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





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Métaboles
    Costumes
    Scenery
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


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




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Two versions 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 in ea

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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

MÉTABOLES ballet costume designs by Barry Kay

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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

MÉTABOLES ballet costumes designed by Barry Kay

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Variations of projected costume
designs for the male cast

Collection Barry Kay Archive


Collages
moiré film, printed motifs, black paper;
India ink, felt pen; white background paper;
21 x 29.7 cm; 8.25 x 11.75 in ea


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When working closely together, as did choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and designer Barry Kay, it is not uncommon that both influence one another by contributing new impulses and ideas. This can sometimes lead to situations in which each finds himself needing to pursue a very different work concept than at first envisaged.

One such incident presented itself when Kay demonstrated his set model for Métaboles to MacMillan. Both had been working concurrently on their respective ideas up to that point. While MacMillan was still in the process of creating the choreography, Kay had already produced a definitive model, along with a range of costume designs, consistent with the former's ideas for a surreal and bizarre ballet in which, tapping into the subject of cannibalism, five gentlemen are taking a lady as their meal.

Upon seeing Kay's model, it so happened that it ultimately inspired MacMillan to change part of his choreography. This in turn required Kay to abandon his costume designs for the male dancers shown above and consider contrasting their attire so as to bring it in line with the newly adapted choreography.

Subsequently, they both settled on formal attire of black tails for the five gentlemen to accompany a plain but elegant outfit for the single female character, together with 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

forward to coiffures designed by Barry Kay for MacMillan's ballet MéTABOLES


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