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Long time no see, D.C.

Related Post: Plans for SPX 2013.

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As you already may know, I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the Potomac/Rockville/Bethesda area of Maryland. I haven’t had a chance to go back since 2011, so SPX (Small Press Expo) was a perfect excuse. :)

I had a little bit of extra time on Friday to visit the National Gallery of Art — and I am SO GLAD that I did. Ever since watching Nodame Cantabile, I discovered a great interest in Igor Stravinsky’s life and music, especially his ballets like The Rite of Spring and Petrushka. My interest became even greater with the film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (starring my beloved Mads Mikkelsen). So I was very excited to get a chance to see the exhibit “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music.” I really learned a lot from this exhibit — about how the Ballets Russes commissioned so many amazing artists including Picasso, Matisse, Cocteau, de Chirico, etc. — and enjoyed seeing the original costumes and amazing costume designs. I was also excited to see Alexander Calder’s magnificent, ginormous mobile again — a childhood favorite.

Below are some photographs I took and images from the exhibit to give you a taste of my experience!

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Outside my friend Tina’s apartment complex.

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The Washington Monument, under construction.

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The National Gallery of Art, East Building.

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Design for the front cloth from Petrushka (Copenhagen revival), 1925, by Alexandre Benois.
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Costume design for Vaslav Nijinsky from The Afternoon of a Faun, 1912, by Léon Bakst.
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Costumes from The Rite of Spring, 1913, by Nicholas Roerich.
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Costumes from Le Bal, 1929, by Giorgio de Chirico.
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Alexander Calder sculpture right outside the gallery.

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Brief Update

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A new page every Wednesday!

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Friday, December 21st

  1. I’m Going To Cannes!!!
  2. Started to fill out some paperwork for Cannes.
  3. Applied to a few more fellowships/internships.

Saturday, December 22nd

  • Family bonding day! Adventure in Chinatown and North Beach.

Sunday, December 23rd

  1. Worked on The Flea script.
  2. Saw “Royal Treasures From the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette” at the Legion of Honor.
  3. Date night with Wes!(*´▽`*)

Monday, December 24th

  1. Filled out some more paperwork for Cannes.
  2. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.

Tuesday, December 25th

  1. Brunch/linner with family.
  2. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  3. Signed up with two illustration communities: IllustrationMundo and The Little Chimp Society.

Wednesday, December 26th

  1. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Worked on The Flea script.
  3. Bought a copy of Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe by Frederik L. Schodt.
  4. Went to see A Royal Affair, a film I’ve been dying to see for months! I just adore Danish films as well as Mads Mikkelsen, so this was quite the treat. The acting, costumes, and script were just amazing. I hope everyone who likes period pieces has a chance to see this.
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Thursday, December 27th

  1. Mailed out paperwork for Cannes.
  2. Trip to the de Young Museum. Saw a wonderful Toulouse-Lautrec piece. Looking forward to upcoming exhibits: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Rembrandt’s Century.”
  3. Worked on The Flea script.

Friday, December 28th

  1. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Went to see The Nutcracker with family (“Note on The Nutcracker).

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Note on “The Nutcracker”

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One of my favorite operas is Jacques Offenbach‘s The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann). This opera is a fantastical retelling of the life of the German Romantic author E. T. A. Hoffmann,  casting Hoffmann as the protagonist of his own stories.

Placido Domingo performing the “Chanson de Kleinzach” aria.

Désirée Rancatore performing “Les oiseaux dans la charmille.”

Through The Tales of Hoffmann, I developed an interest in Hoffmann and his stories, quickly leading me to Sigmund Freud’s The Uncanny. In Freud’s essay, he uses many of the same Hoffmann stories as Offenbach, but in this case to prove a psychological point (not that Offenbach’s opera isn’t deeply psychological). If I remember correctly, Freud even mentions Offenbach’s opera.

Portrait of E. T. A. Hoffmann

I’m sure you are all wondering, “What does all this have to do with The Nutcracker?” Well, little do most people know, E. T. A. Hoffmann wrote in 1816 one of the earliest versions of The Nutcracker story, entitled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Nussknacker und Mausekönig).

Alexandre Dumas was also a fan of Hoffmann, employing allusions to Hoffmann’s stories in The Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas even went as far as creating a revision to Hoffmann’s Nutcracker in 1844 called History of The Nutcracker (Histoire d’un casse-noisette), or The Tale of the Nutcracker.

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Towards the end of the 19th Century, Hoffmann’s Nutcracker was adapted to ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, perhaps the most famous incarnation of the tale. I write this post because my dad purchased tickets to the San Francisco Ballet to see The Nutcracker at the end of the month. Perhaps later I’ll add my thoughts on the production to this post.

Tchaikovsky’s music is always wonderful, if not a little too overplayed for the holidays. A lot of people tend to associate The March from The Nutcracker or The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy not with Tchaikovsky, but with the thousands of Christmas commercials that use these pieces. This also happens with The Chinese Tea Dance from The Nutcracker with Disney’s Fantasia and The Sleeping Beauty Waltz with Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

I believe the most creative and exciting production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut. The Hard Nut is set in 1950s America with a very retro feel inspired by the comic artist Charles Burns — a strange but brilliant compliment to the classical music. I hope to one day be able to attend a live performance.

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