Elissa Hullah - Designer and Maker

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A little sneak peak of the poster photoshoot ahead today - Riley looking sharp in his Victorian costume made by moi for “The White Prince”; a new theatrical/dance production by Vertical Shadows Dance Company. Looking forward to seeing the finished photos! :)

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#crafternoon with Bryn and Nate making costumes inspired by the intersections of Russian folk dance and PUSSY RIOT. Lots of metallic and pearlescent fabrics in the chaotic mix :) Surfice to say, Bryn became a vogueing human-vagina…#pussyriot #dancecostumes #costume #costumes #costumedesign #costumemaking #costumeconstruction #dance #workinprogress #workroom #humanvagina #handsewing #haut #picoftheday

Current state of my studio desk…it’s nice to be painting tonight. I’m busy working on costume and set illustrations for a new #verticalshadows dance piece happening in early 2014 and feeling inspired by it’s potential. #costume #art #costumeillustration #theatre #dance #workinprogress #WIP

@lucy_doherty Performs as the gorgeous Yellow Dancer in TRYBE: An Opera in Paint #costume #costumedesign #trybe #theatre #dance #paint #picoftheday #bodypaint #facepaint #anthonybreslin #art

Megan Sayce as the White Dancer in TRYBE: An Opera in Paint. Original Photo by Suzanne Opitz #trybe #costume #costumedesign #bodypaint #theatre #makeup #anthonybreslin #art #dance #chapeloffchapel

A little collage of Ben Hancock who performs the role of the Red dancer in Anthony Breslin’s TRYBE: An Opera in Paint. Original photos by Elissa Hullah and Alex Yakimov. #dance #art #costume #makeup #bodypaint #picoftheday

For those of you who had the fortune of seeing this incredible dance piece in the year, you will no doubt be thrilled to hear that it is returning in the next couple of months for a second season! And here is the chance for those of you who missed out previously to be able to see what everyone was raving about. 

On the Rocks is innovative, engaging and spell-binding showcase of the incredible talent we have here in Melbourne. Following the spiral of young woman’s ruin in a unforgiving modern world and set to the intoxicating, gospel sounds of Nina Simone, this show will leave you feeling exhilirated, bewitched and wanting more!

Check out the video below for a sneak peek and the Facebook Page for more details about the show and Vertical Shadows news. 

The season of Vertical Shadows' “On the Rocks” was super an amazing experience to be a part of an so wonderfully received. Every night had a fantastic audience at the Chapel off Chapel venue and we got some fantastic reviews. For those of you that missed this season of VS amazing dance work, make sure you jump on the bandwagon as I can assure you, this is a company you want to keep your eyes on! Here are some pics from the beautiful show showing the rehearsals and some of the dynamic dancers and an AWESOME review given by Heather Bloom from Australian Stage.

"A teasing hand beckons, a flirtatious wave of a diamond clad finger and you’re hooked. Behind the heavy black curtain a woman in red waits patiently and the heady sounds of 1950’s jazz fills the stage. For the next 51 minutes there is nothing in this world except the bodies that sway, flick and move with exceptional precision through the vintage inspired score. The free spinning jazz soundtrack is a perfect example of what choreographer and director Stephen Agisilaouhas created with his latest production with company Vertical ShadowsOn The Rocks is as perfectly danced and professionally turned out as anyone could expect, yet it retains it’s freedom of movement. Nothing is forced, it is as if each plie has come intrinsically from the dancers themselves.

Elements of old school Bob Fosse take to the stage with flicks and kicks worthy of the great man himself and blend flawlessly with latin hips and classic contemporary. The mixed bag of inspiration Agisilaou has embraced only enhances the performance – strong beats, loud trumpets and semi-erotic vibe to the whole performance is as breathtaking as it is desirable. Performed by the exquisite Jessica Mortlock, she embraces her role as femme fatale with glee, relishing in her seductive prowess and seemingly insatiable appetite for young male flesh. Her greatest moment is her final wave goodbye and is a move that makes you either want her, or want to be her. Joined onstage by the Vertical Shadows boys, Jayden Hicks (who also served as creative associate) was once again the standout performer that drew the audiences attention and retained it for the entire performance. Hicks is difficult to look away from, his stage presence is one of the most commanding and his movement some of the most exceptional. Watching Hicks is like watching water, cool, fluid and effortlessly natural.

Agisilaou'schoreography has a distinctive feminine look, yet put into the hands and bodies of his male dancers they make it entirely their own and perform a staunchly masculine interpretation. Perhaps the highlight of the evening is Sean Marcs, whose “bottle dance” is one of the most seductive pieces of choreography ever presented. If Coopers Brewery are ever at a loss on how to attract the female market, Marcs could show them a thing or two as he writhes with the bottle sexualizing the very concept of beer.

The inspirational and effortlessly unique creative minds and bodies behind Stephen Agisilaou’s contemporary dance company Vertical Shadows have once again raised the barre in Australian contemporary dance. On The Rocks, is a powerful and moving performance exploring the very essence of human nature. This is more than simply “on the rocks”, it is shaken, stirred and ultimately set on fire. These dancers burn with a creative intensity so bright it is impossible to tear yourself from their stunning portrayal of human emotion”