Artviva director Rose Magers is not the only lovely thing to make it all the way from Australia to Italy. Now there is also the Dress for Dance Exhibition presented by NIDA COSTUME in conjunction with COSTUME COLLOQUIUM, Florence 2010.
This unique exhibition is being curated and mounted by staff and students of the Costume course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia (NIDA) in Florence for one week only in November 2010. NIDA’s exhibition proposal was chosen as a feature of the international Costume Colloquium ? an event which is now held every two years and attracts about 250-300 delegates to Florence.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Dress for Dance” and NIDA Head of Costume, Fiona Reilly, will present a paper on the contrasting journeys of stage and film designer Kristian Fredrikson against a new generation of young designers. Together they personify the contradictions that make up Australia’s current cultural landscape: Kristian Fredrikson, who came from an ‘anglo’ background steeped in Judaeo?Christian beliefs and European myths and
legends and who moved during his career towards Asian influences versus a new generation who are ‘touching country’ and are exploring Australia’s indigenous heritage from either within or outside the culture.
The Provincia of Florence has graciously offered two of its prestigious museum state-rooms for the exhibition. For the first and only time in Italy, thirty-one costumes from the Australian dance world will be on display accompanied by images of the actual dance works. They will illustrate the journey in costume that is “Making Tracks”.