Sofia Pantouvaki

Sofia Pantouvaki
Aalto University · Department of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Sofia Pantouvaki, PhD, scenographer and Professor of Costume Design, Aalto University, Finland. Awarded practising designer with over 90 credits for theatre, film, opera and dance productions in European venues. Chair of Critical Costume; OISTAT EC; Vice-Head (Research) OISTAT Costume Sub-commission; editor of Studies in Costume and Performance. Co-Curator, Finnish Student exhibit (PQ15 Gold Medal) and international PQ19 Jury. Leader of Costume Methodologies research project (2014-2018).

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This essay introduces an unpublished talk by Greek stage designer Ioanna Papantoniou (born 1936) entitled ‘Local costume in a theatrical performance’, originally presented at the First Panhellenic Meeting of Ephors (Curators) and Dance Teachers at the Lyceum Club of Greek Women in Athens, in November 1990. Prior to and alongside her professional de...
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This article intends to shift current discourse on material thinking and agency from thinking of and through materials to thinking with materials; we therefore argue that re-locating the affects and agency of costume materiality in the changing material environment at this current moment is essential. Responding to the global environmental crisis a...
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The document presented here was part of the curriculum offered in 1997 by the Department of Stage Design of the Theatre Faculty (DAMU) in Prague to the international exchange students from the Master of Arts in European Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London, UK) and the University of the Arts in Utrecht (Netherlands...
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Through the explicit engagement with ethics, the fifth volume of Studies in Costume and Performance marks the advancing of scholarship that continues to articulate costume’s agential work in performance-making. The focus on ethics draws attention to the impact of costume on cultural, political and social discourses, as well as its alignments with p...
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A guerra e o desemprego foram duas das grandes temáticas que abrangeram o teatro mundial no século XX, como disse o dramaturgo Sérgio de Carvalho (2002). A guerra... “A guerra é quase tão antiga quanto o próprio homem e atinge os lugares mais secretos do coração humano, lugares em que o ego dissolve os propósitos racionais, onde reina o orgulho, on...
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This contribution is developed from a series of discussions with Simona Rybáková, Czech costume designer and curator of the Extreme Costume exhibition that was presented at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011 (PQ11). Following an overview on the presence of costume at recent editions of the Prague Quadrennial, this text focuses on the Extreme Costume ex...
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Czech architect-scenographer František Zelenka was a well-known pre-war designer for the National Theatre in Prague, deported by the Nazis to the Theresienstadt ghetto, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where he participated extensively in the inmates’ theatrical activity. Among his works in the ghetto, the children’s opera 'Brundibár', desig...
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When designing for contemporary dance, Finnish costume designer Marja Uusitalo integrates herself into the process of each production, allowing the costumes to emerge from collaboration. Starting from the costume designer’s ‘chase of untamed ideas’ and continuing with the production team’s ‘shared experiences’, Uusitalo’s design work is the outcome...
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This article explores the Tribes exhibition concept and its implementation during Prague Quadrennial 201516. Prague Quadrennial. 2015. “PQ Awards.” http://www.pq.cz/en/program/international-competitive-exhibition/pq-awards.View all references (PQ15) based on visual documentation from the event as well as on my own experience as participant and spec...
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The use of smart materials and wearable electronics has rapidly expanded in the field of fashion, introducing new interactive qualities of surfaces, materials and garments. In fashion garments, the performative environment functions as an abstract site for experimentation, expression and communication of the wearer through the intelligent garment....
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Common knowledge about Second World War prisoner identification in Nazi concentration camps usually focuses on the registration process and the striped uniforms issued to new inmates. Recent research on concentration camp clothing based on primary sources has revealed lesser known, and even entirely unknown other types of garments, including civili...
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In this article, the presentation of historical dress by the architecture trained exhibition-maker Judith Clark is examined as an evolving methodological enquiry that goes to the core of displaying dress from the past in the present. In her professional practice Clark takes the dual role of curator and designer, building on concepts of dress from a...
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The main objective of the Costume Methodologies project is to establish a firm methodological strategy to investigate the creation, production and function of costume in all areas of the performing arts – theatre, opera, dance and other stage- or site-specific live performance – as well as in film, television and other camera- and media-based creative projects involving costume. The project includes collaboration with major national and international institutions and researchers related to costume in live performance or film. The results of the project – research guidelines, case studies analysis, specific methodological tools, and future researcher training – will be peer-reviewed during international artistic and research events such as Critical Costume 2015 to be held at Aalto University in March 2015, and World Stage Design 2017.