Running up to the release of The Last Jedi, the traveling exhibition Star Wars Identities has landed near Curated HQ. It’s a journey into what forms our identity and that of the characters of Star Wars.
Star Wars Identities is a traveling exhibition of costumes, concept art, and props from the movies and series. Although the original trilogy and prequel trilogy are mostly what you get to see, there are some cool artifacts from The Clone Wars and a helmet from The Force Awakens. But, mainly, this exhibition is for the fans of episodes 1 through 6.
The tour starts off with an audio guide and a bracelet. The bracelet is equipped with an RFID-tag that saves your choices throughout the exhibition. Choices? Yes, choices. You will go on a virtual journey to discover your own identity and create your own Star Wars character. Sounds goofy, but it’s actually a lot of fun. It gets you interested and invested in the educational part of the tour.
Now, don’t run when you hear educational. It’s actually pretty interesting. The story of the exhibition takes you through a scientific explanation of how identity is formed (in humans) and how the choices and circumstances in Star Wars changed the main characters. It’ll get you to reexamine some of the things that you do or have lived through.
Alongside the identity-quest is the Star Wars part of the tour. This means a generous dose of Ralph McQuarrie, props and costumes. For me the display with all the starships took the cake. In one exhibit they show pretty much the motherload with X-wings, TIE fighters and a huge Star Destroyer.
Identities features a lot of original costumes, all worn by the actors. You can examine Lukes pilot uniform and garments worn by Princess Leia during the filming of Empire Strikes Back. And yes, that metal bikini is there as well. A special moment right before the end of the exhibit is the Darth Vader costume worn by David Prowse.
All in all Star Wars Identities is a well-rounded attraction. They don’t just show you the art and costumes and send you on your merry way. They try and provide a deeper meaning to Star Wars and to the props that they display. That deeper meaning of identity and the scientific concepts behind it, make the Star Wars props look even cooler than it already did.
Currently, the exhibition is in Utrecht, The Netherlands until the 11th of March 2018. Tickets are available here. No further tour dates have been announced. International visitors need not worry, the tour is both in Dutch and English.