ARTS & LEISURE

Marina Draghici, winner of the Lortel Award for costumes

Scenery-painter and costume designer Marina Draghici was granted a Lortel Award, the most important award offered to off-Broadway productions in New York, for the costumes she created for the performance “Fela,” according to the official website of the awards.

She was nominated for the scenery and costumes of the performance “Fela!,” conceived by choreographer Bill T. Jones and produced by the 37 Arts Theatre in New York.

The performance, based on the life and music of African legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, author of the Afro-beat, had its off-Broadway premiere in September 2008, and was tremendously praised by New York critics and theatre lovers.

For the scenery and mural paintings that covered the walls of the 37 Arts Theatre, where the performance was presented until October 5, 2008, Marina Draghici collaborated with Romanian street artists Omar, Nuclear Fairy and IRLO.

The performance “Fela!” also won the Lortel Awards for the Best Musical and the Best Choreographer and Sahr Ngaujah, who played the protagonist, was nominated to the Best Actor in a Lead Role.

The Lortel Awards were founded in 1985, to pay homage to American actress and theatre producer Lucille Lortel (1900 – 1999).

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