Opera Philadelphia

Posted16 Feb 2017

One Night Only: Dito & Aeneas

By Aubrey Nagle

When Dito & Aeneas, the one-of-a-kind opera-cabaret mash-up starring Stephanie Blythe and Martha Graham Cracker, graces the TLA stage, it will be designed by none other than Machine Dazzle. The "conceptualist-as-artist" known for his stunning, clever costuming and performance art (like his work with the great Taylor Mac) let us dive behind the scenes just weeks before the show as he created outrageous props and set pieces. 

Machine painted and framed royal portraits of fictional queens to hang, salon-style, on set, and built large, glowing constellations to create a night sky in the TLA. Throughout the work space, we found plenty of sparkling props ready for some audience participation, too. For what, exactly? You'll have to wait and see!


A royal portrait painted by Machine Dazzle. Credit: Aubrey Nagle
Another queenly portrait waits to be framed beside an overflowing box of costume fabrics.
Machine Dazzle works to frame one of the many portraits.
Holographic paper crowns are ready to adorn guests at the TLA.
To create massive constellation set pieces, Machine took inspiration from this tome, "The Stars."
Machine's Sagittarius constellation set piece.
Piles and piles of streamers await audience participation.
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