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Dressing the Self/Other in Greek Drama, Italian Opera and Rural Albania -27/11/2018, Cambrige (Engla

Join us at the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network for a conversation between Matteo Augello (Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion), Dr Rosie Wyles (Classical History and Literature, University of Kent) and Ellen Robertson Martinez (Social Psychology, University of Cambridge) on dress and performance from antiquity to today.

What is it we do when we dress? How does dress relate to ideas of gender and identity? How different is staged costume from everyday dress? Can dress function across time, cultures and contexts?

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 27/11/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building (Cambrige, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN) series ; Antonia Marie Reinke; Naomi Woo; Maria Khan; Matthew Parvin; Valerio Zanetti.

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Tuesday 27 November 2018

5.30 - 7.30 pm (Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building)

Matteo Augello is a PhD student at the Centre for Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion and a former freelance researcher for the V&A opera exhibition in 2017. Based on a video clip of his performance-lecture on ’The Art of the Prima Donna’, Matteo will start us off by discussing some of his work on dress in Italian Opera and share reflections on dress performance and re-enactment as research tools and crucial elements in the teaching of fashion history.

Dr Rosie Wyles is a lecturer in Classical History and Literature at the University of Kent and the author of Costume in Greek Tragedy (2011). Rosie will will take us back in time to the dress and costuming practices of ancient Greece and explore processes of constructing identity and decoding it in everyday life and on the theatrical stage respectively. By drawing on the evidence of theatre-related vase paintings, she will discuss examples of both ‘dressing the self’ and ‘dressing/becoming other’ in the theatrical frame.

Ellen Robertson Martinez is a PhD student in social psychology and a member of the Gender Development Research Centre at Cambridge. Ellen will return us once more to the present day and share with us some of her research on the Albanian custom of the ’Sworn Virgins’, whereby women live as men in dress, performance and social interaction in order to fill traditionally male positions in deeply patriarchal rural communities. She will explore, in particular, the role of dress in the construction of Sworn Virgin identity.

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