Current MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department student Ryan Hartley worked on the illustrations, artwork and interactive materials for the latest production of Igor Stravinsky’s post-WWI theater piece, Histoire du Soldat, which is being presented as a multimedia spectacle at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center. Cool Hunting covered the work that Smith did with director and choreographer Yara Travieso.
Described as, “one of Stravinsky’s most complicated pieces” that “delves into themes of chaos and absurdity,” the current staging presented a challenging task for the pair. Cool Hunting‘s Victor Reznik writes, “Hartley started sitting in on rehearsals early on to reverse-engineer around the motion of the bodies onstage. From there he pulled iconography from period source material and beyond.” Hartley is quoted as saying, “As you watch [the densely layered videos], there is a progression of influences in the images from Stalinist Russia to Nazi Propaganda to wartime American propaganda that passes into today’s war posters.'”
Image: Ryan Hartley, Histoire du Soldat, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.