The concert begins on January 26th at 7pm in the Great Hall of the Great Guild. There, from January 29 to February 26, the Grand Guild will have the opportunity to see a multimedia exhibition of Margarita Vilcāne’s stage costumes, marking the unique place of fashion on stage in the second half of the 20th century. Costume designer – Ārija Punenova.
In the jubilee concert of the outstanding singer, the audience will be amazed by Zigfrīds Muktupāvels, Normunds Rutulis, Intars Busulis, Daumants Kalniņš, the group “Carnival Youth”, the choir “Anima”, the instrumental group led by Kristaps Krievkalns and of course the jubilarian herself In addition to Margarita Vilcāne, special guests will also perform – fashion artist Asnāte Smeltere and Maestro Raimonds Pauls. The concert is intended as a conversation between the jubilee and other artists, in which such popular songs as “About the Last Page”, “Stay and Don’t Go”, “White Sun” and others intertwine.
Margarita Vilcāne is one of the most popular pop artists in Latvia. Her concert activity is closely connected with the Grand Guild Hall (former State Philharmonic), as well as with the vocal-instrumental ensemble “Tip Top” by Uldis Stabulnieks and the Riga Stage Orchestra (REO). Margarita has performed both as a solo artist and in duet with her longtime stage partner Ojārs Grīnbergs. Vilcāne is a scene icon of his time that left no one indifferent. She has received recognition from people in Latvia and abroad for her outstanding singing talent and beautiful stage costumes. From the late 1960s, Ārija Punenova, best friend of the singer-artist and model of the Riga Model House, was responsible for every modeled and manufactured Margarita costume. The two artists met during the EXPO 1967 in Montreal, where Margarita performed as a singer and Aria as a model.
In the multimedia exhibition of Margarita Vilcāne’s concert costumes, 24 stage costumes will be on display, with the help of which a dialogue between the singer and Ārija Punenova will be revealed and will serve as a testimony of the fashion place in the unique pop genre. In the exhibition we can see costumes from different eras, each dedicated to its own concert program or even a specific song. The costumes are a collaboration between both artists. The exhibition will also include Costume Notes, summarizing the comments made by Margarita Vilcāne and the fashion art students of the Latvian Academy of Arts on the stylistic aspect of costumes and the creative resources required for their creation during the Soviet era. The organizers of the exhibition are students and teachers of the Latvian Academy of Arts in the fields of environmental art, fashion art, graphics and packaging. The authors of the idea are Barbara Ābele and Sintija Šustiņa.
The design of the exhibition room is based on the aesthetic principles of pop culture of the second half of the 20th century and shows the typical means of expression and technological possibilities of the time in the color and light language that was popular at the time.
The exhibition can be seen in the White Hall of the Great Guild from January 29 to February 26 on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12pm to 3pm and during the concert. The exhibition is also open on two special days, January 29th and February 19th, 12.00 p.m. to 15.00 p.m., presentation of the ideas of the authors and fashion artists who will tell a story about the costumes.
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