LACMA exhibition of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage
LACMA exhibition of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

A Look Back at the LACMA Exhibition Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

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A year ago this week, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in Los Angles opened the Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. The exhibition concentrated on Marc Chagall’s designs for four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloéby Maurice Ravel (1958), and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967). The exhibition featured the artist’s vibrant costumes and set designs—some of which had never been exhibited since they appeared on stage. Though you might have missed the exhibition it is worth getting a look at the exhibition in this video that brings together the worlds of art, music, and costume design to reflect on Chagall's designs for the ballet and opera. Featuring costume designer Albert Wolsky, costume historian Bobi Garland, visual artist Frances Stark, opera director and Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage exhibition designer Yuval Sharon, LACMA installation specialist Melinda Kerstein, and LACMA curators of Costume & Textiles Clarissa Esguerra and Kaye Spilker. 

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Titanic The Musical, presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus
Titanic The Musical, presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus

Serenbe Playhouse Sinks the Titanic, Nightly

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This summer, the Serenbe Playhouse is producing Titanic: The Musical in which the ship is submerged nightly. Here’s a video documentary on the design and installation process as well as the actors and stunt coordinator working on this ambitious production that features Serenbe’s Artistic Director and Director of Titanic, Brian Clowdus along with Set Designer, Adam Koch, and Associate Designer, Steven Royal: {youtube}v=dU78EGjZLHY{/youtube}

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Danielle Preston
Danielle Preston

Danielle Preston: Costume Design & Identity

Porsche McGovern

I met Danielle Preston through a Facebook group. Danielle Preston is a freelance costume designer based in Washington DC. Danielle has designed for The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Theater for Young Audiences, The Lincoln Center, Theater J, Triad Stage, Theater Alliance DC, 1st Stage, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Bristol Valley Theater. Danielle was a recipient of the William R. Kenan Jr. Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center in Costume Design and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellowship in Costume Design Education. She is a member of the Costume Society of America and United Scenic Artists Local 829. She holds a BA in Theater Production from Meredith College and an MFA in Costume Design from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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J.A. Moad II, in “Outside Paducah - the Wars at Home” that received two NYIT nominations, Outstanding Innovative Design - Lisa Renkel for her projection design and J.A. Moad II for Outstanding Solo Performance.
J.A. Moad II, in “Outside Paducah - the Wars at Home” that received two NYIT nominations, Outstanding Innovative Design - Lisa Renkel for her projection design and J.A. Moad II for Outstanding Solo Performance.

The New York Innovation Theatre Foundation Announces 2018 Nominations

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On Monday, July 23, 2018, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation (NYIT), the organization who for the past 14 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2018 nominees at its annual event, The IT Party. The 2018 recipients will be awarded from a pool of 157 individual artists, 53 different productions, and 52 different theatre companies. 

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The Palace Portal drop for Head over Heels
The Palace Portal drop for Head over Heels

Painting the Palace Portal for Head Over Heels

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Here’s a video from Scenic Art Studios, located in Newburgh, NY painting the Palace Portal drop for the Broadway show, Head Over Heels. The drop, designed by Scenic Designer, Julian Crouch was painted by Lead Artist Irina Portnyagina, Natali Pinchuk, Jocelyn Henry, Tisha Paige, and Ivan Pazlamatchev.
 
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