April Nash — One Hundred Years of Solitude
Posted on September 11, 2012
April Nash creates costumes for a filmed stage adaptation.
This project is a filmed stage adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. The story follows the life cycle of the Buendía family over several generations: through genesis and growth, into decline and eventual decay. The piece is designed for performance in an outdoor setting, within a perspex set, modelled on the family home.
Rhythm is key to the telling of this tale; repeated patterns of events and character names create a wonderful sense of movement, and this is reflected in the design: costumes and set transform before the audience by removing layers, opening trapdoors, revolving rooms, turning garments inside out; all emphasising the idea of constant motion and evolution.
Distorted shapes and a saturated colour palette reflect the heavily symbolic and surreal nature of this tale: family members wear black in a perpetual state of mourning, and outsiders who bring colour to the environment are quickly drawn into the claustrophobic melancholy of the village. Strong textural elements and physical weight convey a sense of the burden of inevitability that the characters carry with them; doomed to follow the same path as their ancestors.