U8 Task 2 – Ideas Research

Idea One:


Website: AllPosters.com,Mother and Daughter, c.1913 posters by Egon Schiele at AllPoster.com, [online] Available at: http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Mother-and-Daughter-c-1913-Posters_i6355696_.htm?ac=true [Accessed 07 Mar. 2017]

Gallery: Schiele, E. (1913). Mother and Daughter. [Pencil] Vienna: Leopold Museum

Artist: Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele is a painter in the Expressionism era of art. Many of his paintings were based self portraits and portraits of others and what was in their minds and what their sexuality was. He was very famous for his bold paintings showing people’s flaws other than the beauty and often replaced the beautiful with imperfect. Gustav Klimt was a major influence on Schiele, he was Schiele’s teacher and friend and influenced him to paint the female body however the emotional part of is paintings is what Egon developed while observing his sisters emotional health and life.

The Art Story, Egon Schiele Biography, Art, and Analysis of work, [online] Available at: http://www.theartstory.org/artist-schiele-egon.htm [Accessed 03 May. 2017]

Title: Mother and Daughter

My initial idea for this piece is for the dancers to do a piece based on how a mother protects, loves and supports her daughter through life. I got this idea from the mothers face in the painting along with the daughters frame. The mothers face is drawn with a feeling of care and love for her daughter and also the mother looks like she is built quite sturdy and is protecting her daughter she also appears to feel sorry for her daughter as if her daughter has been hurt. The daughter looks extremely fragile and unlike her mother is naked so she is more exposed to the world and is easily wounded because she is still a child. I thought this could be good for dancers to do it based on form and movement however I also began to think about making it an actors piece. I thought that it could be a duologue and the daughter has come home distressed about something and talking to her mother about it, with the mother doing a monologue at the end about how she has raised her and how she wishes she could do something about what her daughter is upset about. I think that the days previous actions could be portrayed behind the actors with a choreographed scene using silhouettes while two actors on stage (a mother and a daughter) do a scene of the daughter taking to her mother about what’s going on at school. The costume for this would be the girl would be in a school uniform while the mother is in a red jumper so then she represents the bold red in the painting.



The school uniform is the kind of idea I would have for the girl while the picture of the silhouettes would be what I would like for the dance to look like, unfortunately I think that it would be difficult to do this because of lighting, perhaps while she is telling the story the lights could go down and focus mainly on the dancers so we can decipher what’s past and what’s present.

I don’t have anyone in mind at the moment who could play who but I would like to write the piece but the dancers should have free rein on the piece while when the script is written and basic character profiles have been given then the actors can build on that.

Idea 2:


Website: Wikipedia (2017) Edmund Dulac – Wikipedia. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Dulac  (Accessed 07 March. 2017)

Illustration taken from: Hans Christian Andersons “The Little Mermaid”

Artist: Edmund Dulac

He is famous for his illustrations of stories during what was called the “Golden Age of Illustration” which was the first quarter of the 20th century. He was a French illustrator who was considered as a “Golden Age Illustrator”, his work begun to pick up when J.M Dent (who was a book publisher) gave him the job of illustrating “The Bronte” sisters and from then on his work got known and was soon associated with the Leicester Gallery and Hodder and Stoughton, Leicester would ask Dulac to illustrate books and would sell them to Hodder and Stoughton and the gallery would sell his paintings while Hodder and Stoughton would sell the books (one a year).

Angel Art, Edmund Dulac Oil Paintings, Biography, Art Reproductions Of Edmund Dulac, Page 1, [online] Available at: http://www.angelartco.com/artist/Edmund%20Dulac-oil-painting-1.htm (Accessed 05 May. 2017)

Title: The Little Mermaid

History: Hans Christian Anderson wrote “The Little Mermaid” and the story  was published in 1837. Anderson is a Danish fairy-tale story writer and wrote the story based around a mermaid and how she is willing to give up her life under the sea to be a human.

This story has multiple times been adapted for the stage and in the early 1900 into an opera version called “La Petite Sirène” (1957), a three-act opera version by French composer Germaine Tailleferre with a libretto adapted by Philippe Soupault.

The Little Mermaid – Wikipedia (2017) Wikipedia. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid#Adaptations(Accessed 08 March. 2017)

Although several adaptations have been made for the stage such as:

  • The Garden of Paradise (1914), a play written by Edward Sheldon
  • The Little Mermaid (2005), a modern-rendition ballet by the The Royal Danish Ballet  composed by Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach, and choreographed by John Neumeier , premiered on 15 April 2005
  • The Little Mermaid (2008), a Broadway stage musical based on the 1989 Disney film, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. The show premiered on 10 January 2008 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
  • Below (2013), a stage adaptation by Adapt Theatre Productions, a small fringe-theatre production company in Chicago, Illinois. The story is written in blank verse by actor/playwright Lane Flores and is from the perspective of the little mermaid’s sisters, who have kidnapped the story’s prince to judge his compassion for their deceased sister.
  • The Little Mermaid (2013), a theatrical adaptation by Blind Tiger, a London-based Actor Musician theatre company, focuses on Hans Christian Andersen’s influences when creating the fairytale. The show opened in December 2013 at Riverside Studios.

The Little Mermaid – Wikipedia (2017) Wikipedia. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid#Adaptations(Accessed 08 March. 2017)

The artwork relates to the story because it is the moment when the prince finds the mute mermaid on his steps. The scene, which I wish to do is usually not staged because over time the story has been adapted to be suitable for younger audiences so this minor detail,  which is that the mermaid is in pain whenever she walks on land, is often removed. I would probably set this out so the sea is off stage so we can hear it and not see it, and the girl would try to walk then fall until the prince and a few servants come on and find her. I would possibly make the mermaid enter up stage right and stumble into the center while the prince enters through the left-wing and spots her and then approaches her so the majority of the scene takes place  in center stage. The costumes are usually portrayed as 18th century fashion however despite being based in Denmark the illustration is based in a middle eastern country and he seems to be dressed as a sultan, however I would have him dressed in 18th century clothing because that is where the story is set also it is set in Denmark not in a hot country . The mermaid however would be more difficult, mermaids are portrayed as free and are rather exposed,so in order to keep that idea I would have to actress come on clutching what could be the sail of a boat (underneath this she is wearing a strapless top or jumpsuit and shorts to make it look as if she has nothing on underneath). The servants would be wearing simple servants clothing meant for a royal family servantin that era. In Disney’s adaptation of the fairy tale because it’s a kids film Ariel ties a sail from a ship wreck to cover her body, I wanted to take this idea and use it in this version so then it is family friendly.

1700 mens fashion

1700 maid fashion

Ariel sail dress

No props would be needed for this scene at all because the mermaid will nt of bought naythig with her and the prince will not be carrying anything, the only thing that coul be considered as a prop would be the sheet but I would consider this more as a costume not a prop.

Because it is taken from a story not a script the staging will be up to the actors themselves the only issues I would imagine is when people are exiting and entering in the previous or next performance is them bumping into each other. Another issue would be costume because it’s from a very specific era and for the little mermaids costume we would need to find a way of giving the illusion that she has no clothes underneath the sheet she would be covering herself with. The other issue is that one person in the scene will not be speaking she will have to express her emotions through movement and facial expressions as the character is mute.

For casting I would like to have Karolis Vaitkevicius as the prince, I don’t have anyone in mind for the mermaid but I think that Sabrina could be the mermaid, I have no preference on who should play the two servants.







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