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She kicked up her heels and danced
‘Lola Montez’ installation and solo performance
An installation piece featuring Lola Montez in a glass case.
Lola is a combination of doll/mannequin, religious icon, sideshow freak
and mechanical fortune teller in ornate lace costume and heavy
makeup. She remains still most of the time... but outside her case are
various small moving artefacts from her miniature circus - mysterious
toys and miniature relics.
A projected loop is displayed in the form of a large zoetrope effect
of Lola as an old lady still doing a high kicking polka. Also a changing magic
lantern type show - a moving backdrop of painted scenery changing from
countryside to city to circus.
Inspired by the notorious 19thC ‘Burlesque’ performer and courtesan
Lola Montez, whose lovers included the composer Franz Liszt and King
Ludwig 1 of Bavaria.
The installation has a 19thC sideshow/carnival/circus element using
mixed media and projection. It ideally needs to be staged in a tent.
Sound will include a musical box type polka theme + fairground barker.