THE BARONESS BEATRICE BALL
THE BARONESS BEATRICE BALL
Saturday 22th of July 2017 at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
"Japanism and Orientalism"
of the time of the Belle Epoque
On the occasion of the 2nd edition of the Bal de la Baronne Béatrice, organized by the AIDA Cultural Association of Monaco, the wooded paths of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild saw a crowd of Maharajas, Princesses of Thousand and One Nights, Geishas, Warriors of the Deserts, Shoguns, Explorers, Officers of the British Colonial Armies … to revive, for one night, the creative eccentricity of the great costumed Ballets of the Belle Epoque.
This costume ball is one of the most flamboyant events of the summer season on the Riviera, by its atypism and its program where the art of entertainment meets the tradition of French savoir-vivre in a format designed by the late nineteenth-century Haute Aristocracy, which relied on the great artistic movements to build the Fancy of these costumed balls. Orientalism and Japanism were honored for this opus 2017 of the Ball of the Baroness Beatrice.
The Ball offered to its guests a program in several stages; An arrival in the form of a Garden Party “India Colonial”, in a park of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, around a sensory experience between Ice-teas with the flavors of Orient and scent of perfumes thanks to the teams of Maison Molinard which was the first French perfumer to surf the orientalist wave at the beginning of the 20th century.
A broom of vintage vehicles drove the guests to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild where they were offered a bucolic route in the Villa Gardens, to discover the staging of Sofie Melnick‘s animal sculptures around one of the Arabian Nights tales before admiring the 10 paintings made by the painter Elizabeth Wessel depicting the historical figures that marked this infatuation of an era for Orientalism and Japanism during a cocktail accompanied by Champagne Romerhöf.
The Dinner, imagined by Chef Joannès of the Fairmont Monte-Carlo and accompanied by the Art Mas wines, offered a gustative walk between the Orient and the Far East, after that the Opera Singer Delia Grace Noble subjugated her audience with a poignant interpretation of “Madame Butterfly” by Puccini and before the concert, presented by the Festival Mawoma, by the pianist Christie Julien, whose interpretation of the Dance Macabre of Saint-Saëns created the emotion …
The evening continued, in the patio of the Villa, until 3 am by a ball influenced by the sensual joy of the “world music”, animated by the DJ Tom Lion, around exotic cocktails especially imagined for the occasion By the Vodka Le Baron Garnier.