Jack in the Box [Jack-In-The-Box]

Cologne [Koln]: N.p., 1989. Vintage poster for the performance of the 1989 dance piece by choreographer Louis Falco at the Tanz-Forum der Oper der Stadt Köln on May 9, 1989, with music by Bruce Springsteen (arranged by Hajo Stahl), libretto by Falco and Kitty Troll, and set, costume, and poster design by Jack Brusca, SIGNED and dated in the year of the production by Brusca in the bottom right. OCLC locates no holdings, likely unique.

Louis Falco began his distinguished dance career in the late 1950s, while in his late teens, under Charles Weidman and José Limón, soon thereafter performing with Flower Hujer, Alvin Ailey, and Donald McKayle, among others. In 1967 Falco made his debut as a choreographer with the dance piece "Argot," and quickly created a unique and outstanding repertory, including "Huescape" (1968), "Timewright" (1969), and "The Sleepers" (1971). In 1972 Falco formed his acclaimed Louis Falco Dance Company, and through the 1980s worked with various other repertory companies as well as collaborations with Giorgio Armani, Andy Warhol, Tom Waits, John Lurie, and others. The first choreographer to work in commercials, Falco, who frequently utilized rock music in his work (as in evidence by his use of Bruce Springsteen's music here), also choreographed for film and music videos in the 1980s, and is most widely known for his work on the film "Fame" (1980), directed by Alan Parker.

Airbrush painter, designer, ballet set and costume designer, and jewelry designer, Jack Brusca was a New York artist whose work intersected surrealism, pop art, and neo-realism. Brusca's work came to prominence following his lauded first one-man show at Bonino Galleria in 1969, and in the decades since has been acquired by the Whitney Museum and others. Brusca won critical praise in 1991 for his set and costume designs for Louis Falco's ballet, "Escarpot," performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at City Center, New York City.

Both Falco and Brusca died of complications from AIDS during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York in 1993, at the ages of 51 and 56, respectively.

23.25 x 33 inches. Very Good plus, with faint creasing overall, light edgewear, and creasing to the lower right corner.


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