Katabasis is an original concept for a Cirque style production I conceived of for my Graduate Costume Design course IIB at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Katabasis is the Greek word for the act of one's descent into the underworld, so I created a show around that concept incorporating the characters and mythology of the Greek underworld with fantasy and couture fashion influences.

 

The three fates narrate this theatrical experience and guide the audience along the Greek underworld as if they were on their own descent. Along the journey the audience encounters famous mythological figures along the way. The furies guard the entrance and perform a fearsome flying hair pull act. Next, we come upon the river Styx where Charon, the eerie ferryman, beckons us onto his boat to move onward. However, shortly after the scene is assailed by the souls of the damned- a synchronized swimming act. After surviving the ferry, we come upon the King and Queen of the underworld, Hades and Persephone, performing a dark and romantic liberty style horse act. In the next act we meet Ixion, who is condemned to spin on a flaming wheel for eternity for his sins. Then we come upon Hercules in an attempt at completing one of his famous 12 labors, taming Cerberus, a large scale animatronic puppet. Lastly, we end with the moment where Orpheus reunites with Eurydice and they perform an intimate and romantic aerial straps act.

The Fates Concept Board
The Three Fates - Guides
Katabasis Concept Board
Charon and the Souls of the Damned Concept Board
Souls of the Damned, Sychronized Swimming Act
Horse of Hades
Hades, Horse Duo Act
Persephone, Horse Duo Act
Persephone Concept Board
Hades Concept Board
Horses of Hades
Ixion - Flaming Cyr Wheel Act

KATABASIS (THEORETICAL 2020)

The Furies Concept Board
Charon, ferryman
Orpheus & Eurydice - Aerial Straps Duo
Cerberus - Large Scale Animatronic Puppet
Hercules - Cerberus "tamer"
Hercules Concept Board
Cerberus Cocept Board
Orpheus & Eurydice Concept Board