is a collaborative project between me and a choreographer in Middlesex University. It is a dancing piece depicting the lives of the disabled.

Research
Dancing piece by Martha Graham
Dancing piece by Martha Graham
Sculpture by Medardo Roso
Sculpture by Medardo Roso
Sculpture by Malin Bülow
Sculpture by Malin Bülow

A series of art pioneers inspired me. I appreciated their way of creating dynamics using fabric-like materials.

Inspiration and Development
Note
Note
Note
Note
Sketch
Sketch
Sketch
Sketch
Choreographer's roommate
Choreographer's roommate
Fabric Sample
Fabric Sample
Costume
Costume

I sketched different ways of using the fabrics in a dancing piece. We then decided to hang fabrics from the ceiling according to the effects we wanted.

After carefully discussed what we wanted to talk, we decided to depict the real-life experiences of the choreographer's three roommates, who suffered from disabilities.

I tested different fabrics to see what works best with our piece.

Set Design and Model
Set Design
Set Design
Model
Model

The final design decision was to have a black box studio where audiences can stand around and watch intimately.

Dancers wore nude bodysuit to maximise the exposure of their body.

They danced within cocoons made by semi-transparent gauze, stretched the fabrics to their most to show their struggles.

The Final Show
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Photo
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Photo
Photo
Photo
Photo
Photo

The final show was extremely beautiful. Many people expressed that they were touched watching dancers struggling alongside interview records from the roommates.