Il Ballo del Doge, Carnival Obsession by Antonia Sauter


by Alexandra Mas

There exists a moment when laughter and joy blend harmoniously with sparkles, bubbles, and daydreams. Carnival time, adorned in vibrant hues and heightened emotions, echoes throughout the world. Yet, there is a place on this planet where this celebration transcends into another realm. Venice becomes an exhilarating fiesta, an experience one wishes to relive endlessly.


Antonia Sauter

Steeped in its rich history, adorned with masks embodying ancient symbolic roles, the Serenissima, and its joyous traditions, have tales to recount from centuries past and many more to create in the future. A realm of freedom, historically frivolous and elegant, exuding the kind of lightness that resides in exquisite minds and mindsets.

However, amidst the palaces, private parties, boats, and taverns vibrating under the weight of historical costumes and authentic masks, there lies a hidden gem—an event that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Il Ballo del Doge is not just a promise of an extraordinary experience but a graceful keepsake where magnificence and talent converge to evoke sheer euphoria.

Il Ballo del Doge is like a dream within a dream, transcending time and space. It stands as a living masterpiece, proudly bearing the signature of a passionate woman who made a solemn promise to the world—to craft beauty with the same artistry and dedication as one would compose a poetic masterpiece.

“Passions overwhelm you, but they are transient. An obsession accompanies you throughout your life. It urges you to refine your talent and forces you to come to terms with our essence every day. When something obsesses us, we never feel that we have achieved a goal because obsession immediately sets another, more challenging goal, pushing us to dare more and more. My obsession is the pursuit of absolute aesthetic beauty of the Carnival, and Il Ballo del Doge is its most concrete expression. For this reason, and also because I am convinced that the persistence of constructive obsessions is a value to be preserved in times when everything is moving so fast, this year I decided to unveil it and tell it to my guests with Carnival Obsession

Antonia Sautter

Each edition of Il Ballo del Doge is a testament to this commitment, a manifestation of the artistic vision and unwavering dedication of its creator. It is an immersive experience meticulously designed to transport its international guests into a realm of beauty, elegance, and fantasy. Antonia Sautter channels her passion into every detail, from casting talents to the interior design and costume creations worthy of an haute couture house. No wonder, for its 31st edition, she is embracing it as her obsession because only a complex fascination can master sophistication into grace and beauty into rare opulence.

Indeed, Il Ballo del Doge stands as the most sought-after and luxurious social event of the Venice Carnival, scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2024, in the monumental setting of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia.

“I consider Il Ballo del Doge my work of art in progress: on the surface, it may appear merely worldly and ephemeral – we work for an entire year to create a gala show that lasts only one night – but deep down, it tells one of the most rooted traditions of my culture, that of the Venetian Carnival. Working onIl Ballo del Doge is a way to keep our tradition alive and continue to narrate the mischievous, seductive, and refined essence of my beloved city, Venice”

Antonia Sautter.

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