Tuesday, March 6, 2007
my own little wrestling match
I was working all weekend on a video (a 30-second video about love)... I made myself a wrestling costume and tackled a bunch of people in my studio; thought I'd share a couple images here.
One incidental note from the experience of inhabiting a wrestling character and choreographing falls-- I think the costuming is really important in character development, both for the aesthetic development of the wrestling format on a whole and for the individual wrestler. When I designed my costume, I felt I could take expressive liberties that I wouldn't normally take in clothing design (I make a lot of costumes, but usually try to engage with a 'sophisticated aesthetic' or at least a restrained color palette). With my wrestling costume, I designed it for athletic optimism, but felt at liberty to go way over the top with the color and lightning bolts down the side. When I wrestled, I felt like the costume was keeping me in check with my wrestling persona (a function costumes often serve).
When we watched the alley fight and the wrestlers were wearing 'street clothes'- jeans and a t-shirt with a belt- it changed the way they wrestled, or at least contributed the change on tone from athletic wrestling to the streetfight style. This was not just because of the belt being used to choke the other guy, but also because the different costumes changed the way the wrestlers moved, and gave them a different version of their character to play.