Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England





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Costume Designs for Métaboles






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MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 1 for Female Solo Role Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink Line2c MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 2 for Female Solo Role Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink Line2d Line2e Line2f
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Variations of a Costume Design
for Dominique Khalfouni, dancing
the single female role in this ballet

Drawings
crayon on paper
29.7 x 42 cm; 11.75 x 11.5 ins ea

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[DSN/Bt.MB/C-005]

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MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 6 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 2 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 3 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 9 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

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MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 8 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 5 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 1 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 7 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

MÉTABOLES Ballet Costume Design No 4 for Male Dancer by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, Collages, Drawings, Crayon, Gouache, Watercolour, Pen and India Ink

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Projected Costume Designs
for the male cast

Collection Barry Kay Archive

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Collages
transparent moirée foil, photocopied
printed patterns, black paper; India ink, felt pen;
21 x 29.7 cm; 8.25 x 11.75 ins each

[DSN/Bt.MB/C-006.ff.014]


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For a choreographer and a designer to work closely together - as did Kenneth MacMillan and Barry Kay - the influence they have on one another toward constructive impulses and ideas sometimes results in pursuing quite a different concept of their respective, initially envisaged work.

Based on MacMillan's intentions for Métaboles - a surreal, bizarre ballet without a specific period setting - Kay created the scenery and costume designs, including the projected variations of those for the male cast as displayed above. While both kept working concurrently on their ideas and the choreography was still in the process of its creation, it so happened that, ultimately, Kay's set design inspired MacMillan to change part of his choreography. In turn, this required Kay to consider contrasting the attire for the male dancers with the nature of the ballet.

Subsequently, they both agreed on a plain but elegant outfit for the single female role, corresponding with the formal attire of black tails for the five gentlemen, as well as ancillary apparel and coiffures fashionable between 1910 and 1920.

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MÉTABOLES Ballet Coiffure Designs by Barry Kay, Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 23 November 1978, Occasion Soirée MacMillan, inverse images of Pencil Drawings

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