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Vestiphobia is a performance exploring our relationship to fashion, from the mere act of getting dressed, to its socio-economic impact.
Vestiphobia is a performance exploring our relationship to fashion, from the mere act of getting dressed, to its socio-economic impact.
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Ideal Glass, the New York-based art collective, is pleased to announce the premiere of Vestiphobia in Havana, Cuba from the 23rd - 26th of February, at one of Latin America’s most renowned art complexes, the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC).  

(Vestiphobia Cuba is a fiscally sponsored project of Bowery Arts and Science, a 501(c) in the State of New York. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.)

Vestiphobia is a collaboration between artists from Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and New York. The production, which includes a multimedia performance, a film series, and a wearable-art workshop, explores our relationship to fashion, from the mere act of getting dressed, to its socio-economic impact. Through a combination of experimental fashion, video art, music, dance, and autobiographical narrative, Vestiphobia aims to entertain and enrich our understanding of clothing through time; as necessity, luxury, weapon, shield, and, in the form of throw-away fast-line fashion - an opiate of the masses.  

Vestiphobia was created by writer/perfomer, Willard Morgan, conceived and directed by Steve Fagin, with designs and costumes by Uta Bekaia and a soundtrack composed by John Sully. The show in Havana is produced by Grettel Carbo and Berta Jottar with an ensemble of more than 30 Cuban artists. Among the cast are Renecito de la Cruz, one of Cuba’s great actors, Francis del Rio, the front man for Interactivo, one of the most celebrated alternative Cuban jazz projects, and Katia Aislen, from Havana Rakatan, the popular Cuban dance company.

The Vestiphobia project also involves a workshop by designer Uta Bekia who will collaborate with young Cuban designers in the production of wearable art from recycled materials. These outfits will be exhibited at Gallery Taller Gorria in Old Havana and will be central to the performance at FAC. This workshop-installation will be open to the general public from the 19th -23rd of February. 

 “Cuban designers have a long tradition of working with recycled materials and producing astonishing fashions from sustainable sources. We are delighted to finally be able to work together, learn from each other, and make art,” said Ideal Glass founder Willard Morgan. 

 In conjunction, Vestiphobia will present a film series on the topic of fashion from the politics behind the production line to the sublime sensations of fabric. 

 To learn more about Vestiphobia or to join the workshop in Cuba, visit: http://www.vestiphobia.org

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Producing an international performance, with teams working in two different cities and languages, can prove to be challenging. However, the team assembled for the project is fully prepared to face any difficulties that may arise; Vestiphobia's director and producers all have a solid experience working between New York and Cuba.

>>Producer Grettel Carbo, who recommended the collective to FAC, is coordinating the development of the project with Havana teams and has the resources to introduce us to Cuban artists.

>>Producer and interdisciplinary artist Berta Jottar has developed several projects related to music and film with Cuban artists and academics under the umbrella of important Cuban institutions.

>>American artist Steve Fagin is Director of the film Tropicola which involves some of the most important theatre actors and producers in Havana.

>>Furthermore, we are working with the support of two major Havana cultural venues and their teams: Fabrica de Arte Cubano and Galeria Taller Gorria.

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    A personalized postcard mailed from Havana Cuba, and your name listed in the credits.

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    2 nights for up to two in the elegant European Style hotel in heart of historic residential Greenwich Village.

    Near all public transportation, and within walking distance to Washington Square Park, 5th avenue shopping, SOHO, The East Village, the Flat Iron, Chelsea, and the High Line.

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    Participation Fashion Workshop in Havana

    This workshop* will be led by Uta Bekaia with Cuban designers specialized in the use of recyclable materials and repurposing practices. The participants will create original “wearable art”, which will be worn by the performers during the show. This workshop constitutes an essential part of Vestiphobia Cuba and will function as an ongoing installation at the Gallery Taller Gorria, in Old Havana. The workshop will be open to passersby to observe the different stages of the costumes’ development.

    Participants in the workshop will be in direct contact with the rest of the creative team (actors, performers, singers and artists) to encourage relationships between U.S and Cuban artists. The workshop will be documented and publicized in several local and international venues, providing an extensive coverage of the participants’ work. It will also include a series of documentaries and video art screenings about contemporary fashion trends, sustainability and globalization.

    PACKAGE INCLUDES:

    TRIP
    • Airfare: round trip NYC-Havana
    from Feb 18th to 24th.
    • Havana airport pick up on Feb. 18th and drop off on Feb. 24th
    • Lodging at selected casas particulares (private apartments for legal rent).
    • Breakfast at casa particular
    • Lunch with participants
    • Dinner at emblematic restaurants
    • Get to know Havana the first day:
    A wonderful architectural, historical and cultural tour through Old Havana, an eclectic city not to forget, Malecón of Havana, Plaza de la Revolución, 5ta Avenida in Old Americans Cars.

    WORKSHOP
    • Opportunity for artists to showcase their work at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano as part of the Vestiphobia performance.
    • Artists’ participation will be documented as well as publicized in different venues.
    •Participation in all Vestiphobia-related events and screenings.
    • Equipment and material to design the costumes.

    FROM FEBRUARY 18th TO FEBRUARY 24th

    For detailed information email: info@idealglass.org

    https://www.vestiphobia.org/the-workshop/

    * This trip is fully legal by the laws of both countries.
    * We are traveling with the educational "people to people" visa.

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