AndyToad

Cloud Skins

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

Color studies for some recent costumes

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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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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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Cryptid Miscellanea

Posted in andytoad, costume, drawing, mask, NYC by andytoad on August 22, 2013

Earlier this summer I was asked by illustrator Bil Donavan to take part in a mythology themed drawing night at the Society of Illustrators.  It sounded like fun so I gathered together some of the creature costumes that I’ve created over the past few years and took them to over to the Society. Working together with three models I created a motley crew of fantastic beings that were then drawn by the illustrators in attendance.  Such fun! It was such a great experience to see my designs come to life and be rendered in pen, ink, watercolor…  – with such amazing illustrative talent!  Below are a few images that were graciously shared with me by the artists.

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

The Minotaur modeling    photo: Bil Donavan

The Minotaur modeling    photo: Bil Donavan

 

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Man From the Sea

Posted in andytoad, collaboration, costume, mask, performance by andytoad on August 15, 2013

Photographs of a costume recently made with Baxton Alexander.

Costume and photography collaboration with Baxton Alexander

It came from the deep to watch the sun set       photo: Andytoad

Shells skirt and mask

Shell skirt and mask       photo:Andytoad

Old Man From the Sea Mask

mask detail       photo: Andytoad

Blob experiments

Posted in costume, performance, process by andytoad on June 30, 2013

 

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The Stealing of the Kine

Posted in costume, dance, mask, performance by andytoad on February 2, 2013

Last week in Philadelphia, in the Conwell Dance Theater at Temple University, Wolf-in-Skins (a dance-opera I have been designing with co-creators Christopher Williams and Gregory Spears) had it’s avant-premiere showing of act one. My costume designs for the opera’s supernatural characters made their first appearance on stage. Many thanks to an amazingly gifted cast of dancers and singers who transformed and transported us to netherworld realms.

I had my camera with me during the dress rehearsal. Here are some photos of my costume designs for the race of the “Fay.”

Gwrgi, Bleiddwen, Gwyddrud and Gwydden (Matthew Flatley, Kira Blazek, Jordan Isadore and Steven Zarzecki)

Gwrgi, Bleiddwen, Gwyddrud and Gwydden (Matthew Flatley, Kira Blazek, Jordan Isadore and Steven Zarzecki) _  photo: AndyToad

Llaethwen, Llaethenwen and Maiddwen (Chelsea Retzloff, Caitlin Scranton and Andrew Champlin)

Llaethwen, Llaethenwen and Maiddwen (Chelsea Retzloff, Caitlin Scranton and Andrew Champlin) _  photo: AndyToad

A pack of wolves and hounds

A pack of wolves and hounds _ photo: AndyToad

See more photos here.

 As for the future of Wolf-in-Skins, we will continue working on its second act this year, and the complete dance-opera is slated for debut in New York City in 2014. More info as it develops

Behind the Scenes

Posted in costume, dance, mask, process by andytoad on January 13, 2013
Detail from a fitting. Photo Andytoad

Edward in a fitting. _  Photo: AndyToad

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Lupine and Canine

Posted in costume, mask, process, Studio by andytoad on August 28, 2012

In the studio sculpting wolves and hounds for “Wolf-in-Skins.” _  photo: AndyToad

cul de cerf

Posted in costume, fashion, muse by andytoad on August 2, 2012

Photo: Kay-Paris Fernandes pour Mademoiselle à Paris

On Aura Tout Vu
Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collection – “Somewhere Else Kingdom
at the Jardin de Palais Royale during Paris Couture Fashion Week

I’m not really sure about the rest of the collection, but the guys with deer butts are definitely harbingers of fall fashion…

Photo: Kay-Paris Fernandes pour Mademoiselle à Paris

Photo: Kay-Paris Fernandes pour Mademoiselle à Paris

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