NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Costume Electra, 2019

200 x 150 cm

charcoal, tulle, knitwear, gauze

For the bachelor’s thesis, author chose to create scenography according to R. Strauss’s opera Elektra. She has been looking for an opera for a long time to find music that will affect her as well, to explore topics that are relevant to her and today. The author relied on the Greek myth, but the libretto eliminated the boundaries of clear space and time. Goal was to create a timeless, and no real interface with space, allowing you to discover music and storyline. The author of the libretto has adapted the work with the composer so that the story would focus on Electra only. We witness a strange battle between remembrance and forgetfulness, because the current actions of Electra are fully encouraged to forget the present and restore the past. Of course, everything is in vain, because it is impossible to change time. The character of the Elektra is discussed in monks, dramas, operas, even in the writings of psychoanalysts. The story of this character is incredibly disobedient to the usual social norms, which encourages its analysis and interest the creators. The compositional structure of my scenography makes it possible to use modern synthetic materials such as plastic, metal, mirror. There are also other textures for contrast, in this case coal. Having decided not to use historical motives in scenography and costume, she tried to find forms and textures based on interpretation of music. Since she was creating a costumes for characters, she decided to make an installation combined with Electra storyline, like a monument for this past. Imprest by the music and conditional libretto, she wanted to create a installation for which we could not attribute any time or exact place, but we would feel a drama of the Electra, who was locked in the past.