Question on Filling Station?Question about the costuming
Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:18 AM
In the current revival of Filling Station at SFB, Mac wears a white unitard under his uniform. Do you know or recall if that was always the case – the Platt Lynes photos have Mac without, but that could be just staged for the photo. There is a tape of Filling Station at the NYPL that was recently shown at the Kirstein exhibit, but I can't recall how d'Amboise wore the costume.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:34 AM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:37 AM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:39 AM
I assume that's the same 1954 performance available on the Vai DVD. The film there is so grainy that's it's a little hard to tell, but it looks like his uniform is too thick to be translucent. I certainly can't see nipples.
There is a tape of Filling Station at the NYPL that was recently shown at the Kirstein exhibit, but I can't recall how d'Amboise wore the costume.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:50 AM
I found a photo of Christensen here (scroll down) -- http://veenet.value....cchris/bio.html -- which does not, alas, resolve the question. You can see the outline of the legs through the material, but there's no way to tell whether they are bare or not.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:09 AM
For what it's worth, there is another Lynes studio shot, published in a NYCB program, where d'Amboise wears the translucent costume without a unitard.
The studio lighting and primitive videography certainly make d'Amboise's costume look opaque. On the other hand, the booklet that accompanies the dvd includes a still photo which clearly shows the original transluscent costume.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 02:09 PM
the recent exhibit of stage designs called 'Stagestruck' in NYC's Soho gallery area included one of, apparently six, photos GPLynes took of d'amboise completely nude under the costume, but that was obviously a photo session decision.
the fact that all the other photos i've seen of d'amboise from the nycb run of the ballet show him barechested would lead one to believe that he performed the work that way too.
i suspect the non-bare-look now on stage at SFB is a conscious and fairly recent 'choice' that was not part of previous stagings, and not necessarily part of the ones w/ BALLET CARAVAN nor w/ NYCB.
meanwhile i have a contact sheet (by Fred'k. Melton) in my photo collection of 12 shots of d'amboise as Mac, thus they are 35 mm. size and somewhat small, but i THINK for this session d'amboise is wearing a unitard underneath his clearly transparent coveralls.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 05:57 PM
Not sure why -- but Lew Christensen was alive in 1978 and co-directing SFB with Michael Smuin. (He suffered failing health for some years anddied in 1984). THe costume is constructed by "Grace."
I think it's very UN-Cadmusy without the suggestiveness of the hunk in cellophane.
The set looks fabulous.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:46 PM
Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:23 AM
this 1950s photo of d'Amboise undoubtedly comes from the NYCB run of the ballet where he likely wore what he did on stage. so either the bare look in the photos by GPLynes was the photographer's photo-session idea or eventually the costume acquired another 'coverall' under the coveralls.
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