An immersive experience responding to cultural violence and disappearance that churns up themes of hidden histories, broken tongues, and premature death- told through movement, language, and video projection.
What Remains is a performance and installation created by writer Claudia Rankine, filmmaker John Lucas, and choreographer Will Rawls. Through movement, language and video projection, three performers will occupy an immersive environment built on the idea of an entombed imagination. Churning up themes of hidden histories, broken tongues and premature death, What Remains responds to cultural violence and disappearance with a resonant, ghostly chorus. For the BRIClab residency, the team will focus on developing the movement and text aspects of the project.
Production Position: Costume Designer, Hair and Make up Stylist.
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
March - April 2017
Breaking The Waves
In conjunction with the 2017 PROTOTYPE Festival, world Premiere chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek is based on the 1996 Academy Award-nominated film by Lars von Trier. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970s, Breaking the Waves tells the story of Bess McNeill, a religious young woman with a deep love for her husband Jan, a handsome oil rig worker. When Jan becomes paralyzed in an off-shore accident, Bess’s marital vows are put to the test as he encourages her to seek other lovers and return to his bedside to tell him of her sexual activities. He insists that the stories will feel like they are making love together and keep him alive. Bess’s increasing selflessness leads to a finale of divine grace, but at great cost.
Production Position: Assistant Wardrobe Coordinator and Head Dresser
Skirball Centre for the Performing Arts
November - December 2016
The Planet Eaters
American Dancer and performance artist, Will Rawls created a duet for dancer and musician that uses rhythm as a connective tissue between movement, sound, song and pageantry
Production Position: Costumier
National Museum of the National Indian
The Resurrection Plot
French performance artist Pauline Curnier Jardin's "Resurrection Plot"! A tongue-like chanteuse sang to a full house sat around of "magical pool" of merchants, snails, and écorchés.
Production Position: Wardrobe Manager and Costumier
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn
Francesco Vezzoli’s performance Fortuna Desperata opens the Performa 15 biennial with a dramatic illumination of the birth of ballet, exploring the form’s earliest incarnations in the royal courts of the Italian Renaissance.
In collaboration with Dancer David Hallberg, Principal Dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, the performance revives and translates ballet’s beginnings and the period’s pageantry for a contemporary audience, bringing the past into dialogue with the present. Drawing on aesthetic principles of order, proportion, perspective and geometry on which Renaissance art, architecture, and design are grounded, the piece is a historic excerpt, a renaissance itself that resuscitates complex moral representations of divinity and the cosmos prevalent during the time.
Role in Production: Wardrobe Manager and Milliner
Performa 15 Opening Night
October - November 2015
St Bartholomews Church, New York
Underground: The Julian Assange Story
Julian Assange is one of the most significant figures of the twenty first century. But before he was famous, before WikiLeaks, before the internet even existed, he was a teenage computer hacker in Melbourne. This is his story. In 1989, known as 'Mendax', Assange and two friends formed a group called the 'International Subversives'. Using early home computers and defining themselves as 'white hat hackers' - those who look but don't steal - they broke into some of the world's most powerful and secretive organisations. They were young, brilliant, and in the eyes of the US Government, a major threat to national security. At the urging of the FBI, the Australian Federal Police set up a special taskforce to catch them. But at a time when most Australian police had never seen a computer, let alone used one, they had to figure out just where to begin. Police ingenuity and old-fashioned detective work are pitted against nimble, highly skilled young men in this new crime frontier.
Role in production: Costumier and Wardrobe Assistant
Curse of the Mummy 'Sleep no More'
The McKittrick Hotel, which is the home of the long-running, critically acclaimed Sleep No More, celebrates Halloween with two nights of costumed festivities for the premiere after-parties for the Temple Pictures film "The Curse of the Mummy."
The parties, which will be held at the McKittrick Oct. 30-31, immediately following each evening's performance of Sleep No More, will feature Maximillian Martel and Violet DeWinter, stars of the film who also frequent the hotel on a nightly basis.
"The McKittrick — as it does annually — has conceived an entirely original Halloween celebration, this year an homage to classic Hollywood horror flicks with bottomless libations, live music, surprise guests DJs and specially-crafted entertainment inspired by classic movie monsters, reimagined as only The McKittrick can," press notes state. "The evening will also feature, for guests who so desire, an Egyptian-inspired dining experience by Chef R. L. King."
Guests attending Sleep No More Oct. 30-31 will have the opportunity to tour the hotel in costume prior to attending the festivities after the show.
"How fitting to celebrate Halloween this year with parties in honor of our new film, 'The Curse of the Mummy,'" Maximillian and Violet said in a joint statement. "We must insist that all who attend do so dressed for the occasion — as harem girls, nomads, serpent charmers, sword swallowers, pharaohs, mummies, traders, treasure hunters, archaeologists, and the bizarre of the bazaar... but only if you are 21 or over, since things are bound to turn macabre. It is Halloween, after all."
- playbill.com article
Production Position: Costume and Wardrobe Assistant to Cameron Loeb
The Mckittrick Hotel, New York
June - October 2013
Behind Closed Doors
Production Position: Costume Designer and Milliner
Melbourne, July - November 2012
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The play has four different and distinct worlds – the world of the court where Theseus is the authority and administers the law, the world of the lovers which is suffused with passion, romance and danger, the magical world of the Fairies where Oberon and Titania rule and which is in disarray because of their dispute over the changeling boy, and the comic world of the mechanicals. The dramatic conflict arises when these worlds collide – the desires of two of the lovers is in direct opposition to the law of the court; the lovers and the mechanicals both enter the enchanted wood and fall foul of Puck’s pranks; and Bottom’s presence in the wood leads to Titania's being tricked into loving an ass. What unites these worlds is that the characters want something that they cannot have, and the action comes from how they scheme and manipulate others to get their heart’s desire.
Production Position: Work Experience assisting Costume Designer Isla Shaw
The Globe Theatre, London
January - February 2012
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Theatre production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Production Position: Costume Design Assistant to Sophia Anastasiou
Mountain District Musical Society, Melbourne
April - June 2011
The theatre producion of Moliere.
Production Position: Assistant Costume Designer to Sophia Asastasiou
Melbourne French Theatre
September - November 2011
Written by Louis Nowra.
Director Alan Chambers uses a stylistic setting and the inspired use of men’s pyjamas as inmate costuming. He begins the performance in a darkly disturbing and potentially overwhelming manner with the intense use of sound and strobe lighting – suggesting volatility. We also watch a live cat being fondled by Doug (Joseph Appleton). This hints at the possibility of the animal being harmed in a psychotic episode. Doug has a history of setting fire to cats, hence the provocative theatre listing asking “how do you like your pussy” in the Age Newspaper.
Mr Chambers also introduces a ‘wildcard’ element of a
Vietnamese Psychiatric Nurse. Though food for thought, this choice is hard to completely validate as probable in the era of the story. However it does prove that Nowra’s robust writing allows room for interpretation. It also implies Mr Chambers is inclined to make brave and challenging choices.
Ultimately Nowra’s light, lyrical and sensitive touch takes over. Humour and pathos balances his portrayal of these convincingly penned wacky asylum inmates and some of the social mores and political history of the early 1970’s. It is a beautifully constructed and very funny play that has become a social document and an inspired choice for VCE English this year.
In a time before many asylums for the insane were disbanded, Lewis (Patrick Tucker), a mild mannered young University student, has taken on the task of running a Drama class in a mental institution, with inmates suffering various degrees and types of illness. It is ‘touch and go’ as to whether Lewis has the strength of character to manage and meld the group to the point where they can present a performance. He succeeds despite his own naivety, sexual harassment from Cherry (Gabrielle Scawthorn) and relentless disparaging comments about Theatre Directors from Roy (Chris Gaffney), the general enthusiast behind the project.
Production Position: Costume Design Assistant to Sophia Anastasiou