My Kids in "The Spell" Tableau Vivant at Creative City Project

Last Saturday, three of my kids (ages 13, 17, and 20) participated in the Creative City Project in downtown Orlando. My husband’s cousin, Deborah Knispel of DEK Creates, won a spot with her proposal to do a tableau vivant (living picture) of Goya’s painting “The Spell.” It’s a pretty spooky scene, fitting for the day after Halloween.

“The Spell” painting by Francisco Goya


It took a while for the six actors to get their makeup and costumes on.


Naomi, with help from Lydia,
whose mask is down around her neck

Lydia, Andrew, and Naomi


Lots of set up! 

There were a lot of other exhibits right there in Heritage Square in front of the Orange County historical museum, as well as at other downtown locations. We saw dancing, singing, poetry, and more.

They also had several bird kites on poles for anyone to try flying.

I gave it a whirl.

Back at the tableau, Deb directs them to get into position. They hold it for about 30 seconds, then relax again for a few minutes. They did the tableau several times that evening.

Some of the siblings came to watch. Joanna brought two friends.

 It was pretty cold out for once!

On the way back to the van, we stopped to watch an aerial act by Cirque de Soleil. The red sash was suspended from a huge crane.

One last shot of downtown Orlando lit up for the night.

A very interesting evening, I’d say!

Virginia Knowles


About virginiaknowles

I am a mother and grandmother of a huge family, and I still home school my youngest daughter. I write to stay sane. My WordPress blog is a combination of my Blogspot blogs, and may not be continually updated.
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