Where, how and why Il Ballo del Doge was born.
In the magical and dreamy atmosphere of the Venice Carnival the 24th edition of Il Ballo del Doge took place, which, as you may know, was dedicated to my city, the city where I live and where my imagination is constantly fed. Nothing of what I have created so far would have existed without this enchanting place.
Venice offers every artist the ideal setting for inspiration, to set their imaginations free and allow their ideas to surface. In Venice, there is endless “creative time”, the time in which your thoughts can rest and the mind stops worrying. Only then are you truly able to grab hold of that moment of creativity.
In my life, I have been lucky enough to be able to draw from this extraordinary energy, which shows itself again and again, for example, as the boat takes me across the Canal Grande, “al di là dell’acqua” as we used to say in Venice, from my house and workshop in San Tomà to my atelier. Or when, in the narrow streets of the city, my phone loses its signal and I suddenly feel free, free to get lost in my dreams, the same dreams that led me to be able to create twenty-four editions of the Il Ballo del Doge.
It is precisely for this reason, that I decided to dedicate the last version of Il Ballo del Doge, which was held last Saturday 25th of February in Palazzo Pisani Moretta, to my city, with the title “Venice is. So Splendid, so Magic, so Glam, so You!”.
Venice is strongly tied to Il Ballo del Doge, an idea that was born after a random meeting in my shop, with Terry Jones from Monty Python, one of the most famous English comedy teams, who was in town to shoot a commercial. Actually he was also thinking about making a documentary about the 4th Crusades, and was asking for my help with the costumes.
It is likely that it is only in Venice that meeting such as this one would give life to such an important event such as Il Ballo del Doge, because in this city you are able to encounter the whole world out on the streets. The direct and barrier-less contact with others, away from the frenzy of a normal city, allows you to really get to know people, to talk, dream and sometimes to plan something together.
After offering a greater and more ambitious dream to people every year, last year I felt it was the moment to pay homage to Venice and her numerous merits. Today, as much as yesteryear, she is the sacred keeper of the “creative time” that allows me the inspiration to start my journey towards the next version.