The first live show was performed Saturday March the 7th 2020 at the Direct Art Action Gallery in Sutton Coldfield. Birmingham UK. The show was part of BuStopia a multi media art exhibition.
The show lasts approximately 5 minutes and is made up of three stages representing a transition from an anxious, depressed state to a feeling of taking ownership of ones life and empowerment.
Phase 1: Anxiety depression
The first stage of the show the models portray an anxiety or depressed state. The models are some way from the audience. The graffiti projection and the windows reinforcing the feeling of detachment as the models pace across the floor. The music is a piece I created called 'Await the Bus' it is simple and rudimentary with the sounds from standing at a bus shelter
The models stop and stand still for this part of the performance. This is the transformation phase where the make up artist applies some colour to the faces of the models in a minimalist fashion. Preparing the models for the final movement.
Phase 2: transformation
The transformation music 'classical' stops. Then the models start to weave through the windows getting closer to the viewers. Slowly the barriers are diminishing.
The models cast of the white outer garments. They reveal the garments I created, this is symbolic like the butterfly that transforms from the caterpillar .
This phase of the show the models are now stood in front of the windows. They are now in full view of the audience the projected film is now hitting them directly. When the models remove their outer white garments they reveal the brightly coloured formal garments that I designed.
Phase 3: Empowerment
They have broken through the anxiety and depression there are no barriers between them and the viewer. They have taken ownership, they are in control of their lives. The clothing symbolises this state by containing the chaotic image within classic formal clean cut garments. The models then engage in a traditional catwalk as the final movement of this show
couture of vandalism
The Couture of Vandalism represent empowerment, taking back control of ones situation. Transforming your environment, physical and mental into something that is positive and feels good.