Performance art, set design, theatre and dance collide for “Rooms,” an original new performance and installation work written, directed and curated by FKA Twigs for the second instalment of Veuve Clicquot’s 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, song and horror of the human emotion.
The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series (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. Veuve Clicquot has a long history of innovation and creativity. When Madame Clicquot invented the riddling table in 1816 in an effort to make her wines crystal clear, she revolutionised both champagne and the champagne house forever. Since then, Veuve Clicquot has continued to lead innovation in every field. The brand is renowned for other noteworthy partnerships on the international scene, such as Tom Dixon, The Campana Brothers, Andrée Putman and Pablo Reinoso. Working closely with FKA Twigs on this project since its conception, Veuve Clicquot has continued its commitment to the champagne house’s creative heritage.
This annual event is also a nod to freedom of expression around Hallowe’en 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, whose 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 SS16 campaign, is also creating a room. “I’m very excited to be working with Veuve Clicquot on their Widow Series,” he said. “It provides such an open and interesting platform with creativity at its heart. Introducing an innovative artist such as FKA twigs to the mix deepens and broadens an already rich collaboration with endless exciting possibilities.”
FKA twigs added, “There aren’t always opportunities to make your wildest creative ideas a reality. This is one of my most ambitious projects to date, so I’m very excited to be bringing it to life for the Veuve Clicquot Widow Series.”
For more information, go to www.veuveclicquotwidowseries.co.uk.