This morning I had the chance to check out the set of FKA twigs’ highly anticipated Veuve Clicquot Widow Series, Titled ‘ROOMS’.
Performance art, set design, theatre, costume and dance collide for ROOMS, an original new performance and installation work written, directed and curated by FKA twigs for the Veuve Clicquot Widow Series. Told by a cast of 30 and set in a 12 room installation, twigs’ story follows the journey of DIAMAS in search of her spiritual and zodiac home. The installation has been created by a group of 12 artists, each creating zodiac worlds immersing the audience in every emotional trait, dance, song and horror of the human emotion.
Each artist was given total creative freedom to do whatever they wanted with their room, creating 12 very different and unique spaces for the guests to wander through.
The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series (with Veuve meaning Widow in French) pays homage to the revolutionary founder of the house, Madame Clicquot, who was famously widowed in October 1805. A trailblazer of her time, she single-handedly took on her late husband’s champagne business, and went on to pioneer several industry innovations whilst demonstrating her unparalleled creative prowess.
This annual event is also a nod to freedom of expression around Halloween to celebrate the arts and creative community worldwide, this year marking 150 years since Madame Clicquot’s death. Many of Madame Clicquot’s defining attributes as a figure of female strength and innovation are reflected in FKA twigs work and aesthetic, making for the perfect partnership.
Globally renowned creatives involved comprise of Gary Card, who’s work includes the infamous robotic Christmas tree made from car parts in 2012 and his elaborate headpieces for Lady Gaga, as well as one of the most inspirational contemporary beauty artists at the moment, Isamaya Ffrench. David White, the iconic set designer whose recent work includes the celebrated Calvin Klein S/S 16 campaign is also creating a room as is Andrea Cellerino, the Italian set designer who has been working for over a decade with the world’s leading fashion brands. Other names involved are Alexander Bock, Andrea Stanley, Andrew Tomlinson, Emma Roach, Gerard Santos, Jean Michel Bertin, Miguel Bento Andy Hillman and the Theo Adams Company.
There are a few tickets left and will go on sale midday Friday 28th October. If today’s preview is anything to go off of, you won’t want to miss out.