Swansong - Costume

Revision notes on costume of SwanSong - set work for GCSE Dance

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  • Created on: 12-11-14 21:28
What does the costume suggest?
the Present day
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What is the victim dressed in?
blue jeans, faded red t-shirt
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What are the interrogators wearing?
they wear khaki coloured trousers and shirts
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How does costume identify gender?
both the victim and guards are wearing costumes that identify them as men. e.g. trousers/jeans
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How does costume identify the character?
easy to pick out the guards with their military inspired "uniform" and the victim with his scruffy faded jeans and t-shirt. Each character has a distinctly different costume.
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How does costume identify the theme?
The scruffy clothing worn by the victim supports the theme of a prisoner of conscience.
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COMPLEMENTS OTHER COMPONENTS
The simple costumes complement the simple set design and lighting to create a dull, uninviting atmosphere.
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How does it show status?
The fact the interrogators are dressed alike, in ‘uniform’ implies they may be guards or soldiers but they do not have any military badges. This suggests authority and status.
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How does costume allow ease of movement?
The victims t-shirt is loose fitting allowing him to move his arms free from restriction.
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Identify groups
The guards are dressed identically thus allowing us to see them as one group.
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How does it show social context?
The prison appears to be particularly repressive due to the use of colour. The costumes suggest a sense of interrogation.
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How does it show bodyline?
All characters wear tight-fitting trousers to emphasise line and sculpt the body.
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How does costume suggest a dance style?
The black dance shoes worn by all dancers suggest the dance styles of ballet, jazz and contemporary. The rubber taps worn on the shoes of the guards suggests tap dancing.
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Card 2

Front

What is the victim dressed in?

Back

blue jeans, faded red t-shirt

Card 3

Front

What are the interrogators wearing?

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

How does costume identify gender?

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

How does costume identify the character?

Back

Preview of the front of card 5
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