'Still Life' at the Penguin Cafe, Southern Cape Zebra

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  • Created on: 02-06-14 15:06
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  • Southern Cape Zebra
    • Costume
      • Ladies
        • Wear same colours - black and white
          • Glamorous, shiny satin cocktail dresses
            • Bodice is sleeveless, tight fitting and plunge necked.
            • Waistline is asymmetric
            • Full, mid-length skirt, patterned with zebra effect: stripes, and it flares out and enhances the movements with its fluid folds
          • Black and white feather boa draped across shoulders
          • Flesh coloured tights and black high-heeled patent shoes
          • Long evening gloves (ending above the elbow)
            • Draw attention to the arm gestures
        • Deers skull on head
        • All women are identically dressed, including the wigs
        • Cold aloof appearance
        • Pale skin, red lipstick and dark eyes
      • Zebra
        • Tight fitting, lycra bodysuit that covers his whole body
          • White and black stripes
            • Realistic - zebra like
            • Accentuate shape of human body
              • Tight fitting, lycra bodysuit that covers his whole body
                • White and black stripes
                  • Realistic - zebra like
                  • Accentuate shape of human body
                    • Graceful appearance
                  • Stripes in lower legs fade into black ankles, the hands and wrists are also disguised
                • Dancer is free to move and highlights the supple shapes - it gives a clear outline and visibility
              • Graceful appearance
            • Stripes in lower legs fade into black ankles, the hands and wrists are also disguised
          • Dancer is free to move and highlights the supple shapes - it gives a clear outline and visibility
        • No headmask - neck, ears and face are painted to match his coat
          • Allows fast circular movements of head
          • head covered with Mohican style hair - a mane; this continues down his back and ends in short tail that hangs down
        • In hands has two long tassles of straw-coloured hair
          • Attached to wrists
          • They add movement by giving a realistic sense of twitching of a horse's mane.
    • Set design
      • Black curtain at beginning - partially open to frame dancer in first few moves
        • Following this the curtains are slowly drawn back to reveal whole backdrop
      • Colours are shades of red, pink, lilac and mauve.
      • In the background there are small, delicate, dark trees
      • Hazy look suggests heat of the scene in Africa
    • Lighting
      • Initially low intensity on the centrally framed zebra
        • Makes the zebra only partially visible against backdrop
      • Stripes on stage
        • Suggest zebra stripes
        • Could be catwalk for models
      • Circular spotlight follows zebra throughout and highlights his death
    • Accompaniment
      • Brass and wind open section
        • Long notes
      • A second tune is played underneath
        • By percussion, they join stings in playing short notes and it is repetative
          • African influence
          • Jolly sound which contrasts with first tune
      • Builds to climax and there is then gunshot
      • One by one the instruments fade away

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