Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Phantasmagoria is a steampunk themed acting troupe that shares classic Victorian horror stories every Halloween. At Kids Fringe, Phantasmagoria was set up in the shade of the huge Live Oak tree at the Mennello Museum. They were on hand to teach dance to anyone who cared to learn. Pandora performed on Cello and her mom taught several children how to waltz. John DiDonna founded this macabre acting company and I have been sketching their performances for years.
This was another demonstration sketch to show my Sketch Tour student how to catch actors in the midst of constant motion. There was a new actress among the company this day and she fit in perfectly. I never can get enough sketches of these exotic costumes. There is a whole culture of people that love steampunk and Phantasmagoria now makes appearances at Steampunk gatherings and conventions. Several women were dressed in more colorful Victorian garb, and they were fans of Phantasmagoria.
It was an extremely hot day, so dancing must have been kept to a minimum. I wouldn't want to be dressed all in black in the intense Florida sun although I've been known to do just that. As an artist thought my first thought when sketching outside is, "am I in the shade, and will this shade last for the duration of the sketch". Anytime I misjudge the suns movement, I end up with a red neck.