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Cloud Skins

Posted in costume, drawing, process by andytoad on June 30, 2015

Color studies for some recent costumes

collage_cloud skin

COllage_Cloud Skin 003

Collage_Cloud Skin 002

Altered State

Posted in mask, process, Studio by andytoad on June 2, 2015

A set of fantastic Khōn dance masks recently came through my studio.

altered masks

altered masks

I was asked to alter the masks so they could be used in the new stage musical Waterfall which is based on the Thai novel Behind the Painting by Sriburapha.

The masks, from Bangkok, Thailand,  were quite small and had to be enlarged to fit bigger heads. Vision was also difficult in the originals so I lowered the sight lines to the mouths and added mesh to improve vision. It was quite inspiring to explore these masks up close and learn about how they were created. The four originals I received were likely created for rituals and placement on altars – probably never meant to be worn. Nowadays these masks are manufactured and sold to tourists but I’ll admit that I felt the pang of guilt , Western guilt, as I altered these traditional objects from another culture.

original masks

original masks

alteration plan

alteration plan

photo from the book - Khōn Mask: Thailand's Heritage

“The altar is set for the Krob Phra Pirarp rite by H.M. the King” photo from the book – Khōn Mask: Thailand’s Heritage

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ColorForms

Posted in andytoad, collaboration, process, video by andytoad on April 3, 2015

COLORFORM_Raja

Gif clip from a work in progress – Collaboration between Mission Fantasticthe feath3r theory, Andytoad.

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Aidos

Posted in andytoad, costume, dance, process, Studio by andytoad on February 14, 2015

 

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Aidos, a new piece by Douglas Dunn + Dancers, recently had it’s world premiere at BAM Fischer. For the show I designed costumes and objects. Below are some sketches, pieces, and parts from the process.

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crickets for too long

Posted in andytoad by andytoad on February 14, 2015

light head

hello?…

chrysalis

Posted in andytoad, muse by andytoad on May 8, 2014
Winter's grasp is broken by Spring's circle of enchantment and Beltane rituals

Winter’s grasp is broken
by Spring’s circle of enchantment
and Beltane rituals

Holiday with Cthulhu

Posted in andytoad, mask, photography by andytoad on December 24, 2013

Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s brilliance and his most charming creation Cthulhu – Here is a series of photos created with my friend Adam for the holidays.

Yuletude Greetings from the Elder Things and Deep Ones!

Eggnog

Eggnog

 

Group Action

Group Action

 

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

 

 

 

 

Bread and Puppet turns 50

Posted in performance, puppetry by andytoad on December 2, 2013

Shatterer of Worlds
A church-space slowly fills with multitudes of roughly shaped figures.
Perhaps mythic ancient figures – golems, women of Willendorfs, pygmies, giants.
Handmade beautiful grotesques. 
Songs whisper forth from the shadows – found object instrument/machines whistling, klinking, whirring, rattling. 
Puppets are conjured an audience is swallowed.

Below are some photographs from the recent appearance of the Bread and Puppet Theater at the West Park Presbyterian Church, NYC. Taken November 24th, 2013

Shatterer of Worlds curtain    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds curtain       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds (Peter Schumann)    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds (Peter Schumann)       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds       photo: Andytoad

 

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Debut Showing: Ghost Lines

Posted in collaboration, costume, dance, performance by andytoad on November 28, 2013

Coming Soon!
The premiere of a new evening length piece – Ghost Lines – by my friend and collaborator Cori Olinghouse.
Ghost Lines incorporates live performance and film with costume design by me!

Illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke

Illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke

GHOST LINES

December 12-14, 2013
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00PM
Danspace Project:
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Using an archival impulse to channel a lost movement history, Cori Olinghouse’s latest work contains echoes ranging from silent film comedians to Dada, Surrealism, and Oskar Schlemmer, the Bauhaus’ choreographer of unusual visual ballets. A cast of accomplished dancers: Michelle Dorrance, Elizabeth Keen, Mina Nishimura, and Eva Schmidt scramble through multiple personalities and pseudo stories.

As part of the evening, Olinghouse and film artist, Shona Masarin merge creative processes with a 16mm black & white film that uses traditional animation techniques, hand processing, chemical experiments, collage, painting, and drawing. In the film, Olinghouse acts as a medium, conjuring imagery from our collective unconscious, allowing a series of imagined spaces, forms, characters, and personalities to drift through her body, take form, and dissolve again. Drawn to the mechanics of the medium as it relates to perception, kinetics, and optical illusion, they look for rhythms and startling chance compositions that confuse, seduce, and assault the senses.

Costumes by Andrew Jordan
Lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann
Sound design for live choreography by Ryan Ross Smith
Sound design for film by Andrew Hurst

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:  Danspace Projects

Photograph from the set of Ghost Lines

Photograph from the set of Ghost Lines    photo: Andytoad

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Posted in andytoad, mask by andytoad on November 27, 2013
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