Sun 12 Feb 2023

Le Maschere di Mario del ‘700 Veneziano

From 11:30 to 16:00

Le Maschere di Mario del ‘700 Veneziano” is one of the historical groups that are ambassadors of 18th-century Venetian tradition both in Italy and abroad.

Founded in the early 2000s, over the years it has acquired increasing ‘professionalism’, both in the meticulous care taken in the preparation of the ballets and in the creation of costumes that, in a rigorous and philological manner, reproduce, in terms of style and fabric, those of the Venetian and French 18th century, i.e. the two ‘cultures’ that most characterised the magnificent period of the 18th century, an age of ingenuity, art and enlightenment.

“Le Maschere di mario del ‘700 Veneziano” await you:


Sunday 12th February

at 11:30 a.m. in Campo S. Maria Formosa

at 15:30 in Piazza San Marco


Sunday 19th February

at 11:30 a.m. in Campo S. Maria Formosa

at 15:30 in Piazza San Marco

Undoubtedly, their performances transport the spectator to the so-called ‘Rococo’ period, which covers almost the entire 18th century, and evoke the Venice of figures such as Casanova, Goldoni and Vivaldi and the France of Louis XV. The group was also called upon to represent Venice in other parts of Italy, such as the famous ‘Infiorata di Noto’ in Sicily. Unfortunately, as is the case for many other re-enactment groups, the activities of ‘Le Maschere di Mario del ‘700 Veneziano’ also suffered a setback due to the coronavirus. They were among the last to have to regretfully leave the big stage of the Venice Carnival in the beautiful St. Mark’s Square for the suddenly discontinued 2020 edition.

The performance “Feste a Palazzo” honours two great 18th century musicians: the Venetian Antonio VIVALDI, considered among the greatest exponents of Baroque music, and Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL, one of the most important composers of the 18th century, famous for his works performed in the greatest European courts.

The music accompanying the ‘Dances’ is taken from ‘Water Music’.
We begin with ‘Feasts at the Palace’, followed by the ‘Royal Dance’, a ‘Minuet’ to music by Händel, evoking the joyous Feasts along the Thames at the Court of George I King of England.
On 17 July 1717, Händel’s famous ‘Water music’ suite was performed in the middle of the Thames. His Majesty took such great pleasure in the music of the famous Händel that he repeated it three times, twice before and once after lunch, although each performance lasted an hour. The boats crammed with people wanting to listen were countless.