Riccardo Tisci Creates Costumes for the Ballet of the Opéra Garnier, Paris

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Como si fuera alta costura para el escenario, Riccardo Tisci colabora por primera vez con el taller de trajes de la Ópera Garnier para diseñar el vestuario del ballet Boléro de Ravel.

Like creating Haute Couture for stage, Riccardo Tisci for the first time collaborates with the atelier of the Palais Garnier Ópera to create costumes for the ballet Boléro de Ravel.

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Photo credits: Agathe Poupeney - Opéra national de Paris / Inez &Vinoodh

 In his own words he describes the experience:

“It is one of the dreams of a designer to design costumes for a ballet. I have had offers in the past from many other big theaters/operas. But I never felt ready. When this one came along, I felt it was the moment to say yes for many reasons.
First, being Italian, I am very proud to have been asked to create costumes by Brigitte Lefèvre, director of danse at Paris’ national Opera which is the biggest opera theater in the world and it is such an iconic institution in France. Second, because it is the Bolero. The project is amazing because it is made by a group of unique people with great talent, from the set design by Marina Abramovic to choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.
Bolero is all about intensity! The music has such an intense feeling. I wanted the dancers to feel naked somehow. The costumes express two sides of me: darkness and romanticism. The dancers wear nude catsuits in illusion tulle embroidered with white lace forming a skeleton. They shed several layers as they dance just like the life cycle of animals or flowers losing their petals. They become these moving skeletons, strong and fragile at the same time.”Riccardo Tisci

Creative team:
-        Concept                 :        Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet & Marina Abramovic
-        Choreography                 :        Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet
-        Set design                 :        Marina Abramovic
-        Costumes’ designer        :        Riccardo Tisci
-        Dancers                :        Marie-Agnès Gillot
                                Aurélie Dupont                                                                        
                                Jérémie Bélingard        
                                Vincent Chaillet
                                Muriel Zusperreguy
                                Marc Moreau
                                Alice Renavand
                                Alexandre Gasse
                                Letizia Galloni
                                Daniel Stokes
                                Adrien Couvez
-        Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris, director of danse
                        :        Brigitte Lefèvre