A Declaration of Love to Life: VIVID Grand Show Celebrates Its World Premiere in Berlin
A tremendous blaze of color at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, which has been sold out for weeks now: around 2,000 guests, including Lady Kitty Spencer and Barbara Eden, celebrated the dazzling World Premiere of the VIVID Grand Show. Philip Treacy, the world's most famous milliner, designed avant-garde creations for the most lavish show in Europe.
The new VIVID Grand Show is a declaration of love to life and surprises with exuberant sensory impressions. For the first time in the Palast's 99-year history, a woman is responsible for writing and directing the Grand Show. Canadian Krista Monson lives in Las Vegas where she was instrumental in the long-running success of the Cirque du Soleil show 'O' as Artistic Director: "VIVID features futuristic elements, but also remains close to reality. Many people experience that life can change in just a split second."
After Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier, the Palast's General Director and Producer Dr. Berndt Schmidt has now commissioned the talented headpiece designer Philip Treacy as Design Director and Costume Supervisor. Treacy raves: "VIVID is the most exciting project I've ever been involved in. The Palast gave me the creative freedom to work on ambitious designs and to reinterpret revolutionary headpieces from my career with experienced eyes." Under the direction of Philip Treacy, the Paris-based fashion designer, illustrator and art director Stefano Canulli is responsible for the extravagant costumes for the world's biggest theatre stage.
In English, "vivid" means colorful, bright, lively. The acronym "ID" emphasized in the VIVID show name refers to the human identity that R'eye so dearly hopes to find for herself.
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