This happened! The great enfant terrible of the fashion industry Jean-Paul Gaultier presented his two-hour Fashion Freak Show on January 31 in St. Petersburg. The production is a mix of fashion shows, music and dance. Moreover, entertaining the viewer, Gaultier talks about creativity and remains sincere and touching.
Jean-Paul, Fashion Freak Show has already established itself as a successful production in several countries. What can the Russian audience expect from her?
First of all, I will note that this is a very sincere show that I have been preparing, one might say, since childhood, and you will have the opportunity to look at my life through my own eyes. In two hours a lot of things will appear on the stage: a fashion show, music, and dances. As for the music, the show features compositions by the American musician Niall Rogers. This is such a real disco of the late eighties.
Why is this era taken as a basis?
The fact is that I myself really love the eighties, and my creative path began just in the era of disco. However, this sparkling and light atmosphere has a tragic underside, which is why my show also features the theme of AIDS, which hit humanity right in the 1980s, and from which my friend died. It turns out that this is a rather personal story and my personal view of this era.
What kind of audience comes to the Fashion Freak Show? Are they theatergoers or those who appreciate your design talent?
During the premiere of the show at the Parisian cabaret Folies Bergère, and only later, we realized that it equally attracts those who are interested in fashion and those who love theater. Yes, and don't forget about choreography lovers! Moreover, this is an audience of very different age categories. I will immediately make a reservation that the show has an age limit of up to 18 years, because what is happening on the stage may seem too shocking or even shocking to someone.
Do you think the Russian public will react normally to such revelations?
To be honest, this question was not even before me. The same sexualized scenes are shown in the play through dance, through creativity. So it's still different about what you or your kids can easily find on the internet or even on TV. I know that Russians are very open and emotional people, so I am sure that in this part of the show we will understand each other.
The performance has already visited several countries, and it was well received everywhere. Where will he go after the Russian tour?
Well, if you don't have a chance to show it in other cities of Russia, Fashion Freak Show will go on a long tour to Spain and the USA. In general, we have already planned 17 countries.
What is the secret of the success of the Jean-Paul Gaultier show?
In general, it is some kind of miracle that my production has such a success. I'm very surprised myself, but I think it's all about sincerity. In this regard, I am absolutely frank when I tell my own story. In addition, the performance shows a different world, different from the everyday life in which we all live. This contrast, of course, also captivates and attracts. It’s like an opportunity to briefly look into a completely different reality.