Delirious Jena – Des Lebens Überfluss | Theaterhaus Jena
Text/Direction: Hannes Weiler / Stage: Florian Dietrich / Costumes: Lena Hiebel / Dramaturgy: Friederike Weidner
Focus on Actress: Johanna Berger
What is the costume?
- dress/skirt and top
- dress has a hoop skirt underneath
- wide skirt -> takes up alot of space
- skirt fabric is gathered
- skirt has a train
- top without sleeves
- very tight, almost like a corset
- top ornamented with lace
- a zipper in the back -> can’t undress herself
- dirty white color
- skirt possibly made out of cotton
- shoes: used high heels closed leather corpus, with canvas, worn out, with shoelaces
- black tights
- no jewelry, no makeup, no nail polish, tired eyes, very pale
- french braided hair in the back with a lot of loose strands hanging into her face
Which impression does it create?
How underlines the costume the the role the actor/actress is playing?
How supports it the actor/actress?
- wife of Heinrich
- impression: run down wedding dress
- looks shabby, probably has only this dress, wears it all the time
- too long for everday use
- more simple -> simple fabric(cotton) but intricate fashion of the dress -> could mean she is coming wealthy family but choose poverty deliberatley
- stiffness of the dress reflects her minimal movements and gestures
- probably has never been a housewife
How is the development of the costume during the piece?
- apart from stepping on her train, almost no interaction with her costume by the other actors
How does it change in relation to the actor’s/actress’ role?
What other support is needed?
- no change of the dress during the piece
- no clothing was added(except for the video part)
- when she is shot down the dress becomes flat and looses it’s volume
How influences the costume the posture & movement of the actor/actress?
How interacts the actor/actress with his/her costume?
- the stiff dress forces her into a stiff posture -> includes having her hands on the dress all the time to be ready for movement
- never turned towards the person she is talking to only turns her head in their direction
- never sits down only crouches down
- she needs to pull up her dress in order to walk, otherwise she would step on it
- crouched down to grab the skirt before moving
- always tried to grab a ring of the hoopskirt
- lifted skirt higher for running
- skirt nice for sweeping eggs and straw
- if one hand carries something the other hand holds up the skirt
- if both hands are full she needs to kick the skirt forward to be able to walk