Mask for dance, Cardboard and photocopy painted, 2006

Douglas Jeal Sculptures - Dance

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My interest in contemporary dance and music started when I first heard Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the inspiration for my large sculpture of 1965. I had always wanted to work with a composer and choreographer on a public production, and the pieces shown here are costumes and settings for a collaboration with the composer Richard Hoadly.

Light shines through the translucent coloured acrylic sculptured shapes, casting elongated coloured shadows on stage through which the dancers weave. In contrast to the fluid, organic shapes of the sets, the costumes are more formally ordered, and their designs are either projected onto the dancers or printed on their leotards.