Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Wednesday 12th Nov: PARIS: Travelling Lady, Jessica Mitrani et Rossy de Palma


Last week I returned to Paris to visit my NYC BFF's threeAsFOUR and see the show that they have been collaborating on costumes for "Travelling Lady".   Jessica Mitrani's performance / film features Rossy de Palma (previously Pedro Almodóvar's muse) and akin to the name of the title it has also travelled from its premiere in New York and undergone a French translation.  The two native Spanish speakers came together thru Diane Pernet's Fashion Film Festival and started working on a short film "Divan" which laid the foundation for this blossoming partnership.  In this new piece Jessica has cast Rosy in a narrative depicting Nellie Bly who was an investigative journalist that became famous in 1889 for travelling around the world in less than 80 days.  Bly had a dress and coat made out of sturdy material to last her the whole mission which was reinterpreted by threeAsSOUR in a few formats including a beautiful bellowing silhouette with oval vent pockets in their trademark tear shape seaming.  The white and black costumes acted as a part of the optical illusion against the patterned projection which Mitrani animated as a surreal backdrop to set the story of this ground breaking voyage.  The production will continue it's journey so keep any eye on Mitrani's schedule to catch this new theatre in the new year. 
(Photos by myself and Guillaume Boulez, ft. ANGE in the final portrait) 

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