Dior’s Love Affair With Contemporary Dance Continues

A new collaboration with Germany’s Ruhrtriennale Festival

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It’s always magical when dance and high fashion come together, like during Dior’s Spring-Summer 2019 ready-to-wear show. Maria Grazia Chiuri brought her fascination with the world of dance to life by collaborating with choreographer Sharon Eyal. And now, they’re doing it again.

The creative director of Dior and Eyal have come together one year later, this time for a performance choreographed by Eyal at the annual Ruhrtriennale festival in Germany. Ruhrtriennale is a performing arts festival held in Germany’s Ruhr region. Each year, the event takes over urban spaces across the region to host contemporary art installations.

Chiuri stepped in to design the costumes for ‘Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart’, the third instalment of a trilogy presented by the festival, which is choreographed by Eyal in partnership with Gai Behar, who make up dance company L-E-V. 

With love as the central theme of the performance, Chiuri was eager to work alongside him.

“When Sharon explained the concept of Chapter 3, I immediately understood that she was working on something extraordinary, and I am honoured to be part of it,” she said. 

Ornated with red motifs, which were inspired by different sensations, Chiuri designed the costumes to feature patterns that have been described as “a world map of emotions” by the fashion house. And true to German culture, Chiuri reinterpreted engravings by the German theologian Daniel Cramer representing sorrow, happiness, affection and healing in the pieces.

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Glimpse @MariaGraziaChiuri’s & Christian @Dior Couture creation process of the costumes for our latest piece ‘Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart’, the third part in a trilogy about love created by #SharonEyal and Gai Behar. The performance expresses the heart’s reparation process, pain and adversities overcome, like an evocation of nature and feelings recalling Monsieur Dior’s passions. Creator: Sharon Eyal Co-Creator: Gai Behar Music: @Lichtik Costumes: Maria Grazia Chiuri – Christian Dior Couture Light Design: @Cohalon Dancers: @dirtyyoungmoney @danielnorgrenjensen @marikokakizaki_ @zimarel_leo @gogo4cash @gone111 @kerenluriepardes @alice_the_malice #RebeccaHytting

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 “Sharon’s way of talking about life, including unforeseen and even painful, events and the way everything transforms and evolves through her body language inspired me a lot when designing the outfits,” Chiuri added. 

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