Nick Cave, originally from Missouri and now working and teaching in Chicago, is an artist who makes moving costumes from found objects. See a PBS clip about him here. And another one here. And another one here.
The Afrique Aya-Nick Cave convergence was such a great idea on the Museum’s part. Cave’s work is closely related to the African masking tradition. His art hails in a direct line from the very same traditional masks with which Afrique Aya performs.
Friday night Angelo danced the Zaouli mask. Unfortunately our own stand-in photographer’s abilities were too challenged by low light, and lots of movement, to be able to show you one from Friday. But it was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with this charming mask. Here’s a picture from a past performance in Africa In The Ozarks 2011.
Same story, unfortunately, for any pictures of our wonderful dancers Jenny and Margot, who backed-up Zaouli with costumes and masks worn in past Africa In The Ozarks. Check out a video of the past Africa In The Ozarks mask performances here.
Hard to tell the difference, between the traditional and the Cave!
It was a great evening. The audience was spellbound.