After all these years of costumes/sets and interiors, I decided to try my hand at writing and directing. Creating “Dressing” synthesized my passions and my research in the importance of “civilité”/good manners, that ephemeral quality of a gentleman and a lady, so important to living in harmony to practice one’s arts: that concept of the Greeks of antiquity.
Two humanists wrote important treatises on this notion in the 16th c. Erasmus’s idea was closer to the Greek. Castiglione’s was directed to court behavior. “Dressing” has been performed in Queens and Manhattan. One enthusiastic response was “What a superb idea you had to translate the intricacies of the court of Louis XIV. It was a feast for the eyes and the mind.”An excerpt was part of the 2015 season of the prestigious and oldest Baroque ensemble in the United States, Aston Magna. I entertain other suitable venues. Fashion/Costume institutes, Dance programs and French programs come immediately to mind.