Il Ballo del Doge 2020 will be my new challenge to express the essence of the Carnival of Venice through the symbolism of rhapsody, that in its musical meaning represents the freedom of interpreting a theme, without established patterns, a succession of mixed ideas and rhythms that express for everyone the possibility of experimenting and improvising while telling a story.
The title of Il Ballo del Doge 2020, taking place the Saturday close to the climax of the festivities of the Carnival of Venice, February 22nd 2020, tells it all about the yearly theme:
Provocation, Redemption, Miracle
Provocation as a question:
Carnival is real life, or real life is nothing but a Carnival?
Thinking of this new edition, and looking at the contemporaneity of our lives nowadays, there is another question riding the wave of my thoughts and my inspiration.
Do we really know where real life begins?
The provocative answer:
Let’s break free from our comfort zone!
In the years there is surely one thing I am certain about, regarding myself and all the Guests that Il Ballo del Doge has seen during the years: Il Ballo del Doge makes us get rid of all the things we are sure about, going away from what is predictable in the daily life, and wear, with a mask and a costume, also a new identity, maybe the one better representing our true self.
Sometimes you just need to forgive yourself and simply be happy!
And if you are not able to do it alone, Il Ballo del Doge can help us look further, absolving you from all your fears and guilt for one night, providing us with the greatest luxury:
To be ourselves, wearing a costume and
living in peace with our human imperfections.
I know, we need a miracle, you may think!
Every year, shortly before the opening of the gates of Il Ballo del Doge, is exactly what I try to tell myself, because providence, regardless of our religion, is a stable ingredient of our lives.
We do our best, we are committed, we try to take into consideration all the details, we want perfection in all we do, but we cannot help hoping in the divine intervention, to overcome our limits.
Because things happen, yes our action are determinant, but the exceptional events that we experience, give that sense of marvel, that must be lived at least for one night.
Is this real life? Or is it pure fantasy?
Life is a Carnival!
Venice – Saturday, February 22nd 2020
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