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OISTAT CDG Costume Lecture #2

Simona Rybáková and Juli Balázs

R211, Research Building
研究大樓 R211


TWD 150


Topic 1
Costume design as a complex discipline

This presentation will discuss costume design as a complex discipline through visual examples of Rybáková’s work including big opera productions, small independent theatres, feature film, TV and conceptual projects with students. Common for all of these works is a strong focus on the relations between costume designer - set designer - director. Rybáková will attempt to bring out both positive and negative aspects of long-term work in an established team and emphasize the importance of analytical self-reflection when improving the quality of future projects.


Simona Rybáková, PhD, is a Czech costume designer, who studied at the University of Applied Arts in Prague, in Helsinki and at the RISD, in Providence, USA. Her work includes designs for a wide range of performance events, film, TV and multimedia at home and internationally. Currently she is the Head of the Costume Design Group of OISTAT. She curated the Extreme Costumes exhibition at PQ’11 and she had received the Swarovski Award 1996, the PQ’99 Golden Triga, and the prize for Best Costumes in WSD 2013, in Cardiff.

Topic 2
Scenic design as a tool of interpretation

Scenic design is the joint statement of the director and the designers. In this presentation,Balázs will give an insight into her work, in particular into the design process, bringing case studies from low budget alternative theatres to big national theatre productions. She will introduce different methods and practices from the first analysis of the theatre piece to the last touches before the premiere. Balázs will show how a design can define and be an embodiment of an artistic approach. She will also present some experiments regarding video projection and the use of multimedia on stage.


Juli Balázs, since completing her studies in 2011 in Budapest, Hungary, has had the chance to design for several European theatres including Schauspielhaus Zürich,Burgtheater Wien and DeutschesSchauspielhaus Hamburg. Alongside theatreprojects, she enjoys holding workshops for children and young professionalsintroducing special costume design techniques and creative spatial thinking.

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LECTURE #2 July 2nd at 12:00-13:30
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A collaboration of CDG with the Aalto University “Costume Methodologies” project.
WORKSHOP #1 Designers on the Edge
July 6th at 10:00-18:00 and July 7th at 10:00-16:00
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Team Leaders: Rosane Muniz, Marcelo Denny, Marcos Bulhões and Renato Bolelli
WORKSHOP #2 Body Extension
July 8th at 10:00-18:00 and July 9th at 10:00-16:00
Street Parade: July 9th at 16:30-18:00
Leader: Nic Ularu

OISTAT Logo High-resPerformance Design Commission
Costume Design Group (CDG)

Curators: Simona Rybáková, Rosane Muniz and Sofia Pantouvaki(OISTAT CDG)
With special thanks to CDG member Margaret Mitchell for the final shape of the texts

Photo Credit: Simona Rybáková

Duration 長度

90 mins

Language 語言

In English without translation

Special Notes 注意事項


Workshop|The whale inside the shell: Kinetic scenography and its symbolic applications
Francesco Fassone
OISTAT CDG Costume Seminar|Thinking Costume
Academic Curator: Professor Sofia Pantouvaki
Lecture|Heritage Theatre Machinery: unexpected possibilities in contemporary productions
Jerôme Maeckelbergh
Workshop|Transparency and Reflection – alternative projection surfaces
Ivo Kersmaekers