Getting that mood indigo…

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The video is a Zagreb animation Osvetnik (Dušan Vukotić, 1958). Filled with lilac scenes.

These Francis Bacon paintings are the tones I’m looking for in the bar scene. I want a brown/manila tone for the floor and bar with black lines. and purples for the characters and significant props in the background. Even the wine and food will be purple.

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another Dušan Vukotić animation Koncert za mašinsku pušku (1958) this time in greys and browns. I love the style of this one and how the animation is synced with the music. Some brilliant visuals in there.

A couple more colour references. The Witches and The Milk Tray Man.

Geisha Boy Geisha Girl

This is a video piece I made with my sister Romy some years ago, but it’s relevant to this project. I was looking back at it for a close look at some details on the Geisha’s kimonos and the ornament they wear in their hair.

Costume

I’m getting some inspiration for Ariel’s transformation into a Harpy from the irrepressible Karen O. These stage costumes are designed by Christian Joy.

Sagi Musume

A sensational on-stage transformation in Kabuki. The play is Sagi Musume, meaning Heron Maiden. The actor is Bando Tamasaburo, a celebrated onnagata (man specialising in female roles.) In Kabuki it is customary for all female roles to be performed by men, much like the actors of Shakespeare’s time. However, the earliest form of Kabuki, during the Edo period, was in fact performed by an all female cast until it was outlawed for women to appear on the Kabuki stage in 1629.