Camilla Dely is a costume designer and visual artist born and raised in South Africa. She came to theater from the scrappy, experimental performance world of Philadelphia, where she fell in love with movement improvisation and made original performance with wild, multidisciplinary collaborators. She is equally fueled by poetic texts and devised processes, and is serially interested in stories that concern the limits of our humanity, questions of violence + justice, and the stunning messiness of human beings. True loves include: charcoal, glitter, the floor, and the quirky, idiosyncratic stories we carry in our clothing.
Mother Courage and Her Children
A story about survival and the heroism of endurance. In a world that has taken everything from you, and that demands everything of you, what is the silent, brute courage it takes to get up every day and put one foot in front of the other, forward?
Ntozake Shange relocates Brecht’s text to the Reconstruction Era. Following the end of the Civil War, peddler Ma Courage predicts the death of all three of her children, as they cross the land every which way on the trail of survival. One by one, her children are claimed by violence of the war, til she is left to continue pulling her wagon and wares on, alone.
Design Class Project
Written by: Ntozake Shange
By The Bog of Cats
Hester Swane — a Medea-like figure — lives in exile “by the Bog of Cats,” a remote, mysterious wasteland. Abandoned by her mother as a child, she eventually takes the life of her own daughter, before being received into death herself. This fatal action becomes an epic, necessary ritual of mourning, freeing mother and child from a multi-generational cycle of stagnant grief. Metal conjures Hester’s earthen, unforgiving world in battered garden furniture, corrugated barn siding, and a rusted arc of sky. The costumes are the stuff of the everyday. To me this is a story about grief, rage and fear: natural and necessary parts of our humanness and what it is to be alive.
THESIS PROJECT | costume and set design
Written by: Marina Carr
Imagining a heightened near-future, we stand on the last remaining watermelon farm in Texas. Mama Copper and her cohort of farmers struggle to hold onto their land in the face of encroaching Government and Corporation. As a last resort, Mama brings in her three estranged kids to save the farm, but it quickly spirals into a devouring by sentient melons of the underground. Part parable/farce/satire; we progressively turn the dials up on reality, following a cast of bold characters devised by the acting company.
Written by: Stevie Walker-Webb
Compiled, Conceived and Imagined with: the second year acting and design cohort
Director: Stevie Walker-Webb with Joanna Lugo & Lili Stiefel
Choreographer: Erin Pettigrew
Produced By: NYU Tisch Grad Acting/Design
Venue: The Shubert Theatre
Set Designer: Erica Zhang
Lighting Designer: Corey Whittemore
Sound Designer: Justin Propper
Hold This is a work in progress that I have been developing with Tatiana Kahvegian, in an Independent Study started in Spring 2020. We are creating a short experimental film told in still images together with dancer/choreographer Grace Tong. The piece is an exploration of the nature of devotion in artistic practice, and the representation within and of the female body. What does it mean to be rendered, to be made an image of, by one’s self and by others? The film features one dancer and an evolving landscape made from paper and charcoal, and it will include original music composed and performed by Gui Duvignau. All images are captured using film rather than digital photography, as an intentional embrace of the “mistake” – or of the oracle of chance.
Created, Directed, and Designed by: Tatiana Kahvegian and Camilla Dely
Performer: Grace Tong
Original Music: Gui Duvignau
Venue: Studio 153
Photographer: Tatiana Kahvegian
A story about a girl who is negated by her family in the relationships she would love most to inhabit: daughter, sister and friend. Through an act of recognition and generosity, she is given a chance to be seen in her true nature, and the acknowledgment of her radiance enables the shining of everyone else around her.
From marbled neon to glow party, this is all about emerging from darkness, about the desire to be seen. As Cenerentola transforms from coal dust to moon dust to stardust, natural radiance triumphs over artificial ones, and she brings everyone into her galaxy. To be seen by others the way that we see ourselves is the key to our mutual freedom.
Design Class Project