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3/23/2009 Costume designer to speak at Linfield

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         McMINNVILLE – Alexandra Bonds, costume designer at the University of Oregon, will present a lecture on Beijing Opera Costumes on Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Hall lobby at Linfield College.

         The illustrated lecture is free and open to the public. It is part of the “Bringing China toMcMinnville” series at Linfield, funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.

         Bonds’ lecture will be based on her new book “Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture.” Her book is the first in-depth English-language book focused exclusively on the costumes of Jingju, which is the nationally dominant form of indigenous theatre in China. It provides the theory of the conventionalized style of the costumes, an analysis of the design aesthetics and performance practices. The book describes the details of the costumes, the system of color meanings, symbolism in the embroidered imagery and how the design elements convey details about the characters. Details on makeup, hairstyles, headdresses and footwear present a complete view of the Jingju performer from head to toe.

         Bonds is the professor of costume design for the University of Oregon and the vice president for international activities for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). She served as the Commissioner for the USA entries in the Prague Quadrennial in 2003 and 2007 and is currently planning the 2011 displays. Bonds is an award-winning designer whose costumes have been included in national and international exhibits.

         In 1990-91, she received a Fulbright appointment to teach costume design at the National Institute of Arts in Taiwan (now Taipei National University of the Arts), which inspired her research interests in Chinese performance and her new book. She has lectured nationally and internationally and has received awards for excellence in writing for the performing arts.

         The lecture is co-sponsored by the Linfield Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, the International Programs Office and the Dean of Faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2802.