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Giovanna Battaglia: Queen Of The Night

Giovanna Battaglia: Queen of the Night
By Francesca Berti

Il Paramount Hotel, nel quartiere dei teatri di New York, è nel pieno di un’emozionante risveglio dopo una ristrutturazione costata 40 milioni di dollari, investiti dal magnate immobiliare e mecenate delle arti Aby Rosen, della RFR Holding LLC.

La proprietà simbolo di New York, inaugurata nel 1928, è uno dei pochi hotel progettato e costruito dall’architetto teatrale Thomas W. Lamb. L’estetica dell’hotel combina il suo patrimonio Art Deco, con uno stile moderno, creando un’atmosfera urbana sexy che ben incarna il vecchio glamour Newyorkese, e ne fa uno dei rari alberghi di Times Square con ancora un’anima.

La trasformazione del Paramount sarà completata con la riapertura del Diamond Horseshos, ritrovo bohémien aperto nel 1938 dall’eccentrico impresario teatrale Billy Rose, luogo dove ci si ritrovava dopo lo spettacolo per cenare, parlare della mise en scene e per guardare le belle fanciulle del varietà.

Dopo 75 anni dalla sua apertura il Diamond Horseshoe, situato nella sua posizione sotterranea originaria dell’hotel, riaprirà con una variegata programmazione, la prima della quale sarà una produzione chiamata Queen of the Night, che durerà solo sei settimane, e sarà prodotta da Randy Weider di Variety World Wide LLC, lo stesso di Sleep No More.

Il Queen of the Night è una fusione di performance che unisce cibo, musica, danza, moda, teatro e spettacoli circensi, e mette insieme un team di professionisti supercreativo che comprende Giovanna Battaglia alla direzione artistica, Thom Browne ai costumi e Jennifer Rubell al menù.

Il nome Queen of the Night è liberamente ispirato al ballo delle debuttanti ideato dalla Marchesa italiana Luisa Casati per la figlia Cristina. La Marchesa, dalla quale sono ispirati anche i costumi di scena, amava organizzare balli in maschera e feste sontuose con lo scopo di rendere se stessa e la sua vita un’opera d’arte vivente, come spesso proclamato dalla stessa.

Nel corso degli ultimi anni Luisa Casati ha ispirato interi editoriali di moda, come quello del 2003, dove Carine Roitfeld ha personificato la Marchesa ed è stata fotografata da Karl Lagerfeld nel numero del 22 Settembre del New Yorker.

Giovanna Battaglia: Queen of the Night
By Francesca Berti

The Paramount Hotel, in the theatre district of New York, is in the midst of an exciting awakening after a renovation costing $40 million, invested by the real estate tycoon and patron of the arts Aby Rosen’s RFR Holding LLC.

The property symbol of New York, inaugurated in 1928, is one the few hotels designed and constructed by the theatre architect Thomas W. Lamb. The aesthetics of the hotel combine its Art Deco heritage with a modern style, creating a sexy urban atmosphere that embodies the glamour of old New York, and makes it one of the rare hotels in Times Square that retains a soul.

The transformation of the Paramount will be completed with the reopening of the Diamond Horseshoe, a bohemian hangout opened in 1938 by the eccentric theatrical impresario Billy Rose, a place to meet for dinner after the show, to discuss mise-en-scène, and to watch the variety of beautiful girls.

After 75 years of opening, the Diamond Horseshoe, situated in its original underground location beneath the hotel, will reopen with a varied program, the first of which will be a production called Queen of the Night, lasting only six weeks, which will be produced by Randy Weider of Variety World Wide LLC, known for Sleep No More.

Queen of the Night is a fusion of performances that unites food, music, dance, fashion, theatre, and circus, and puts together a team of professionals that includes Giovanna Battaglia as creative director, Thom Browne as costume designer, and Jennifer Rubel as culinary wizard. Regarding the show and particularly the costumes, Browne shared, “My approach was based on hearing about Giovanna’s interpretation of the piece and her vision for the characters and I went from there. I wanted to be provocative and true to story. I only went into this by being persuaded by Giovanna and the people involved.”

The name "Queen of the Night" is loosely inspired by the debutante ball ideated by the Italian Marchesa Luisa Casati for her daughter Cristina. The Marchesa, who also inspired the costumes, loved organizing masked balls and sumptuous feasts with the purpose to make herself and her life a living work of art, as often proclaimed by the same.

In the course of recent years, Luisa Casati has inspired entire editorials of fashion, as in 2003, when Carine Roitfeld personified the Marchesa and was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for the 22 September issue of The New Yorker.

Queen of the Night opens at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in New York on New Year's Eve; although the shows for that evening are sold out, tickets for other dates are still available at this time.

View a tiny little teaser for Queen of the Night from Gio's Instagram stream.

Queen of the Night images courtesy of queenofthenightnyc.com.

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I'm SPEECHLESS ! So exciting ! Well done Francesca !
28 dicembre 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

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