Five costumes for Four Acts
The two articles from “Libération” are not only stunning for their incredible visuals, but they also are a true mine filled with details and spoilers about how the “Confessions Tour” will look like.
It will be extremely intersting to cross check the information from the article by Françoise-Marie Santucci and from the interview she had with “Djipigi” – this is one of the two ways Madonna addresses the French designer – the other being “Hi Gôltier” – together with Ilivier Wicker – with the spoilers and previews about the show exclusively posted on this page here at M-Tribe over the past weeks.
• First costume: “Riding gear”.
Describing for the first time the opening section of the show last March 29, we reported that it was starting with “Future Lovers” from “Confessions On A Dance Floor”, filled with elements strongly reminiscent of the vibe of Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”, followed by a regular album version of Madonna’s next single “Get Together“, the long-awaited classic “Like A Virgin” in a totally reworked dance version, and “Jump“, rehearsed like the album version, that ends the first part of the show.
This first section is the one the sketches of Madonna dressed à la Romy Schneider in Luchino Visconti’s “Ludwig“, with top hat, jodhpur and leather boots have been conceived for, mixing horsemanship imagery and SM fashion.
Madonna will wear a transparent blouse under an asymmetrical jacket – to be alternated with another jet jacket, rather heavy, therefore not always practical for the coreography she has to perform on stage.
• Second costume: “Urban Bedouin”
A more serious part of the show then follows, this one includes “Live To Tell“, the new “Forbidden Love“, a live version of “Isaac” with singer Yitzhak Sinwani on stage, “Sorry” – which starts with the Pet Shop Boys intro “I’m sorry, so sorry” vocals, and then goes into the album version – and “Like It Or Not“.
Madonna will be wearing a burgundy mousseline blouse with a matching leotard, burgundy velvet trousers and leather boots.
• Third Costume: “Glam Rock”
A third section sees once again Madonna playing guitar, bringing back both the rock feel and the intimate moments of her “Drowned World” and “re-Invention” tours. It opens with “I Love New York“, followed by “Ray Of Light” and a brand new acoustic version of “Drowned World – Substitute For Love” has been rehearsed, together with a new live – and again acoustic – version of “Paradise (Not For Me)” where Yitzhak Sinwani is singing a part in Hebrew and at some point the songs turns into a duet and the strings from the original version are present in the performance too.
Under a black phyton leather jacket adorned with feathers, Madonna will be wearing a t-shirt with a “I Love..” writing that will be changed according to the venue she’ll be playing that night. She’ll also have a choice of two different trourses for this outfit, one in jjeans and one in strecth gabardine.
• Fourth Costume: “Madonna Travolta”
Disco and up-tempo all the way for the final act of the show. The “Travolta” theme has been coincidentially developed separately by both Madonna and Gaultier, The French designer was thinking more of a sort of “Las Vegas” atmosphere, while the concept Madonna was working on was closer to the style of Abba with a lot of white – a colour Gaultier confesses not being particular fond of, together with some violet. “It looks a bit “Eurovision Contest” at the beginning”, he says, laughing.
This section is opened by”Music” with a “Disco Inferno” intro but Madonna sings the song live. As for the two new songs added to replace the ones previously in the setlist – as reported here on April 19, “La Isla Bonita” is a guitar-driven dance version with tribal elements and “Erotica/You Thrill Me” is very dancey, and sounds nothing like the version we know.
“Lucky Star” is next, mixed with the final tour number “Hung Up“.
Although this is the fourth and final section, the “Madonna Travolta” costume will not be the last one in the show. The Queen of Pop will indeed be wearing her fifth outfit underneath her white suit and black shirt, and this could not be other than a leotard, designed this time with an asymmetrical style and sparkling with crystals.
Thanks to our Community member Smiler.