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"Tableaux Al Fresco"
and other Festival Entertainment
Popular in today's leisure time are ARTS
FESTIVALS, CHILDREN'S FESTIVALS,
and CITY FESTIVALS. All of these types of
events may require specialized entertainment and attention to detail.
Read below about
performance "art" which can be utilized in all three event
(Note: this page is not for Renaissance Festivals' performances - please see the
Renaissance page for that information).
"Tableaux Al Fresco"
Current "Tableaux" |
Stage Shows |
A performance "art" like no other
A walking talking painting interacts with
guests at any festival event. The large format of arts or children's festivals
increases exposure and can focus attention for as long a length of time as the guests
wish. Since the Tableaux wanders about the grounds, the high visibilitry creates buzz in
the streets. Suddenly, the lanes are moving. Children perk up because there is something
to do, just for them. Adults are able to laugh. Why have "just a juggler" as a
walkaround, when you can have the most visual of performance "art"!
Muney is a 20-yr professional entertainer AND a
illustrator, schooled in art history! Combining these backgrounds was a natural; since
few performers are artists, or
few artists are bold enough to become performers,
there is no equal to this entertainment form. Having the fortitude to work within crowds,
attend to each visitor, and sometimes have a snappy, comedic comeback while bringing
forth great art is a brand-new perspective on festivals.
All "Tableaux al Fresco"
(meaning "paintings outdoors") are interactive in some manner,
including one which has the guests painting the canvas! These are perfect for children's events, which need special attention to
each child, or arts events, which require
focus on visual and performance arts. The "Tableaux Al Fresco" is both. Shown
at right: parent and child both paint "Mona Lisa".
All "tableaux" (see
Current "Tableaux" below) are
represented in good taste.
(No nudity, even if the Masters first painted them that way!). Suitable for all audiences
. . . every painting and "special effect" is created by Lauren in her own
workshop. This not a rental costume - every part and parcel was developed for maximum
impact by the artist-performer herself.
At each festival event, all
"tableaux" available can be performed. That means that the guests are treated to
a variety of paintings, special "effects", and interaction. No two are alike, so
the variety of paintings seems endless for the visitors. Depending on the venue, Lauren
will even take suggestions. (See "Suggest
a Painting", below). The roving performances can be booked for up to 4 hours each
day; this is far more personal impact than many stage shows!
Highly received by organizers and
visitors alike at events already performed. The "tableaux" are only in their
second season of performances, and have already tripled its bookings, including repeat
events. Lauren even has been tapped to produce a Mona Lisa for the Maryland Renaissance Festival
form" is based
upon concepts of tableaux which date from the Middle Ages. While the Renaissance cultures
practiced tableaux performances, Victorians especially enjoyed statue-like tableaux
because the art form allowed women to be shown in tight outfits, bypassing the strict
clothing regulations. There is even a month-long Pageant of the Masters in Laguna
Beach, CA, which recreate famous works of art using hundreds of "performers"
thousands of labor-hours creating sets and makeup to mimic Old Masters paintings.
Faced with a luscious palette of colors, a child or adult
is invited to paint on the canvas and become a piece of art history. While working with
the pigments, the "artwork" often imparts details about the original master or
the masterpiece itself.
Lauren has two
versions of this artwork: one for guest-painting (see photos at top of this page) and one for just viewing.
This "tableaux" was originally created for an
arts event While this painting is not for interactive painting, part of the
"tableaux" is 3-dimensional and quite startling. A hint of American Gothic
can be seen in the photos above. Want to know which parts? Have it at your event.
Birth of Venus
Venus does NOT to have her "naughty bits"
showing but the comedy of her presence is still evident. Once again, this
"tableaux" has 3-dimensional elements and the opportunity of surprise. . . by
far the most ambitious presentation.
"Green Stripe" (not pictured here in
performance) uses theatrical makeup to simulate the colors in this unusual painting. While
Henri Matisse, the original painter, painted the odd facial colorings "just because
the colors are not found that way in life", Lauren re-creates these colorations
exactly. This Tableaux is not a full-body painting, but just a hand-held miniature
Elizabeth I is the first Tableaux which
goes beyond the facial boundaries, utilizing wig, pearl tiara, veil, and even lush
handcrafted lace ruff to recreate this painting.
The Electric Woman
First Night Annapolis, MD, 2000
A custom-created Tableaux Al Fresco
was unveiled for
First Night Annapolis,
one of the state of Maryland's premier New Year's Eve events, a
nighttime outdoor event.
be displayed as soon as a copy is found.
Have a suggestion for a new Tableaux?
Email your suggestions! They must have 3-D
elements and become interactive in some manner. Lauren will offer a prize for the best
suggestions which can be incorporated into future presentations. She will even take
suggestions for certain specialty events, such as Dickens Festivals (1880's) or
Shakespeare Celebrations (1600's).
a complete stranger Tableaux Fan!
Al Fresco caught my attention [from the flyer] right from the start. The
uniqueness, and creativity are immediately noticeable. Now add to the package fun,
culture, education, and the great, uplifting personality of Lauren Muney . . . and you
have a BIG WINNER! That's the result of having Tableaux Al Fresco at Mayfair 99: A great
success from A to Z, from kids to adult-kids!"
- Franco Sattamini, Artistic Director,
Festival, Allentown, PA
"Tableaux Al Fresco was again an
unmistakable hit with our visitors, and we love seeing the new paintings."
- Catherine Chapman, former Promotions Director,
Imagination Bethesda Children's Festival,
(photo at right is from this popular event)
of Public Relations loved you - you were his favorite performer. It was obvious from the
audience reaction that they enjoyed you too. I will highly recommend you to anyone who
asks. You helped make Artscape a wonderful success!"
- Mary Ann Jung, Family Performances
Artscape, Baltimore, MD
most creative thing I have ever seen!"
- A parent at an event
"This is the
most fun I've had today!"
- Tableaux child "painter" at Allentown's Mayfair Festival
your picture in the paper! That was the most brilliant thing I had ever seen!"
- Kinetic Artistry, Takoma Park, MD, (props and theatrical supplies), when Lauren was
explaining why she needed some specialized supplies.
at those paintings for the longest time. It's the strangest thing."
- Jim Frank
More Traditional Festival Offerings:
A list and description of
Stage Shows available for festivals. Depending on the festival
format, theme, or target audience, Snake Oil Productions can help you choose an
If an event wants to look for more traditional walkaround entertainment, here is
the list of offered
Performances. Each facet has been performed for years, and Snake Oil Productions'
large costume wardrobe can satisfy even the most unusual requests. Festival events
frequently want exceptional interactive performances of many types for complete guest
enjoyment. Here is a rather complete list of available options.