Take a seat, the performance of Mincho #15 is about to start and you will be pleasantly surprised by the results of the fertile dialogue between drawing and the performing arts that are featured in this new issue. A selection of posters, books, and scenographies that establish a bridge between creators and spectators, offering innovative images to the presence of words, dance, and music.
The prominent contributions of visual artists to the performing arts throughout the 20th century are well known. We have gathered the stage and costume designs of three multifaceted artists – the Japanese ceramicist, Jun Kaneko (cover artist), the South African filmmaker, William Kentridge, and the Canadian artist, Marcel Dzama – who share experimental vocation.
Mincho #15 explores the synergies between illustration and theatre, from the scathing posters by Michel Bouvet and the influence of Bertolt Brecht in the comics of Alan Moore, to the use of the mask and the sets to dramatise the text, and of 3D models to narrate visually, such as Elena Odriozola’s revival of the paper theatre. But also dance and music have been a source of inspiration, as can be seen in Roberto Massó’s recent comic book that pays homage to pioneering dancer, Loïe Fuller; and through our lively selection of picture books to introduce the youngest to jazz music.
Illustration: Illustration Goes on Stage (Paul Cox, Saul Steinberg, Fredun Shapur, Laurent Moreau) // Elena Odriozola (interview)
In Motion: William Kentridge
Comic: Alan Moore // Roberto Massó
Art + Design: Jun Kaneko (cover artist) // Michel Bouvet
The New Contemporary: Marcel Dzama
Have a Nice Book: Among Discordant Notes ( Carl Norac & Rébecca Dautremer, Patricia Hruby Powelle & Chritian Robison, Mª Isabel Sánchez & Bàrbara Alca)
To See & Be Seen