Text Angelica Carrara
The Aphrodite of Knidos has reigned supreme at Arena di Verona in the night of 6th October, on the occasion of the fourth edition of Intimissimi on Ice. The goddess has been the muse of A legend of Beauty, directed by Damiano Michieletto, under the creative direction of Marco Balich (the man of Olympic ceremonies). The show was a tribute to the feminine figure of classic mythology: from a shell emerged from the waters, to the shining dancing water-lilies – up to the oxymoron: a burning Trojan horse. The encounter between classic and pop style, love and tragedies recounted in the ancient world, which today are more actual than ever. If usually the ticket is worth the seat, this time this is not true. Less gala, more show. A return to the old sense of the Roman arena, with no stalls areas, no first-row seats and the whole audience on the terraces. In the middle, the ice field: made up with more than sixty-thousand litres of water, larger than a hockey pitch. Two lateral wings were reserved to choir and orchestra. The whole press was there, upon invitation by Sandro Veronesi, president of Gruppo Calzedonia, tonight in the guise of art patron. Only Olympic champions performed. The Japanese champion Shizuka Arakawa, the ‘czar’ Evgenij Pljuščenko, the king of tops Stéphane Lambiel, the American couple Meryl Davis with Charlie White and the Canadian Meagan Duhamel with Eric Radford. To the tune of John Metcalfe’s compositions and the voice of Andrea Bocelli. The ‘Aphrodite parties’ were lived with a great participation of pleasures. Chiara Ferragni, the costume designer, but this is a language for bloggers. Katie Homes, guest star, in sexy-tomboy version; top-model Irina Shayk, a shimmering mermaid without tail; tennis player Ana Ivanovic, who wore tights to observe the etiquette, and food writer Ella Mills, dressed with a debatable mix of textures – silk, microfiber and leather, resulted in elegance, perhaps thanks to the black – but the most shining star was Matilde Lutz, with her simple smile.