Wednesday, 02 October 2013
IRIS VAN HERPEN COSTUMES FOR NEW YORK CITY BALLET
More about the costumes and the collaberation here.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD (DANCE OF REALITY) TRAILER - DIRECTED BY ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY
Was happy to find the trailer for Jodorowsky's new film, LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD (DANCE OF REALITY), which debuted at Cannes last May. My dear friend in Mexico City Alisarine Ducolomb did the production design on the film, which she has been telling me about for sometime. I am look forward to seeing LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD, which is described as "a magic-realist memoir" of Jodorowsky's youth.
Thursday, 08 August 2013
FUTURE RITUAL - DIEGO MONTOYA
Diego Montoya is a Brooklyn based fashion/costume designer and installation artist. His background designing circus costumes influenced a signature whimsical quality in his work, including his menswear line which is heavily spandexed and made for playfulness. Diego is currently working on a series of interactive installations that will merge his fashion and environmental designs to create an immersive, multidimensional experience. The images above are from the upcoming fall winter collection which is a futuristic take on ritualistic dresses for men. For more info on the current collection and other project visit
LOLLAPALOOZA 2013 - LAURA DUNCAN REPORT
My dear friend, LA stylist Laura Duncan who works with Dita and styles Perry Farrell, spent the weekend at Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago. I asked Laura to give us a report and here are some words and picutures from her weekend.
"How do you bring 300,000 people together to one park to dance, sing and rejoice to their hearts content? Leave it to Master mind Perry Farrell to work his magic to gather some of the best musical acts in the world to play over the course of 3 days and 8 stages in center of Chicago's Grant park. Lollapalooza 2013 was not to be missed!
Our little crew of fashion mischief makers made the pilgrimage in high style from Los Angeles to Chicago as guests of Perry and Etty Farrell to attend this mind blowing festivity. Miss Dita Von Teese (needs no explanation), Jody O'Keefe (jewelry Designer), Danielle Motor (from the band Swagger) Jessicka Adams (singer of Scarling), Tosh Sherman (fashion Designer), and Eric Szmanda (CSI star).
The mission at hand, to have the most magical experience of our lives! We danced, laughed and got all together down right silly. Bands like New Order, NIN, Queens of the Stone Age, and of course The Cure rocked our little hearts into a pleasure frenzy.
Yacht day! We went on a beautiful champagne fuled river tour of chicago's amazing skyline!
Dita Von Teese enticing us with her stunning ensemble. Donning her new Argentinean gambler hat, Dress by Maria Lucia Hohan and Vivienne Westwood heels.
Thank you Laura. You can follow Laura on instagram: lauraduncanart.
Monday, 05 August 2013
Dmitry Byalik shot the “Last Dance” in North Carolina
Dear shaded viewers,
This is NY artist Dmitry Byalik’s vision of the apocalypse. Two ballerinas are performing their last dance before the end of the world.
Read the whole story on Image Noire
Saturday, 03 August 2013
KaoRi's Ballet Concert - Short Version -
March 22 2013 at Shinsekai Theater Tokyo
KaoRi's Ballet Concert -Short Version-
Act 1 Improvisation Dance costume by YUIMA NAKAZATO
Act 2 Ballet Lesson Concert
costume & stage set by YOSHIKAZU YAMAGATA (wittenafterwards)
Act 3 Peter Rabbit from the movie < おとぎ話みたい -OTOGIVANASHI MITAI- >
music played and witten by KAZUKI ARIMA (OTOGIVANASHI)
Insert movies directed and written by SAKI YAMADA
Choreography and performance by KaoRi
Piano performance and arrange by SHUJI KISHIDA
Tuesday, 04 June 2013
LOW LIFE 7: BOWERY BOMBSHELLS at HOWL! Festival in Tompkins Square Park, New York City. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio
This past Sunday--which was a balmy, humid, sexy day--I attended the Jackie 60's crew Bowery Bombshells show in Tompkins Square Park, which was part of the yearly HOWL! festival. It was quite a treat but far from fluffy as there were many wonderful literary and New York historical anecdotes throughout. Homage was paid to Lower East Side legendary women from the 19th century to recently--so there were some bittersweet moments concerning a couple of women I actually knew back in the day.
Here is some of the background from the Low Life Facebook page and then I'll walk you through my photos:
The storied history of the EAST VILLAGE and THE LOWER EAST SIDE was made in part by a glorious mix of female firebrands, artists, libertines, showgirls and other pioneers - the inspiration for this year's LOW LIFE @ HOWL. Now in its seventh year as the closing show at the HOWL! FESTIVAL, LOW LIFE is produced by East Village based performance/club collective THE JACKIE FACTORY and its entertaining masterminds CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL.
Their 2013 edition will be a 90 minute free
outdoor spectacle, starring generations of NYC contemporary and
alternative performers and ensembles. From East Village icons to
emerging stars, each will present an homage (in dance, song, striptease,
dramatic reading etc.) to one of the title's BOWERY BOMBSHELLS.
These tributes will span more than a century: East 13th Street resident and Anarchist EMMA GOLDMAN, writer and John Waters star COOKIE MUELLER, Brooklyn-born MAE WEST, who began her career in the neighborhood's vaudeville theaters, Bowery icon and tavern-keeper SLUGGER ANN (grandmother of JACKIE CURTIS), La MaMa titaness ELLEN STEWART, Velvet Underground chanteuse NICO, neo-psychedelic star WENDY WILD, Beat Goddess DIANE DI PRIMA, artist GREER LANKTON, celebrated lesbian and pioneering decorator ELSIE DE WOLFE, poet laureate PATTI SMITH and more.
So good to see the Dueliing Bankheads again. These pickled dames have been around for 20+ years, at least! I'll never forget the night they played Squeezebox--and didn't go on until 4:30am!--and did a toilet-humor version of "Bela Lugosi's Dead."
For HOWL! they did a bawdy, un-pc tribute to lesbian interior decorator Elsie de Wolfe: "It's a nice day for a DYKE wedding!" Of course it also worked as both a tribute and a satire of the gay marriage zeitgeist.
I took this photo today--I walk up Irving Place every morning on my way to work at Tiffany's. It's the former home of Washington Irving but later on lesbian decorator Elsie de Wolfe lived here. Oscar Wilde lived next door. Paul Alexander and Chi Chi talked about it from the stage.
This was the tribute to East Village puppet maker Greer Lankton (who went from male to female when she was 14). She had a shop on East 6th or 7th street in the mid '80s called EINSTEIN'S and well, because my babysitter used to push my stroller into the shop every week in 1986ish, I actually remember the place well. I have vivid memories of the fabulously creepy dolls that were propped up in the window and all around the store. The clothes for sale were interesting too. I really miss that place! I sort-of remember seeing Greer at the Pyramid Club and her looking like one of her dolls.
The sublime, postmodern tribute to Nico.
A burlesque tribute to anarchist Emma Goldman.
Justin Vivian Bond did a lively, hilarious reading of a Cookie Mueller poem about golden showers.
The afternoon's marvelous hosts, Jackie founding legends Chi Chi Valenti and Paul Alexander. Johnny Dynell, another Jackie founder, was backstage commandeering the soundtracks.
A tribute photo of Wendy Wild, who was a friend of mine in the late '80s and '90s. She passed away from breast cancer in 1996. She was a guest on my TV show filmed at Wigstock on the piers in '95. Every Sunday night I hung out with her at the Pyramid Club when she was doing coatcheck, and I never missed a performance of her band Das Furlines at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut or any peformance of her character Joey Heatherock, based on Joey Heatherton, whom she resembled. I really miss Wendy!
Jessica Rabbit did a highly energetic and captivating can-can dance.
Velocity Chyaldd as Mae West. Gorgeous! Mae West was born in Bushwich, Brooklyn. She visited the notorious Suicide Hall at 295 Bowery in the 1920s as research for her novelization of "Diamond Lil."
Thanks for reading.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
MAYA DEREN - PHOTO
I found this beautiful picture of Maya Deren.
Monday, 24 December 2012
MADS DINESEN OPENING AT XXX BERLIN
Better late then never, right ? I am behind again on posts, sorry.
A photograpic performance by Andrea Splisgar, Mali Lazell and Mads Dinesen.
Installation, photography and soundtrack by Mali Lazell, Frauke Schmidt and Mads Dinesen.
Soundsculpture by Frauke Schmidt and Mads Dinesen.
THE SWAN KILLER
DER MONDANE TIGER with the voice of Andrea Splisgar narrating THE SWAN KILLER from the 'Anthology of black humour' by Andre Breton.
Andrea Splisgar and hans h.
Was great evening. Enjoyed seeing Mads collection for XXX, especially the finely breaded hair veils on the hats.
It was my first time at XXX and the space was great, featuring works of various designers and artist as a small cafe in the back.
Andrea's narration of THE SWAN KILLER from the 'Anthology of black humour by Andre Breton playing inside the wardrobe below, was beautiful and haunting.
WARDROBE JUST IN THE DISTANCE WHERE ANDREAS NARRATION OF BLACK SWAN WAS PLAYING AND ON SALE.
Tim Van Den Oudenhoven, Mads Dinesen, Andres Ernst, Andrea Splisgar, Krista Figacz, Michelle Baards, Yoshihiro Shimomura, Hans H., Maurice Hermes, Me and Filsproduction (sorry any names and face I missed)
If you are in Berlin and have a chance defiantly check out XXX.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Voguing ball at la Menagerie de Verre - video by David J Romero
For the second time, dansers Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud were organizing their Voguing ball at la Menagerie de Verre, giving Carte Blanche to some Voguing dansers around Paris.
This event inspired by New York club culture in the 80s happened on the 12th of October and was covered by Mexican photorapher and film director David J Romero. As the 31st of October night is approaching he had fun making a very halloween version of the party.