Venice Carnival 2019 will take place from February 16th to March 5th 2019, and Il Ballo del Doge will see its XXVI edition, on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019.
For twenty-six years Il Ballo del Doge has been the place to be during the Carnival time in Venice and every year for me starts a new challenge, with the fun of inventing a new theme, a new story to tell, where the guests are the real protagonists, in harmony with the philosophy of the Carnival of Venice: put on a custom and dive in a different dimension for a night, to break free from how the others are seeing us, and once in a while, wear a different mask.
Few times I have been asking myself if Carnival at the end, is more putting on a mask, or getting rid of the one we normally wear. Through Il Ballo del Doge myself, I always experienced the charm of provocation, the spur to change the rules, inverting the point of view towards some of the themes of the modern society, even if with a little levity.
At the end, to be true to the philosophy and to the history of Carnival itself, I would define it as “the moment when we can look at the world upside down”: the momentary freedom from the dominant truth, the momentary abolition of all the hierarchies, privileges, rules and taboos.
Carnival is provocation!
After celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary, where we celebrated the romantic themes of Nature,
Time and Pleasure, for the twenty-sixth edition of Il Ballo del Doge 2019 I’ve choosen
a subject true to the real nature of Carnival itself, and with this spirit I created its new title:
“The Magnificent Ephemeral”
In praise of Dream, Folly and Sin
An invitation to grab the ephemeral by hand, setting it free from its negative connotation, seeing the ephemeral as well as a life gift,
for that small amount of time given us, and together with it, daring, praising the beauty of the dream, madness and sin.
Too often we hear “he/she is a dreamer”, implying that “dreaming” is nothing but “being under an illusion”, losing sight of reality. But is reality really one and only? To set free our phantasy to break out of the boundaries that are limiting us, isn’t it maybe the only way to try to create something bigger and different than the predictable?
Erasmus Da Rotterdam wrote in its “Praise of Folly”
“ For there are two main obstacles to the knowledge of things, modesty that casts a mist before the understanding, and fear that, having fancied a danger, dissuades us from the attempt. But from these folly sufficiently frees us, and few there are that rightly understand of what great advantage it is to blush at nothing and attempt at everything”
Thus folly is not only a serious mental status! When we say “we need to go a little crazy” to do something, aren’t we saying that we need to set our mind free from those dictates imprisoning it, and try to go towards what we don’t know yet with a little bit of audacity, without prejudice?
The word “sin” is probably among the most controversial themes existing in the vocabulary of every language.
As we name it or hear talking about it, we soon fly inside our conscience, summing up all the cardinal sins, questioning ourselves on which of those we ever committed, and if we did it without even knowing. Sin and absolution are noisy words for our conscience, but if at Carnival “the world is upside down”, maybe we can give ourselves the luxury to be a little bit more irreverent, changing their negative aura into something good?
Il Ballo del Doge doesn’t want to give warnings or to teach any lesson, but I am always dreaming with a little bit of madness, to be a little revolutionary, and while I think of the scenography, of the shows, of the atmospheres that this new theme will bring to the Guests, waiting for Venice Carnival 2019, I invite everybody to get ready for this new edition like this:
Ready to put the status quo ante upside down?
Ready to praise the madness of human life?
Ready to revolutionize the vision of the cardinal sins?
Contact me for any information and book your ticket for Il Ballo del Doge 2019!
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