By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
The Lagos Theatre Festival (LTF) 2018 edition is set for take off.
This year’s theme is Theatre in Unconventional Spaces.
The show is focused on presenting innovative interpretations of new ideas that will inspire and challenge audiences and new works that will spark conversations and debates. It will hold from February 27 till March 4th 2018, in Lagos across various venues.
Lagos theatre Festival was conceived and launched in 2013 by the United Kingdom’s cultural organization, British Council, inspired by the need to provide a platform for theatre-makers in Nigeria to produce works for unconventional spaces and develop audiences for theatre productions.
This year, Fashions Finest Africa in conjunction with the British Council & Lagos theatre Festival will be presenting the Theatre of Fashion showing taking place during the Lagos Theatre Festival on Sunday 4th March at Ember Creel, Victoria Island.
This particular show is designed to be a blend of Fashion, costuming and of course, theatre. This is to enlighten as well as entertain the lovers of the arts, Fashion, and promoting this integral area of theatre.
The Lagos Theatre Festival is ultimately aimed at creating a platform for the brains behind the captivating creative outlooks designed through the sheer ingenuity of the costumiers while, behind the scene and is produced by Sola Oyebade.
It will feature a Fashion show and Panel talk on Costumes and Fashion in Theatre four amazing costumiers will feature as panelist at the event showcasing their works and speak about theatre world.
See speakers below:
Ituen Bassey is the innovative Nigerian Designer behind the multi award-winning label ‘ItuenBasi’. She is a theatre Arts graduate from the University of Ife in Nigeria. She trained under Theatre Art “greats” like wole Soyinka, Yemi Ogunbiyi, Kole Omotosho, Femi Euba and Chuck Mike. Ituen later majored in Tailoring and clothing technology at the London College of Fashion, UK.
In 2009, she launched her first full home-based collection to critical acclaim and pioneered a new era of Ankara interpretation in Nigeria and Africa. In its 4 years, the label has been featured in Vogue Italia, British vogue, Elle south Africa, Ebony and pride magazine, amongst other international press. The label has shown on runways in Dakar, Milan, Paris, London, Vienna and Johannesburg (where the label was awarded Mercedes Benz designer of the year, 2012). In addition, Vogue Italia invited Ituen Basi to take part in Pitti (Milan) trade show under their SUPER Talents.
Being part of the Theartre is a major devotion for ituen Bassey; she has made innovative costumes for stage plays like for coloured Girls 2011, Kakadu the Musical 2013 and hear Word, the stage play 2014. Also Ituen Bassey was invited to be on the panel of the Stanford Business Forum, as a speaker in April 2014 and in February 2014, she was a panelist at the Fashion Africa Conference in London.
Ituen Bassey continues to work tirelessly to support and capacity build practitioners of the Nigerian Garment industry through her training programmes and initiatives.
MARGARET HENSHAW-DA COSTA
Margaret Henshaw-Da Costa’s career started in the 80’s where she worked in the Centre of Cultural studies at the University of Lagos.
Over the last 30 years, she has worked on both local and international stage and featured as an Actor, Dancer, choreographer, Theatre & Carnival Costumes Designer and Production consultant.
Her versality has enabled her work with several production outfits and veterans such as Fred Agbeyegbe’s AJO Productions, Ben Tomoloju’s Kakaaki Troupe, the late Christiana Essien Igbokwe, Epiphanio Farofa (dance troupe), UNILAG aAfricarribean Cranival, Wazobia Carnival, to mention but a few.
She is currently the creative Principal Cultural officer at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Akoka.
Mrs Da Costa has a costuming brand called Magaret Hensaw and if you ask anyone, you’ll hear that she is simply a delight to work with.
Issac Bassey is a widely travelled costumier who specializes in carnival costumes. Issac, who had a stint with costuming at the Department of Theater Arts, University of Calabar, moved to study proper costuming in Doki, Egypt, and Trinidad and Tobago. He has since costumed numerous stage plays, T.v series, weddings, Festivals & Carnivals. Some of his costuming credits includes; the international Drums festival, (Cairo, Egypt), CARNIRIV (The Port-Harcourt Carnival), The Calabar Carnival, Ogwash Carnival (Delta state), confluence carnival (Kogi state), Wazobia FM Carnival, Lagos, Africaribeanna Carnival,(Unilag), and a host of others.
He currently heads the Artistic Management Affairs Department of Udo Marriam Theatre company. He is also the CEO of Zikky’s creations, a costumes outfit.
Yetunde Mojola is a Nigerian Costumier with over 8 years of experience in the field.
She has a flair for detailed, thematic and artistic costuming which is greatly influenced by dance, movement and nature. She has served as lead costumier on a number of productions/ perfromances and assisted on some.
Some of her costuming credits includes; Moremi the musical, the Butcher and the Brdige, Maltina Dance hall, Lagos Dance Exhibitions 2017. Etc.
Yetunde currently serves as MD/Head designer at COSTUME SHOP.
Costume shop is the leading costume company in Nigeria and caters exclusively to all things costume related.
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