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For Immediate Release
May 8, 2001
Contact: Christina Newton, Director
804.782.8672

Floating World Incorporates Many Art Forms

RICHMOND, VA – Artspace, located at 6 East Broad Street in downtown Richmond, is pleased to announce the performance event "Floating World," on Saturday, May 19, 2001 from 8:00 – 10:00pm Admission is $5 at the door. You can learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org.

The name, Floating World refers to the Ukiyo scenes depicted in ancient Japanese prints and paintings, which showed the pleasure taken in the artistry and entertaining of the people. "Floating World" is an event incorporating puppetry, fashion and music. Visitors will be able to experience live puppetry by "Red Rooster Puppets," new works of wearable art by fashion designer, Rosalba Valentino, and ambient music by DJ cvt.

Red Rooster Puppets is a performance group led by Carlie Troncale and includes puppeteers Nicole Faina, Dark Cloud, Sean Cassidy and Jason Morris, with musical accompaniment by Greg Wil on banjo, percussion and other jug band instruments. Red Rooster Puppets presents the folktale Cantastoria, The Stranger, the Girl and the Doorknob. "Canta" meaning song, and "Storia" meaning story - an ancient form of street theatre from Italy. It is geared for adults and children. The performers use paintings on a storyboard, words, and music to tell a story to the audience. The Stranger, the Girl and the Doorknob, is a puppet/picture show of a girl that fights domestic violence, and the devil and silence. The artists use completely recycled materials to produce what they call "trashy puppets." The show is approximately 25 minutes in length.

Rosalba Valentino presents a collection of unique works of wearable art that incorporate traditionally craft materials – clay, textiles, rubber, and found objects. A dozen models will be positioned in small groups around the Gallery, as well as modeling at intervals. Rose sees this informal presentation "as art with an idea, not just as fashion as a trend." Ms. Valentino is a recent graduate of VCU’s School of the Arts Department of Crafts. She has been selling her works at Urban Artifacts for two years, and has done costume design for Barksdale Theatre.

More information is available on their performance page.

 
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