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





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Scenery Designs for Métaboles






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Set Design for 'Métaboles', four preliminary sketches, a development sequence of a tableau ten drawings, Scenery and Costumes Design Barry Kay, Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 1978-NOV-23, Occasion: Soirée MacMillan, Collection Barry Kay Archive Set Design for 'Métaboles', four preliminary sketches, a development sequence of a tableau ten drawings, Scenery and Costumes Design Barry Kay, Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 1978-NOV-23, Occasion: Soirée MacMillan, Collection Barry Kay Archive



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Set Design for 'Métaboles', four preliminary sketches, a development sequence of a tableau ten drawings, Scenery and Costumes Design Barry Kay, Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 1978-NOV-23, Occasion: Soirée MacMillan, Collection Barry Kay Archive Set Design for 'Métaboles', four preliminary sketches, a development sequence of a tableau ten drawings, Scenery and Costumes Design Barry Kay, Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 1978-NOV-23, Occasion: Soirée MacMillan, Collection Barry Kay Archive

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Preliminary Sketches for the Set

Ballet de l'Opéra
Théâtre National Opéra de Paris
Gala Première 1978/NOV/23
Occasion: Soirée MacMillan

from a tableau of ten Drawings

crayon on black construction paper
tableau: 25 x 32.5 cm; 9.8 x 12.6 ins

Collection Barry Kay Archive

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Final Set Design

Scenery Set Design for the Ballet MÉTABOLES by Barry Kay, model maquette backdrop x-rays of the human body, mezzotint and lithogrpah, limited edition,Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet de l'Opéra, Théâtre National Opéra de Paris, Gala Première 1978-NOV-23, Occasion: Soirée MacMillan, Collection Barry Kay Archive

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Mezzotint cum Lithograph
five Artist's Proofs
limited editon of 50 prints
on hand-made paper
68 x 90 cm; 25.75 x 35.5 ins

represented at:
Victoria & Albert Museum, Theatre Collections, London
McNay Art Museum, Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Austin, Texas
Collection Lady MacMillan
Collection Alessandro d'Arco

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The backdrop of the Métaboles model, arranged in three sections of backlit x-rays of the human body, consists of enlarged reproductions on film. To illustrate the subtle tonal nuances as realistically as possible in a two-dimensional design, Barry Kay opted for a combination of a photomechanically produced Mezzotint and a hand-drawn Lithograph, instead of creating a drawing. To facilitate backlighting on stage, the x-ray images were painted on gauze.

Kay began implementing this idea prior to the première date. Having to meet the theatre's deadline of submitting the set design, however, only allowed him to pursue the elaborate and time-consuming printmaking process later on. Eventually, on 20 March 1979, he published the print edition to coincide with the opening of an exhibition of "Four MacMillan Designers" held at the Decor Gallery, Knightsbridge, London.

The Barry Kay Archive houses the model as well as the unsold remainder of the print edition. Interested buyers please contact the Curator.

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