Louis Ghost 20th Anniversary

Louis Ghost 20th Anniversary

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Kartell has chosen a special collaboration with Teatro alla Scala, the iconic Milanese temple of opera and ballet. And it is ballet that provides the opportunity to recount the shared qualities of a pas de deux and the line designed by the chair, namely lightness, perfection, elegance and style.

The chair’s clean lines had already captured the imagination of choreographer Patrick de Bana, inspiring his version of Marie Antoinette produced in 2010 as a pas de deux for and with the Paris Opera étoile Agnès Letestu, who designed also the costumes, and developed further in 2016 at the behest of Manuel Legris, then director of Wiener Staatsballett, earning a nomination for the prestigious Benois de la danse prize.

For this original new project with Kartell, de Bana created the duet “Marie Antoinette Reloaded” inspired by his ballet Marie Antoinette, entrusting the lines, tension and creative inspiration to Maria Celeste Losa and Gabriele Corrado, La Scala soloist dancers who combine technique, expressiveness and contemporary energy with innate grace and harmony.

The ballet and the chair are the subject of the screenplay for a short film titled “Louis Ghost on stage” directed by young film director Aksinja Bellone. This is another project linking art and other forms of creative expression to an object that is the culmination of pure creativity. The short film will be shared on the Kartell digital media channels and will join the special projects housed in the Kartell Museo, highlighting the pages of a story that is still being written.

In the Toscanini Foyer, a gallery of pictures and videos dedicated to Louis Ghost will provide the backdrop to various performances, including the monologue “I am Louis Ghost” in which the chair talks about itself, thanks to the voice of actress Matilde Gioli and words by Lidia Labianca.

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