After some improvisation by the actors, The Artist dumped The Socialite for a more lucrative romance with The Philanthropist.
For last November’s STRUTT, Christine and I went for broke. We designed and built a six-piece project called The Head Table. Caricatures of the bigwigs who buy a table for the Niagara Artists Centre’s annual wearable art show mingled with the audience before the show and during the intermission. The heads were brought to life by funny and talented actors, who played with oversized phones and acted-up in the best possible ways.
The Head Table returned to the stage for STRUTT”s final number, which featured Acadian hip-hop artists Radio Radio performing their hit Ej Feel Zoo, accompanied by a children’s dance troupe and trapeze artists. The children and The Head Table danced in unison, imitating the moves seen in Radio Radio’s video for the song.
I made the styrofoam heads over eight weeks, in the process filling the backyard and studio with a Christmas display worth of foam bits. Christine sewed the “dickies” that worked as a transition from the heads to the vintage clothing, picked out by STRUTT producer Annie Wilson.
One of the excellent things about STRUTT is how well documented it is. Photographer Brian Yungblutt shoots every performer before they go out on stage (see all the photos HERE), providing an essential record of a night that whips by way too fast. Below, I’ve included Brian’s photos of The Head Table along with my own close-ups, actors’ notes, and production drawings.
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STRUTT was on the front page of Sunday’s St. Catherines Standard website. The photo captures the show closer: Swizzle Studio’s The Head Table and dozens of children dancing to a live performance of Radio Radio’s Ej Feel Zoo.
Rob with all six completed heads (l to r: The Socialite, The Professor, The Artist, The Columnist, The Philantropist, and The Politician (click image to view large)
Christine and I finished up the giant heads and accompanying costumes and accessories last week. We opened Swizzle Studio’s front door to show the finished foam sculptures to our friends and neighbours.
The Head Table will come to life on Saturday, November 22, at STRUTT, the jaw-dropping wearable art show in St. Catherines, Ontario.
For information and tickets: http://struttwearableartshow.ca/
My excellent contractors Simon and Donay try out the oversized smart phones and camera.
My 6’5″ friend Ryan provides a useful gauge to measure the “The Artist” by.
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Tagged 2014, Christine Cosby, faom, heads, mascots, NAC, party, Rob Elliott, sculpture, STRUTT, Swizzle Studio, The Head Table