Il Ballo del Doge: Time for a New Renaissance

The splendid Gothic windows of Palazzo Pisani Moretta, which overlook the Grand Canal, will once again take on the dreamlike magic of the most surprising and exclusive show of the Venetian Carnival: Il Ballo del Doge.

Antonia Sautter, soul and mind of the intriguing artistic event now in its XXIX edition, prepares an allegorical and persuasive path from darkness to light for her guests, urging them to face the future with audacity, trust and joy, guided by paper of the Jolly.

Il Ballo del Doge Venezia


In the continuation of this tortuous evolution of the pandemic crisis, Antonia Sautter, creative soul of Il Ballo del Doge, dissolves her reservations and confirms her decision to raise the curtain on the new edition of the most sumptuous and captivating period costume gala of the Venetian Carnival.

Il Ballo del Doge

On the night of February 26 at Palazzo Pisani Moretta, the dreamlike enchantment of the artistic production conceived by the Venetian costume designer and entrepreneur returns:

Choosing to restart a complex artistic production such as Il Ballo del Doge after the forced break last year and in this period of great uncertainty, certainly implies a pinch of madness

admits Antonia Sautter, further clarifying the reasons for her decision

as an entrepreneur and costume designer engaged in the production of artistic shows that promote the high craftsman Made in Venice, I believe I must give a strong signal of trust and rebirth to my city and to the many artisans, artists and show technicians who collaborate with me since many years. In full compliance with the rules and with meticulous attention to the well-being of our guests, I am happy to give the world of art and entertainment, which has accompanied me on this adventure for a long time now, albeit in this limited edition, a stage on which to return to perform

Il Ballo del Doge


The confirmation that the XXIX edition of Il Ballo del Doge will be held in the presence marks, in fact, the restarting of an artistic machine that affects many of the arts and entertainment professions, certainly among the sectors most penalized by the long silence imposed by the pandemic.

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Behind and in front of the wings of Il Ballo del Doge seamstresses, costume designers, dressmakers, set designers, flower-designers, chefs and staff, stage masters, choreographers, photographers, video makers, light & sound designers, bartenders and runners work, but above all hundreds of artists. In addition, all guests who enter the Ball will wear haute couture period costumes rigorously made in Venice.

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In this climate of turmoil, the title chosen by Antonia Sautter for the next edition of the Doge’s Ball is a bold exhortation “Time for a New Renaissance. The curtain rises, the spotlights turn on. It’s time for rebirth!”


The theme of the XXIX edition of Il Ballo del Doge is therefore the Rebirth, declined by sub-themes:

  • Rebirth of the crafts of art, high craftsmanship and entertainment, one of the sectors most penalized by the pandemic, on which the spotlight of Il Ballo del Doge focuses
  • Rebirth of the Venice Carnival, the most mischievous collective game in the world, silenced by Covid which finally returns to color the Serenissima with joy, inviting us to face the future with confidence
  • Rebirth of each of us: it’s time to play the Jolly of Joy! Because life is also made of lightness

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To celebrate the idea of ​​rebirth – artistic, collective and individual – I wanted to accompany the Ball with a light, crazy but positive image projected towards the future: here is the Jolly sitting on a throne, crushing death and holding in his hand the world. My Jolly is inspired by the Fool’s card in the Tarot, turns its back on the past and looks to the future without fear, ready to start over every time despite any unforeseen circumstances. If things are done with love and spontaneity, the Fool tells us, they will have a good outcome. I decided not to be afraid and play the Jolly of happiness and to invite all my guests to the magical night of February 26 at Palazzo Pisani Moretta. I do not want to reveal anything of what will happen between the halls and stairways of the Palace so as not to spoil the surprise, I just anticipate that he, the Jolly, will be there to welcome them at the entrance to the Ball

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To participate in Il Ballo del Doge:, tel .: +39 041 2413802

Emanuela Zini
My professional life has been marked by several big changes that made me grow as a person and as a leader, develop new skills and mental flexibility, which in turn allows me to face challenges from a different, unique perspective. To me, writing represent a way to communicate with myself and with others. Telling stories and engaging my readers are the challenges that I am currently facing within a wider editorial project.

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