Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nick Cave: a Master of Illusion

In one of the most creative segments of the News Hour on PBS is the work of Chicago artist Nick Cave. He has always been fascinated with items that have been cast off by others. He assembles thrift-store finds into life-size creations, which he calls "Soundsuits."
“Part sculpture, part costume, Cave's Soundsuits have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world but have also been worn by dancers who perform in them on stage and in the streets. Cave says the idea is to meld sculpture with dance to create a living, breathing canvas.” Many of his soundsuits use fake fur and raffia to create whimsical characters.
“Cave also often works with high school students. He recently conducted a workshop at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. Cave provided the costumes; the students devised the choreography.”
His work is brilliant; the fluid flow of the actors in the costumes undulates and fascinate. His “horses” gyrate, the dancers on pogo sticks surge up, down, and sideways. You really have to see his work in order to believe in his “magic.”

Truly a dance step apart.

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