Collaborative opera with Cordey Lopez and Danni Tsuboi at the Museum of Human Achievemnt
Plasma Pool vi: Altar 7
Entre Chien Et Loup
Collaborative Installation with Danni Tsuboi, Cordey Lopez and Alex Whittlesey at Test Tube Gallery, Austin Texas
RATSKI is a short puppet vignette developed by Olivia Warner and Chris (Bear) Gannon. Puppet by Olivia, Story be Bear.
Stop the Press!
Costumes for the production of Stop the Press!
This show was about the death of print media, the coming singularity, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, automata, and more.
The set featured a giant balloon onto which was projected a giant eye, the face of Ray Kurzweil and the General Electric trademark. There were four stages, including a rotating “carousel” in the middle. The audience stands between the stages and is free to move about the space.
The costumes were made to suggest a cast of disintegrating automata, trapped in a theme ride that is slowly slipping into obsolesce, along with the rest of technology.
UCSC Theatre Arts and Digital Arts and New Media collaboration.
Photo credit: Steve DiBartolomeo
This collection was created an alternative/radical fashion show. My theme was deviant sexuality, fetish and heresy. I explored the intersection between sexual and religious fetishism. The fetishes I chose were: nurse, parapeligic, necrophilia, “furry”, dominatrix, chastity belt, and clown/circus, mother Mary with a halo of birth control, a traditional bride in a wedding sheet, and Leda and the “swan”. The outfits are made from recycled and reclaimed materials.
“Operation Margarine” is based on an essay by Roland Barthes about the value of fakeness. This project explores the relationship between real and fake fur. The two different materials express the same concept and often look identical, yet one is stigmatized for its association with cruelty, and the other is marketed for its physical similarities to fur, minus the guilt. Humans can eat and wear animals, or they can eat and wear fakeness. I can make no judgement as to whether it is better to consume brutal reality or the synthetic/artificial alternative. Consumption can only be understood through its paradoxes.
I used a bag of fur scraps, given to me inexplicably by my mother, for the fur dress. The process of touching, smelling and sewing yards of fur together was overwhelming at times. The fake dress is made from roughly two dozed gutted teddy bears.
The performance of Operation Margarine is staged as a factory that produces three products: “real”, “fake” and “harmful”. We stuff empty toys with the product of the audience member’s choosing. A “real” toy is stuffed with meat. A “fake” toy is stuffed with polyfill. A “harmful” toy is stuffed with broken glass. Modeled and prefomed by Brianna and myself.
These are some photos from an outing.
La Escuela de la Comedia y el Mimo
Photos from my work at La Escuela de la Comedia y el Mimo in Granada, Nicaragua from February to October 2012.
I work as costume designer, creating costumes for the children’s shows and the adult troupe. I helped create ‘Café Mágico’, a full length play. I also am the puppet instructor, I directed the production ‘El Principito’ (The Little Prince).
Photos of costumes for the productions of La Escuela de la Comedia y el Mimo Escuela Infantíl
Thank you to Julien Cinier for the photos
Final Dance of Café Mágico
Cafe Magico, video
Puppet design, construction and manipulation for The Votex’s original production The Chimponauts in Space.
Original concept drawings and completed, fully mechanized puppets built on backpack frames.
Hardon My Sleeve
The Hardon My Sleeve event took place at the Brooklyn Observatory in the fall of 2012. It was a variety show about dildos and strap-on harnesses.
Hard-On My Sleeve Part 1
Hard-On My Sleeve Part 2
I designed and directed this show for QFS 2010. It is an interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid. The show features a full body corset mermaid tail that is cut open on stage.
This piece was made for the Nutira-palooza fashion show at House of Yes.
Production of Trojan Women by Wide Eyed Productions. Co-designed with Jaco Connolly. New York, 2011.
Costumes for the Lit Moon play “The Wedding”, inspired by a Nicolai Gogol play. Preformed in United States and Poland.