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Bugaku

  • Object:

    Wig

  • Place of origin:

    New York (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Karinska, Barbara, born 1886 - died 1983 (costume designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Horsehair cloth on netting

  • Museum number:

    S.393-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This wig was made for a female dancer in George Balanchine's ballet Bugaku. This ballet, with music by the Japanese composer Toshiro Mayuzumi, was first performed by the New York City Ballet at the City Center of Music and Drama in 1963. The costumes were designed by Karinska and took their influence from traditional Japanese court dress.

Physical description

Wig for the leading male dancer in Bugaku, New York City Ballet, 1960s. This Japanese-influenced wig is made from heavily black woven horsehair cloth brought into a tail over the back of the head and bound with gold braid. The horsehair cloth has been glued and sewn into a net wig cap.

Place of Origin

New York (made)

Date

ca. 1965 (made)

Artist/maker

Karinska, Barbara, born 1886 - died 1983 (costume designers)

Materials and Techniques

Horsehair cloth on netting

Marks and inscriptions

' ?Sievking '
Label

Dimensions

Circumference: 54.2 cm

Object history note

Wig for a male dancer in George Balanchine's ballet 'Bugaku'. The ballet, with music by Toshiro Mayuzumi, was first performed by the New York City Ballet at the City Center of Music and Drama, New York on 20th March 1963. The scenery was designed by David Hays and the costumes were designed by Karinska. Allegra Kent and Edward Villella created the leading roles.

The work has also entered the repertoires of other ballet companies, including the San Francisco Ballet and The Royal Ballet.

Descriptive line

Wig for a male dancer in George Balanchine's ballet Bugaku, City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet, 1963

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

New York City Ballet by Peter Williams, John Percival, and Noel Goodwin.
Article in 'Dance & Dancers', London, June 1963, pp. 16-19.

Materials

Horsehair; Netting

Techniques

Wig-making

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Dance

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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