Joie de VIvre
Holly Jade O'Leary created immersive festive entertainment, immersive theatre, live music and a staged conceptual fashion show on behalf of The Library private members club.
Library is a private members' club deep in the heart of London's theatre land Covent Garden. The bar, restaurant and events space is filled with books, poetry and art. Stained glass windows meet you at the entrance, and a wall of light feature and a piano grace the stage.
I worked with an incredible, heartfelt lighting and production design team, creating bespoke costumed characters and entertainment, and laser cut illustrations and invitations at Makerversity, Somerset House. As much we possibly could, we used reclaimed materials, such as leather bound ring binders that would other wise have been thrown away to create unique fairytale art: castles and unicorns, hand embossed and painted to luxury effect.
We drew influence from classical fairytales, French romanticism and African folklore tales such as: 'The Story of the Fairy Foxes with Wings of the Night Mists" to immerse guests in the magical world of Christmas festivities.
The Jewelled Moon Theatre Company choreographed ballet and dance performances from Harriet Green, Katie Morel Orchard, Sarah Lenney and Lady Hamilton, cabaret and living tableaux by Sorcha Jane and Scarlett San Martin, and classically inspired musical compositions, in tableaux which combine mysticism, 1930's film noire, opera and fairy tales to evocative effect. Music was provide by Jake Stevens and The Butterfly Wheel, and a DJ Set from Peter Kaftanski.
The Fairy Emporium - a textile art collection by Holly Jade O'Leary featured corseting and layers of stardust crystals and gemstones, modelled by TV presenter, journalist and SOAS lecturer Emma Dabiri. The showcase was accompanied by 'Dance Til Dawn' an ethical fine jewellery collection by Lily Flo Jewellery.
A fantasia filled with extraordinary performers and artists creating immersive narratives...
With thanks to ethical fine jeweller Lily Flo Jewellery, and Gosia Wolinski for assistance with costumes and styling, Sofia Cardoso for hair styling, The Bardou and Sarah Young for make up, photographers Alessia Chinazzo and Stephen Brockerton, and Patricia Roland Polo for lighting design.
Creative director: Holly Jade O’Leary
Venue: The Library private members club Covent Garden
Cast: Katie Morel-Orchard, Sarah Jane Lenney, Harriet Russell, Emma Dabiri, Sorcha Jane Mcmorrow, Lady Hamilton, Scarlett Martin, Sasha Khreal, Kevin Campbell Davidson, Marcus St Cyr
Lighting designer: Patricia Roland Polo
Make Up Artist: Sarah Young (Glitter & Rouge) The Bardou
Hair stylist: Sofia Cardoso
DJ: Piotr Kaftański
Pianist: Jake Stevens
Music: The Butterfly Wheel, Diana Duet
Photography: Alessia Chinazzo, Stephen Brockerton
Video: Stephen Brockerton
Costumes: Holly Jade O’Leary, Gosia Wolinska
Jewellery: Lily Flo Jewellery