“I am delighted and honored to be able to contribute to a project that combines so many elements of performance art, including music, set design and costume design. Here, my work resembles a ‘choreographic exercise’ in itself, because it involves creating costumes that integrate perfectly with movement,” confided Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Passionate about dance, as was Christian Dior in his day, the Creative Director sees in this art form, and all its variations, a liberating gesture expressed through body movement. Last September, her Spring-Summer 2019 ready-to-wear show dedicated to dance and its pioneers - such as Isadora Duncan and Lo?e Fuller - was punctuated by the sublime performance of choreographer Sharon Eyal.
Creating costumes for Nuit Blanche represented, once again, an occasion for Maria Grazia Chiuri to deepen creative research at the crossroads of culture, performing arts and savoir-faire.
The ensembles focus on contemporary definitions of femininity and masculinity through the choice of light, supple fabrics that best correspond to the technical and aesthetic demands of dance. With this in mind, knits and tulle are layered, bringing to life fairytale creations that are magnified onstage by the grace of Eleonora Abbagnato, an étoile at the Paris Opera and the ballet director at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and of the star dancer Friedemann Vogel, in a piece choreographed by the French talent Sébastien Bertaud.