AndyToad

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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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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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

Progress

Posted in 5 minute photo, mask, Studio by andytoad on April 3, 2012

Photographs from the studio.

Glamour Masque

 

Hood Maquette

 

Sumptuary Millenary

In the Studio

Posted in process, Studio by andytoad on March 26, 2012

clutter bug

In the photo studio…

Posted in andytoad, costume, mask, performance, photography, Studio by andytoad on November 29, 2011

Eidolon Portraits - Wolf Tryptic

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Wings and Things

Posted in process, Studio by andytoad on October 18, 2011

Test driving a new look...

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Nowhere, soon.

Posted in costume, inspiration, process, Studio by andytoad on February 17, 2011


Costume fitting with Jordan Morley for the Nowhere Project


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Inspiration to travel: http://www.geobeats.com//videoclips/embed/132

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Pink Apocalypse

Posted in Alchemy at Izquierdo Studio, Studio by andytoad on December 13, 2010

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Bears in the Studio

Posted in costume, dance, process, Studio by andytoad on September 5, 2010

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Working away on a set of paper bear heads for choreographer Cori Olinghouse. They will debut in a new dance piece this coming spring. I’m having fun working with Cori, collaborating with her on her experiments in vaudeville and shapeshifting.  I’ve always had a thing for human animal transformations.

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I love this still from a video of Cori creating movement. One of the costume we’ve created (pictured) is a deconstructed backless button down shirt, a boater hat, and some early 1900’s-ish baggy trousers. Various other clothing bits come on an off, in and out  – and there is also an opera glove and cane in the mix as well. More as it develops.

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Whoa…  grizzly bears… dancing…

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