BOLSHOI THEATER - MOSCOW
At the theater, the first step of the experience is the stage curtain, mysterious and spectacular. The Bolshoï stage curtain is in GOLD !
In October 2011, after 6 years of restoration, the spectators of the 236th season discovered the “gold stage curtain” of one of the most fabulous theaters in the world.
The original curtain sewn with golden threads, decorated the stage in 1955. In the 90’s, it was replaced by a new one, going on with a new period. But, it didn’t last a long time. The 2006 researches, showed several fabric defaults : the twisted fringe and the tiebacks were very damaged and needed to be restored.
In the mark of the restoration project, it was decided to create again the trimmings of the “gold curtain”. It became an important challenge for the professionals: create a new design, based on historical documents and made with modern materials respecting the new safety standards. Houlès, worldwide trimmings creator leader, took in charge the trimmings project, that is to say creation and fabrication. An intensive work and artistic approach allowed to elaborate prototypes, agreed by the State Restoration Commission.
Like jewels who are the elegant and final touch of a dress code…trimmings are the sophisticated and delicious finish of any decor…The current gold curtain “jewel” is made of a 24 meters long twisted fringe, constituted by 6 000 stalks (each one is 2 cm diameter) and of more 50 tiebacks. Every tieback, assembled by hand, is 52 cm long, weigh about 3 kg and ends by a metallic ring planned to be fixed to the "rifles", special catchers sewn at the bottom of the curtain and allowing to support this weight. All the trimming is made in not fire threads. The range of the colors of the threads, as well as the golden wire, agree carefully with the range of the fabric of the curtain.
The professionalism and the experience of the Houlès, as well as its department of design and artistic creation, allow to the company to participate to any such project all over the world. The trimmings made by Houlès also decorate the main curtain and the “loges” of the Saint-Petersbourg Opera and Ballet Michailovski theater.