Being invited by my friends Freddy and Paddy from Footsbarn Theatre in France to make two days of puppet and mechanical workshops was fantastic fun. I prepared various head and hand puppet projects that could be achieved within 3-4 hours, and then people could go off and perform with them or dance all night to the brilliant musicals artists.
A Dynym Quid with anamatronics, appeared in the casino scene with lots of other space oddities.It had face parts and tentacle moving with a performer inside. Images from the Star War official movie companion magazine.
This is a really nice and interesting project, the creation of and build of the mechanical dress for a dancer. To make it happen I have part funded it and if successful it will be on stage at the end of October in London at Sadlers Wells, London. Here is my first sketch.
In collaboration with Andy Roberts and after a two weeks of designing and testing movements with fabrics we finally settled on three movements. A top chest twist, a skirt lift and a tummy loop. Four weeks later its was ready on a corset to be sent to the dress designer to work out how to interface with the movements.
There are some fantastic coup de théâtre moments: the dress that moves by itself, twisting into new shapes as if possessed, like an haute couture version of Alien;
“dresses which seem to move of their own accord, and in one noirish sequence worthy of a Lady Gaga video, a dress which moves like it has a python inside it, forcing its wearer to totter on her heels while three vampish ladies practically climb on tables to get a better look at her.”
Freelanced at John Nolan’s Studio making the Peacock tail lifting mechanics. John has to be responsible for producing some of the best creatures around.