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Rebekah Modrak, Claudia Bitran Recreate Sinking of Titanic

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Clau­dia Bitran directs. Photo by Nick Beardslee. 

On Wednes­day, Octo­ber 24, 2018, Stamps stu­dents from Pro­fes­sor Rebekah Modrak’s Dress­ing Up and Down” course and mem­bers of U‑M’s syn­chro­nized swim­ming club col­lab­o­rated with vis­it­ing mul­ti­me­dia artist Clau­dia Bitran to recre­ate scenes from James Cameron’s block­buster film Titanic” at Can­ham Nata­to­rium. The event was filmed and open to the public. 

New York-based Bitran has been recre­at­ing the famous tragedy since 2014 with more than 500 par­tic­i­pants from 15 cities across the U.S. and Chile. Bitran was on cam­pus part of the Roman J. Witt Vis­it­ing Artist pro­gram at the Stamps School of Art & Design. The project received fund­ing from Arts at Michi­gan and U‑M Athletics.

Mered­ith Bruck­ner cov­ered the col­lab­o­ra­tion for WDIV’s Click on Detroit.

Stu­dents in the Stamps School course Dress­ing Up & Down” cre­ated wear­able props and elab­o­rate cos­tumes to re-envi­sion the scenes where pas­sen­gers are thrown from the sink­ing ship into the frigid waters. 

My role as a fac­ulty mem­ber co-lead­ing the project with vis­it­ing artist Clau­dia Bitran has been to chal­lenge and help stu­dents in the class syn­the­size mul­ti­ple sources into each cos­tume,” pro­fes­sor of the design class Rebekah Mod­rak said in a state­ment ahead of the event.

Cos­tumes will incor­po­rate 1912 fash­ions of first- and third-class pas­sen­gers, minia­ture ice­bergs in frozen waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, ele­ments of life jack­ets, and the insignia of the Marines direct­ing the ship.”

The swim­mers per­formed a mix­ture of orig­i­nal chore­og­ra­phy and rou­tines from the film while Bitran stood by and directed and filmed the performance.

Artist, stu­dents recre­ate sink­ing of Titanic at Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan’s Can­ham Nata­to­rium | clickon​de​troit​.com