As a drama major in high school, I realize that even an actor often needs a mask. The visual aspect in the theatre ranges from minimalism regarding costumes and scenery, to theatre that copies, or attempts to create a reality.
I usually attempt to create a reality, but not necessarily a visual one. I search for that one crucial characteristic and emphasize and dramatize it.
Size, color, and the main physical attributes are important elements in symbolizing, conceptualizing and personifying the characters.
The costume helps the actor “enter” his role, not in a forced manner but rather by way of identification. The actor accommodates the characteristics of the role through movement. The ideal costume, adapted to the actor’s body, helps him to express the unique facets of his character.
Movement is at the heart of the matter – both the ends and the means.