Its a shame to hear about an amazing experience only after the event is over but some things are worth knowing about even if you yourself cannot experience it. A few nights ago, on a flying visit to Venice I had the privilege to witness one of the most incredible nights of entertainment.
Tucked away in the winding labyrinth of Venice's streets is Palazzo Fortuny, a museum that is sometimes doubles as a theatre, housed in one of the most beautiful courtyards in Venice. Here you can see the fabrics and tapestry works of Fortuny displayed as a stunning background for unusual performances.
Anagoor's Ballo Venezia played out acts throughout the house -- the first was in the crypt-like basement. Guests sat on cushions and watched shimmering dancers covered head to toe in golden glitter flit in and out of the shadows.
The performance continued act by act throughout the amazing house, taking us from the cellar, through the courtyard and up into the gallery, where hidden singers created a spooky acoustic backdrop to the private art collection of Fortuny.
Anagoor continue to tour and perform, upcoming dates can be found on their website and the Museo Fortuny is open for events throughout the year. Its well worth a visit.
Shai Akram met Andrew Haythornthwaite while studying at the Royal College of Art, the two now run their own design practice and are also members of the Okay Studio collective. Her projects cover creative direction and design for interiors, events, and furniture/product ranges. Shaiâ€™s work is a combination of practice and theory, translating research and ideology into objects and visual language. Her work has been exhibited internationally and projects have taken her to China, New Zealand and Italy- although Shai loves to travel, she secretly wishes she would stay in one place long enough to have a cat.