Theatre - Maria Stuart

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck
theatre-season: 1998 / 1999
opening night: 3.10.1998
Trauerspiel von Friedrich Schiller
director: Carsten Bodinus
set-design: Helfried Lauckner
costume-design: Tina Kitzing

The costumes are designed in a futuristic style however incorporate elements of fossilised prehistoric relicts, thus bridging the gap between history and future. Elisabeth is dressed in a skin-tight, gleaming costume. She wears her crown around her neck, like a spiky collar, a symbol which sets her apart and is an instrument of power. By having it pulled over her head it becomes her own prison and fate later in the play.

In contrast, Maria wears gently floating costumes in light colours, wrapped around her. At the end of the play she is escorted to her death in her own white wedding gown.

Both women are haunted by nightmares, which are expressed in dances during the play.

Maria dreams of antiquated and degenerated court societies, harassing her with a double faced mask, which represents death and reign. Elisabeth dreams of an arranged wedding according to her rank. Men in white uniforms, with the blood of innocence soaked into her costumes, force her into a wedding dress resembling an insect-like shell. In it Elisabeth tries to float up into the height of absolute power. Representatives of the state get entangled into the trails of the dress and tear it apart.

The gentlemen of the Privy Council wear the colours of power on the outside and conceal their fetish-like and power-obsessed strives by wearing suits. Citations and small fragments in their costumes bring their inner world occasionally to the surface.

The jail-keepers, who constantly burst into Maria's prison cell, are clad in futuristic protective clothes.