We Found Love in a Hopeless Place

Posted in art, costume, dance, mask, museum, performance by andytoad on March 12, 2012

One of my favorite pieces in the Brooklyn Museum is the Likishi Dance Costume. I make time to see her whenever I visit.

The Museum’s Likishi dance costume in performance, Zambia, 1935 (Photo: Margaret Carson Hubbard)

Museum Text:

Likishi Dance Costume and Accessories (Mwana Pwevo)

Unidentified Luvale artist, late 19th or early 2oth century
Northwest province, Zambia
Fiber, wood, hide, metal, seedpods, bark, rope, hair, organic materials

This complete dance costume shows how masks are normally one part of a larger ensemble. The mask is sewn directly onto the costume of looped bark and fiber, which fits tightly over the body of the dancer. Seedpod rattles and metal bells added a musical aspect to the performance.

Although they are danced by Luvale men, mwana pwevo masks depict women. In order to own and perform with a mask, a man had to symbolically marry it by paying the carver a copper ring as a bride price. In doing so, the dancer made a commitment to honor and care for the spirit represented in the mask. In return, the dancer was able to earn his livelihood performing at local festivals.

Sara Shoot

Posted in andytoad, dance, performance, photography by andytoad on March 6, 2012

Some photographs from my session with Sara.


Posted in andytoad, costume, performance, photography by andytoad on January 2, 2012

Some photos from the Eidolon performances

Time Capsule

Posted in muse, performance, video by andytoad on May 16, 2011

Jillian Mayer… brilliant

I Am Your Grandma
Lyrics and Video: Jillian Mayer

Musical Score: Michael John Hancock
Director of Photography: Daniel Fernandez
Costumes and Masks: Wildchild World
Assistant Director/ Co-Producer/Editor: Lucas Leyva


Posted in costume, dance, NYC, performance by andytoad on August 20, 2010

The Voyage of Garbhglas

Images on my flickr from my friend Christopher’s piece at the Irish Hunger Memorial earlier this month. Carol Binion did the fantastic costumes and I coordinated them for this show. It was a wonder to see winged faeries and “protuberance” demons dancing in Lower Manhattan. Most of these photos I took but there are also some from Michael Wang and James Wagner.

the voyage of garbhglas

Posted in costume, dance, performance by andytoad on August 2, 2010

If you’re in lower Manhattan this week during lunchtime…


Posted in art, dance, performance by andytoad on June 17, 2010

My friend Cori Olinghouse and I continue to work on a project together, a series of experiments in vaudeville and shapeshifting.  Our project is a work in progress so I can’t say much yet. Video from our first showing, The Animal Suite, can be seen here.  And I will share this sketch….

daily muse

Posted in art, inspiration by andytoad on June 11, 2010

(what is this a tumblr account? )


16 Millimeter Earrings

Performed by Meredith Monk at Judson Church 1966


Two Whistles – Apsaroke

Photograph by Edward S. Curtis (early 1900’s)


Still from  – One Hour Photo

Film starring Robin Williams, directed by Mark Romanek, 2002



Posted in art, performance by andytoad on May 22, 2010

Flyer for the show I’m working on. Come.