Giannandrea Poesio Lecture


Giannandrea Poesio has been involved in publication of essays, monographs and books, teaching, many projects and has amazing qualifications. He was born in Italy and moved to the UK to complete a PhD in Dance History at the University of Surrey. He has worked with international companies, theatres and institutions such as the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet School, the Paris Conservatoire, the Kirov Ballet, La Scala Theatre in Milan and the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. Poesio has interests in the theory and the aesthetics of “choreographic revisionism” and theatre gestures used in drama, dance and opera.

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Poesio started his presentation by explaining definition body politics and costumes. He spoke and showed some interesting images which I had gotten design ideas from, and researched more about.




20151118_142550868_iOS The ‘ballet The Afternoon of a Faun’ was choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky and he also danced the main part. It was first performed in Paris 29 May 1912, at the Théâtre du Châtelet. The costumes and sets were designed by the painter Léon Bakst:

Personally I have always loved costume design and when I had a look at Leon Baksts costumes designs I was amazed by accuracy of shapes, patterns and colours blended into a perfect costume.

Looking at these costumes brings me to thinking about my theme and gives me ideas of costumes ,robes, trousers and jackets for Rastas and also looks like Royal court dress and uniform which is worn by Rastas when going to a church ceremony.

While researching on Nijinsky Faun, I found one of my favorite fashion designers Rick Owens, SS15 catwalk Designs inspired by Faun:

Rick Owens said: “I was thinking about the ballet Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed by Nijinsky. It basically all culminates with this faun masturbating on a nymph’s scarf, so everybody in the audience, with all their jewels, are just waiting for this guy to hump the scarf. I love that!”

I will definitely use this lectures research as inspiration for my FMP design development.


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