KLIMT Inspired Dress fitting on August 19, 2012 (Madrid, Spain)

KLIT Inspired dress comes out of the closet

Today we had the first fitting of the  Klimt inspired dress which I will wear for KLIMT:  The Artist of the Soul this coming November.  This magnificent creation by Samuel Pertegás was made over four years ago, as a final project of Samuel’s degree in tailoring and dress design. It was seen in public only once, and remained in a drawer forgotten until a recent meeting between Samuel and pianist Emilio González Sanz, pianist and creator of the KLIMT:  Th Artist of the Soul project.  Assisted by designer and stylist Paula Ayala Rodríguez, the dress was fitted on me, and various things were talked and brainstormed, among them a plan on how I could handle the voluminous train with grace (of approximately five meters), which is made up of glorious patchwork and embroidery that emulates the stunning designs found in the paintings by Gustav Klimt.

Anna Tonna with “Klimt dress”, designed by Samuel Pertegás, for concert   KLIMT: Artist of the Soul

The dress has a allusions to modernism in the severe shoulders and bold patchwork design of the front bodice, but also essays a period fin de siècle cinched waist and bustle, which topples over the back in a stunning train of fantastical proportions. The dress is a spiritual calling to the divine feminine: beautiful, powerful yet terrifying; a mix of Samuel Pertegás, Gustav Klimt and Thierry Mugler.

The patchwork seems to take its cue from the man’s cape Klimt’s painting The Kiss:

To trouble shoot any difficulties, Emilio and I played through An die Musik and Gretchen am Spinnrade by Schubert, Im Triebhaus by Wagner as well as the second movement of La mort d’Cleopatre by Berlioz with the dress on.  Some adjustments will be made to make room for my flexibility for my ribcage, which needs a little less constraint to manage those long lines I need to spin out.

We couldn’t get enough of the dress yesterday afternoon, and took pictures on top of the fabulous train of the Klimt dress…Here is painter and musician, beautiful Patricia de Andrés getting her fill:

Patricia de Andres

Here is a close up of of some of the patchwork and embroidery:

Klimt Dress detail

Samuel did Indian dance inspired poses on the train of the dress:

Samuel on the Klimt dress

The afternoon ended with a fabulous and celebratory lunch out in the medieval section of Madrid, where we met nice gentleman taking pictures, offering the possibilities of a concert in Mexico! A true testament of  the quote “fling yourself out there and the Universe will create a net”.

Anna Tonna


Klimt dress after glow, in the medieval section of Madrid (Spain)

Paula Ayala Rodríguez, Anna Tonna and Samuel Pertegás

Thierry Mugler design


Announcing “KLIMT, Artist of the Soul”

KLIMT: The Artist of the Soul, is a multidisciplinary creation by Spanish pianist Emilio González Sanz and the international artistic collective Oncepersonas Kulturforum. Via an original presentation in which music, dance, poetry and the visual arts converge, KLIMT: The Artist of the Soul is an homage to the groundbreaking Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, in the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth: with a duration of one hour and 15 minutes, the spectator will experience a concert of classical music (mezzo soprano Anna Tonna; tenor Angelo Marchese and pianist Emilio González Sanz) performing repertoire that has been chosen in connection with Klimt’s most emblematic paintings, upon which illustrations by Patricia de Andrés will be projected and accompanied by piano solos, songs by Ravel, Wagner, Duparc and Schubert as well as contemporary dance with choreography by Elna Matamoros. Intermingling with the live performance, like a DNA spiral, is a projection of an original video creation by Andrés Amorós ; the video creation will project images over 11 poems based on the play Salome of Oscar Wilde, written by poet Francisco M. Quirce, with music composed by Sonia Megías. Dancer and actress to be announced will interpret the role of Salomé with actor Lusi Bondía in the role of St. John The Baptist in this original video creation, while dancer Cristiane Azem will interpret the role of Salome live on stage. With staging by Victor Pliego de Andrés, conference and program notes by musicologist José Luis García del Busto and costumes by Samuel Pertegás,  KLIMT: Artist of the Soul promises to be a unique artistic experience that brings today’s concert going public closer to the essence of Gustav Klimt and his art.

KLIMT: Artist of the Soul debuts in Madrid (Spain), Vienna and Salzburg (Austria) in November-December of 2012, and is an officially sponsored event by the Austrian Embassy and Cultural Forum (Madrid, Spain), the Austrian Tourism Office, The Museum of Romanticism of Madrid, The Scientific and Cultural Atheneum of Madrid, The Royal Conservatory “Superior” of Music of Madrid and The Fernán Nuñez Palace with its related foundation, The Museum of Trains RENFE y ADIF (Madrid, Spain).

En Español

KLIMT, el Artista del Alma, es una creación multidisciplinario del pianista Emilio González Sanz y Oncepersonas Kulturforum, un colectivo artístico de gestión cultural. A través de una multicreación temática sobre Gustav Klimt, se pretende rendir homenaje al pintor austriaco en el 150 aniversario de su nacimiento: durante solo una hora y cuarto, el espectador disfrutará de un concierto de música clásica (Anna Tonna, mezzo; Angelo Marchese, tenor y Emilio González Sanz, piano) con un repertorio escogido en conexión con los cuadros más emblemáticos de Klimt; sobre esos cuadros, Patricia de Andrés ha creado ilustraciones que se proyectarán simultáneamente con la música y que irán acompañadas, en los momentos de piano solo, de danza contemporánea a cargo de Elna Matamoros. Entremezclándose con el concierto, como una espiral de ADN, se proyectará una video-creación de Andrés Amorós sobre 11 paráfrasis poéticas basadas en la Salomé de Oscar Wilde, escritas por Francisco M. Quirce y con música compuesta por Sonia Megías. En ese video bailarina actriz (por anunciar), interpretará a Salomé junto al actor Luis Bondía en el papel de Juan El Bautista mientras la bailarina Cristiane Azem recreará a Salomé en el escenario. La escenografía del espectáculo corre a cargo de Victor Pliego de Andrés, la conferencia y notas al programa de José Luis García del Busto y el vestuario de Samuel Pertegás. KLIMT, el Artista del Alma promete ser una experiencia única que nos acerca a la esencia de Klimt y a su Arte.  Su estreno, que tendrá lugar el próximo noviembre y diciembre en Madrid (España) y en Viena y Salzburgo (Austria), está avalado por la Embajada y Foro Cultural austriaco, la Oficina de Turismo de Austria, el Museo del Romanticismo de Madrid, el Real Ateneo de Madrid, el Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid y el Palacio Fernán Nuñez (así como el Museo del Ferrocarril , RENFE y ADIF).