THE SUMMARY OF THE OPERA
The Sarongue Ball is the call to carnival, as it takes place the final Thursday, just before the official start of Carnival. It started in 2008 between friends, in the Guanabara Club, in Rio de Janeiro. It is nomadic party, without a fixed address. The location is divulged only the day before the party. Since 2013, the ticket is in the form of a Key to the City of Sarongue.
Throughout the month of January, the search for the Key to the Ball initiates a movement encouraged through the sale of the keys at various points in unexpected places, announced only the day before. In parallel, the conception and creation of carnival fancy dress has developed, both individually and collectively. The week of the setting up of installations, many volunteers integrate themselves in the process. The energy put in by each individual and the different meetings created during the setting up by the volunteers and the preparations by the revellers, leads to the success and harmony of the big night.
The party reinvents the ritual of the ballroom carnival together with artistic experimentation. Each year, the ties between the tradition and innovation are strengthened.
From the time the theme is chosen, always relevant to the current moment, artists are invited to create the installations that make up the scenery of the ball. Ernesto Neto, Franklin Cassaro, Janaina Tschäpe, João Modé, Lawrence Malstaf, Maria Lynch, Maria Nepomuceno, Ricardo Becker, Siri, Paulo Paes, Yoann Saura and Tatiana Bond and the architectural duo, Israel Nunes and Pedro Évora, have participated in previous six editions of the Sarongue.