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WSD2017|Hakbang sa Hakbang (Measure for Measure)
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Gino Gonzales

Hakbang sa Hakbang (Measure for Measure)

Selected Category: Costume Design

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

Originally conceived as colourful, straightforward Elizabethan clothes for a university production of Shakespeare’s “problem play”, these costumes evolved as a subversion of a “Western ideal,” an aspiration that is prevalent in former colonies like the Philippines. The traditional Elizabethan silhouettes were retained and based on my old renderings for a graduate school project on Measure for Measure. However, a decision to indigenise the clothes for this production was made. Western fabrics were substituted with locally produced muslin, simamay (open weave abaca fibre), and raffia (stiff woven fibre from Raffia palm). Typical Western trimmings of velvet, lace, and cords were replaced with coconut shell buttons, Manila hemp, and wooden beads. The artifice was highlighted by the use of exaggerated wigs made of hemp, raffia fibre, and dismantled buri palm hats. The predominantly brown-skinned cast performed in whiteface and delivered the Shakespearean lines in crisp Filipino language, thus making Shakespeare truly universal.

Gino Gonzales

Gino was a student and apprentice of National Artist, Salvador Bernal, who encouraged him to pursue further studies in Set and Costume Design. Gino attended the Masters of Fine Arts program in Theater Design at New York University with the aid of a Fulbright Scholarship and an Asian Cultural Council grant. He was also given the Meier and Seidman awards for excellence by NYU’s Department of Design in 2001.
Gino has designed sets and costumes for over 100 theatre productions in Manila, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan and New York.
He was awarded the World Stage Design bronze medal for his set design for the Philippine Opera Company’s "Spoliarium" at Toronto, Canada in 2005. In 2015, he co-authored a book entitled “Fashionable Filipinas: A History of the Philippine National Dress 1860-1960”.
He is currently a lecturer and Artistic Consultant for Stage Design at the Fine Arts Program of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Email Address: gonzales3n@yahoo.com

Theatre Company Dulaang U.P.

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-08-27

The Premiere Space of Production Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre

Author William Shakespeare (translation by Ronan Capinding)

Director/ Choreographer Alexander Cortez

Set Designer Faust Peneyra

Lighting Designer Meliton Roxas, Jr.

Costume Designer Gino Gonzales

Sound Designer Jethro Joaquin

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Winter David

Other Creative Collaborator/s PJ Rebullida - choreographer