Giorgio Armani Welcomed as Sydney Theatre Company Patron

Sydney Theatre Company announced today that it is welcoming Giorgio Armani as its Patron.

Through a donation, which represents one of the largest ever individual financial gifts to a theatre company in Australia, Giorgio Armani continues his personal commitment to the culture of philanthropic giving to support the arts. Earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, in another example of this ongoing commitment, Giorgio Armani was announced as a Founding Partner and Honorary Trustee in Martin Scorsese’s newly launched World Cinema Foundation.

With a shared vision to see theatre as a thriving creative art form, Sydney Theatre Company and Mr Armani will collaborate on projects to develop Australian theatre practice, foster young and emerging artists and realise Sydney Theatre Company’s international touring aspirations.

Robyn Nevin, Sydney Theatre Company’s current Artistic Director, and incoming Artistic Directors, Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, warmly welcomed Mr Armani as the Company’s Patron and expressed their admiration for his leadership role in supporting the arts.

“This is a great act of philanthropy,” said Robyn Nevin. “Mr Armani’s support will provide wonderful opportunities for the Company to meet its aspirations under the future leadership of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.”

“Probably most widely known for his hugely influential fashion house, Mr Armani’s creative influence has crossed over into so many media; he has spanned opera, rock and roll, film, dance, the visual arts and architecture. It is an honour and privilege to know the STC will be directly associated with such a broadly creative legend. Not only does his involvement with STC highlight Mr Armani’s extraordinary generosity but it underlines his deep and profound respect for and investment in the deepening of the future of the arts,” said Andrew Upton.

“Mr Armani is one of the most meticulous, exacting, creative individuals we have had the pleasure to encounter. The prospect of the STC embarking upon a creative relationship with an artist of Mr Armanis’ experience and calibre is not only an inspiring but expansive one,” added Cate Blanchett.

Giorgio Armani said: “I am honoured to be what I hope will be the first of many Patrons to come. Cate Blanchett is one of the greatest stage and screen acting talents of our time. The integrity and dedication which she brings to her work is reflected in the remarkable intensity of her performances. What particularly struck me in my conversations with Cate about this collaboration was that same sense of focus coupled with a deep commitment to one of her home country’s most important cultural institutions.” Armani continued, “Following Robyn Nevin’s tremendous contribution, Sydney Theatre Company is fortunate to be able to call upon the unique and dynamic talents of both Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton. This now gives great purpose to my first ever visit to Australia in November.”

Although best known for his collaborations on the costumes for such iconic films as American Gigolo, The Untouchables, Shaft and Delovely, Giorgio Armani has also designed costumes for theatre, opera and dance including Trevor Nunn’s Richard II featuring Kevin Spacey at London’s Old Vic, Jonathan Miller’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the Royal Opera House, Lucio Dalla’s Tosca, John Neumeier’s Bernstein Dances at the Hamburg Ballet, Robert Wilson’s Donna Del Mare, Bruce Beresford’s modern day Rigoletto at the Los Angeles Opera, Usher for his role as Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical Chicago and various dance performances of Joaquin Cortes.

Giorgio Armani has also been an active patron of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Foundation, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, La Scala’s Philharmonic Orchestra and has served as Executive Producer of Martin Scorsese’s documentary film Il Mio Viaggio in Italia chronicling the history of Italian cinema.

Giorgio Armani will make his first ever trip to Australia in November when he will be welcomed as Sydney Theatre Company’s Patron at a dinner in his honour hosted by Robyn Nevin, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.

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