Alexander Ruth works as a visual artist and designer in various media across the Performing Arts, with a special interest in costume based performance. He has worked as a fashion designer in Paris and London before starting his research and practice in performance. Initially trained at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion, Ruth's practice focuses on the performative nature of costumes with a strong research interest in costumes as autonomous art objects, questioning the perception of costumes outside the immediate / alternative performance contexts.
He currently lectures Research in Performance across the Undergraduate Performance Courses at LCF and works as an Associate Lecturer with the MA Fashion Futures Course also at LCF.
His research interest is in Future Studies in design for the Performing Arts, examining the process of performance design and creation in relation to new technology, new models of cross disciplinary collaboration as well as the subject of speculative design with new research methods within narrative based performance. His most recent costume design piece in collaboration with the designer Clare McGarrigle is the R&D project Flatland in which new technology is researched by using performance as a research method.
Most recent exhibitions and Awards include:
Linbury Prize for Stage Design, London, 2013
World Stage Design Exhibition, Cardiff, 2013
Make Believe: British Performance Design Exhibition 2011-2014, Nottingham, 2015
Production Design for Scottish Dance Theatre Miann, 2014/ 15
Design for Flatland, Extant Theatre Company in Collaboration with the Open University, 2015
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Costume at the Turn of the Century (1990 - 2015) - Moscow, Russia - AABSCTM - June-August 2015
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