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





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Métaboles
      
Costumes
       Scenery
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
from a tableau of ten drawings, crayon on black construction paper
dimensions of entire tableau: 25 x 32.5 cm; 9.8 x 12.6 in

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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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Final set design

Mezzotint-cum-lithograph
five artist's proofs
limited editon of 50 prints [1]
on hand-made paper
68 x 90 cm; 25.75 x 35.5 ins



Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
Palais Garnier
Gala Première 23 November 1978
Occasion: Soirée MacMillan

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Barry Kay's Métaboles model, consisting of group of chairs placed around a dining table and arranged within a peripheral crescent of oval cheval glasses, is dominated by a cycloramic background of three enlarged backlit reproductions of human chest X-rays. The stage set was built according to this model, accompanied by Kay's sketches and semi-technical drawings. To facilitate the backlighting on stage, the X-ray images were painted on gauze.

In an effort to retain the X-rays' subtle tonal nuances as realistically as possible in a two-dimensional design, Kay opted for a combination of a photomechanically produced mezzotint and a hand-drawn lithograph, instead of creating a customary drawing. Although he already conceived the idea of making the print at an early stage of designing the production, the theatre's set deadline for submitting his ideas only allowed him to pursue the elaborate and time-consuming printmaking process after the première date.

Four months later, on 20 March 1979, Kay published his limited print edition in time to coincide with the presentation of a cross selection of his designs at the opening of an exhibition – Four MacMillan Designers – prepared by the Decor Gallery, Knightsbridge, London.

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Barry Kay's prints are represented at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Theatre and Performance Collections, London; the Arts Centre, Performing Arts Collection, Melbourne; the McNay Art Museum, Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Austin, TX; Collection Alessandro d'Arco; Collection Lady MacMillan.

The Barry Kay Archive holds the Mátaboles model as well as the unsold remainder of the print run. For information and acquisition, please contact the Curator. >> back to text



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