Stage Presence: Design from the Australian Performing Arts Collection

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Costume design by Jennie Tate for Madame Butterfly, Oz Opera tour, 2008
Gift of the Estate of Jennie Tate, 2013. Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne

Time Out says

Lavish costumes, designs, set models and paintings shed light on the fascinating world of designing for the stage

Once again, the Arts Centre’s senior curator Tim Fisher has delved deep into the 600,000-strong Performing Arts Collection (located underground beneath the spire) to curate a fascinating exhibition. This time, visitors will gain insight into contemporary stage design in Australia and beyond. 

See inspiration take shape as you inspect sketches for set designs, and follow the creative process all the way through to a small-scale model or complete costume. Look out for Jennie Tate’s delicate costume design for OzOpera’s 2008 Madame Butterfly, and esteemed theatre, dance and opera designer Hugh Colman’s White Witch robe from a 2002 production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.


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