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Birds of a feather dance together

I mentioned the opening bird-like dance number at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week as one of my personal highlights of the festival. It was an abstract of a new performance by BalletLab entitled ‘Aviary’. I’m off to the ballet for the very first time (shameful, I know) this evening to see the piece in its full glory.

Aviary is inspired by the 1958 Catalogue d’oiseaux – a series of birdsongsby French composer and ornithologist Olivier Messiaen. The work also extends the idea of being bird-like from wild, naturalistic animals to dandies (also known as peacock-ing after all). Adding to the inherent drama are truly fantastic costumes by Toni Mativcevski and feathered headpieces by milliner Richard Nylon.

I wanted to share with you some of Mativcevski’s original sketches below as well as some of the pages and behind the scenes coverage of a glossy editorial featured in the latest Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

The premiere season of Aviary is sold out. However it will be a feature of the Mona Foma musical arts festival in January 2012. Tickets now available.

Aviary by Phillip Adams BalletLab

Aviary by Phillip Adams BalletLab

Aviary by Phillip Adams BalletLab

Aviary by Phillip Adams BalletLab

Aviary by Phillip Adams BalletLab

Costumes – Toni Maticevski
Millinery – Richard Nylon
Images – 3 Deep with Jeff Busby
Hair & Makeup – Ray Barry, Y Salon
Dancers – Rennie McDougall, Brooke Stamp, Joanne White, Pj Wilson

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