It will be dancing with the mannequins at Ralph Pucci International, which is creating a surreal tableau for performances by the Buglisi Dance Theatre. Ralph Pucci is known for his eclectic showroom juxtaposing furniture, art, fashion and photography with the Pucci-made mannequins, but for BDT, 'We are going to clear out all the furniture and art and will have one big gigantic white exhibition space to create a journey,' Pucci said. Aside from the mannequins-a sassy gaggle called Girl to be dressed in contemporary styles by Frank Tell the dancers will intermingle with big round plaster sculptures by Michael Evert. 'My dancers will be integrating themselves in kind of a synthesis with these oversize giant craters and these very delicate mannequins,' said Jacqulyn Buglisi, BDT'S artistic director. 'There's a wonderful dynamic, a dreamlike world, a kind of metaphor of our time right now.'
There will be two performances, a Dec. 8 fund-raiser for the dance troupe and an open house Dec. 11, during the market week for the visual display and fixturing industry. The shows willl be staged in Pucci's Gallery Nine space at 44 West 18th Street Manhattan.