A couple more pics from Ninagawa’s Medea. Such a phenomenal piece of theatre! I love the melodrama and the tragedy. The costumes and stage effect are all breathtaking too. If you know the story, then you know the fate of her two children above…
I’ve been looking back at Medea (I posted Ninagawa’s theatre version earlier.) This is Pasolini and Maria Callas on the set of the Medea film. Her costumes are really wonderful, I want to bring some of this into Ariel’s costume. I like the cultural hybrid that makes up the film, Pasolini invented his own history, this is exemplified in the choice of music (parts are traditional Japanese music) and costume design.
I’ve been busy researching and writing my essay on Kabuki theatre in relation to Shakespeare. I’ve also done a lot of drawings and designs that I want to share. The drawings in this post are from the Frederic Aranda photography exhibition in March that inspired me to look at Kabuki for this brief.
Kabuki actors apply their own make-up, the drawing above is of Ichikawa Kamejiro, a famous onnagata (female role specialist) as he paints a red wax on his eyebrows, to smooth the hair, before painting them black.
Yukio Ninagawa’s Production of Medea is a sight to behold! Ninagawa directed the production of Twelfth Night at The Barbican in 2009, and Musashi in 2010. Poor, beautiful Medea!