Programmes of the Dance Music Theatre sections in 2013< Back
05 | 08 | 2013
This year la Biennale di Venezia has reframed its mission in all its fields. To the activities designed to promote awareness among the public (Exhibitions and Festivals), it has added a strategic line for the training of young artists. This is the Biennale College, an innovative experience that integrates all areas of la Biennale, promoting young talents and offering them the chance to work with masters to develop creative works. "This is the spirit of Biennale College", said the President Paolo Baratta, "a well-equipped bridge offering young people who want to try their hand at one of the arts the opportunity to do so in the best conditions that an international institution has to offer".
After the Cinema, it is the sectors of Dance Music and Theatre that are offering a wide development of the Biennale project through this year's programming. Specific international calls for entry have already been published on the Biennale website for each discipline (www.labiennale.org).
The Dance section has just completed its selections by calling more than 100 young dancers and choreographers from Italy, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, United States and China. The selected youth are participating in 7 "practices" — that is, 7 different learning and creation courses in the language of contemporary dance, alongside experienced choreographers. The 7 practices started on 2 May and will finish in the last three days in June (28, 29, 30) with 26 performances and brief shows open to the public. Campi and campielli, courtyards and cloisters, palace halls, local theatres of San Marco and the Arsenale will serve as a natural backdrop to this cycle of events – between meetings, performances and videos - which will bring together the audience from morning till evening in a totally new programme. Prima Danza, Invenzioni, Agorà, Trasmissioni, Vita Nova, Visitazioni, Atleta Donna are the stages in which the cycle of shows and performances will unfold, and are also the names of the training practices that generated them. The new director Virgilio Sieni has thought of these courses as an organic unit, under the title Living in the world – Transmission and Practices, to emphasize the importance of transmission and putting dance in dialogue with contemporary world issues.
Alongside the artists Michele Di Stefano, Alessandro Sciarroni, Arkadi Zaides, Thomas Lebrun, Frank Micheletti, Itamar Serussi Sahar, Ambra Senatore, Iris Erez, Nora Chipaumire, Eleanor Bauer, Simona Bertozzi, Cristina Rizzo, Renate Graziadei, and David Hernandez, who will accompany the young choreographers and dancers in the Biennale College – Dance creations presented in the last three days of June, participating also with works of their own, there will be the sociologist David Le Breton, the anthropologist Marco Aime, and the historian Marcus Martella. These scholars, too, will be an integral part of three days of the end of June with their interventions, open to the public. Finally, two important visual documents conserved by ASAC (the Venice Biennale's Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts) and restored for the occasion will be available again for viewing in the days of June 29-30 at the Laboratorio delle Arti at Ca' Giustinian: a performance of Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson (1979) and Antigone by the Living Theatre (1970). The restored videos will be accompanied by a new interview with Jean-Luc Nancy.
The Theatre section has published an international call that will end on 3 June for 17 workshops (www.labiennale.org/en/theatre/collegetheatre/), 8 of which will be realized in shows presented within the 42nd International Theatre Festival.
5 workshops are focused on Shakespearean characters, chosen and seen according to radically different approaches by as many artists - Angélica Liddell, Gabriela Carrizo, Krystian Lupa, Claudio Tolcachir and Jan Lauwers.
This will result in Shakespeare, an itinerary in 5 performances staged on the last day of the Festival in 5 sites at Giudecca. The workshops of the troupes of La Veronal and Motus will instead lead to site-specific versions of the shows scheduled for the Festival's programme, Picasso - Pájaros muertos and Nella Tempesta, respectively. Romeo Castellucci, too, recipient of the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement award, will reserve for the 42nd Festival a work born from the workshop that will be held in Venice. It is once more against the Shakespearean texts that the youth of the workshops to be given by Declan Donnellan with Nick Ormerod and that by Thomas Ostermeier, will measure themselves. There will be 3 playwriting workshops given by Wajdi Mouawad, Florian Borchmeyer, Fausto Paravidino; one on stage design by Anna Viebrock; the one on acting will be provided by Dirk Roofthooft and Andrea Porcheddu will intervene on theatre criticism. In addition to the 16 workshops, there will be, finally, the opportunity to follow a masterclass with Ute Lemper.
The maestros of the young students selected for the Biennale College - Theatre are the directors, performers, playwrights, and actors invited to present their works in the context of the 42nd International Theatre Festival; one show, chosen from among the most significant for their poetics: Ute Lemper sings Brecht and Weill, whichwill open the Festival at the La Fenice Theatre (2 August); Seuls by Wajdi Mouawad and Sunken Red, directed by Guy Cassiers, two different intense and touching monologues; Ubu Roi re-read by the award-winning pair Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod; El viento en un violín by Claudio Tolcachir, from the new wave of Argentine artists; Marketplace 76 from the eclectic Jan Lauwers; Ritter, Dene, Voss directed by Krystian Lupa, proof of a European art theatre that has influenced generations of artists; El año de Ricardo of Angélica Liddell, winner of this Festival's Silver Lion award for theatrical innovation; 32 Rue Vandenbranden, an incisive example of the dance theatre of Gabriela Carrizo and the Peeping Toms; Ibsen's Enemy of the people in the transcription by Thomas Ostermeier that has lit up audiences in Europe and beyond. And again: Mi Gran Obra by David Espinosa and three of the Five monologues on power and violence of Tim Crouch – Caliban, Fiordipisello, Cinna – directed by Fabrizio Arcuri. The real surprise of the Festival however, is El polícia de las ratas, an adaptation of the homonymous tale by Bolaño, which director Àlex Rigola will premiere in Venice for la Biennale - Theatre.
Biennale College – Music recently published an international call, with a May 30 deadline, (www.labiennale.org/en/music/collegemusic/) in order to achieve a maximum of 5 short works of musical theatre, almost "pocket operas", to be realized by teams made up by a composer, librettist, and stage director.
Titled Another voice, another space, the Festival will be held in Venice from October 4-13.
It is a Festival that opens itself to all contemporary music with 33 concerts in 10 days, 81 composers –of which more than half are in their thirties born in the 70s and 80s–, 30 world premieres and 10 works that are new to Italy.
Luciano Berio – to whom the Festival pays homage on the 10th anniversary of his passing - and Karlheinz Stockhausen are present with some key works and herald the new generation of composers – Eric Maestri, Daniele Ghisi, Vittorio Montalti, Evis Sammoutis, Kristian Ireland, Chris Swithinbank, Raffaele Grimaldi, Franco Venturini, Ryo Dainob, among others – widely represented, as is the middle-aged generation with Luca Francesconi, Michele dall’Ongaro, Alessandro Solbiati, Marco Stroppa, and Magnus Lindberg,to name a few. There will also be renowned computer music studios, from Ircam to Tempo Reale, places for every kind of experimentation and even today a point of reference for many composers.
The new generations of composers are thus mirrored by new musicians, who have long been of decisive importance in the development of musical thinking. The 57th Festival will be the stage of new international talent, with the 34-year-old cornetist and clarinetist Michele Marelli, the thirty-one-year-old violinist Marco Fusi, the double bass player Daniele Roccato, alongside the insuperable Francesco D'Orazio on the violin and Christophe Desjardins for the viola. Similarly, in addition to the well-known ensembles of Accroche Note, Court Circuit, the Kairos quartet and the Arbós trio, the spotlights are lighting up on recent formations: L'imaginaire, L'instant donné, the Maurice Quartet and the mdi ensemble.
Inaugurating the Festival on October 4 will be the spectacular Helicopter String Quartet of Stockhausen, flanked by the musicians of the Arditti Quartet, and the concert by the Orchestra of La Fenice Theatre in honour of Sofia Gubaidulina, receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The Silver Lion, instead, for new musical realities, awarded this year to the Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, will be the occasion for an excursion into voice as an instrument, thanks to the technique of Neuevocalsolisten, a terrain on which the ensemble Le cris de Paris, too, will measure itself, as will one of the world's most original vocalists, David Moss.
The singspiel by Salvatore Sciarrino, the chamber works of thirtysomethings Vittorio Montalti and Raffaele Grimaldi, both directed by Giancarlo Cauteruccio, the monodrama by Fabián Panisello on the original texts of Erri De Luca will open the Festival to the world of musical theatre. While Alla breve, the cycle conceived by Radio France which commissions new, ten-minute-long creations, will bring in authors and pieces with which to expand the range of novelties from contemporary music. The same applies to the/nu/thing concert, a groupborn around a collective blog of young composers curious about their own work and that of others, at the invitation of Director Ivan Fedele, which has refined the program as a kind of playlist, where electronics, voice and video play an integral part, including the shorts by Usavich, made famous by MTV. This broad spectrum of contemporary music is not lacking a glance at the future, with 3D sound by the Wave Field Synthesis device, with which to rewrite scores from the past and present or with which to write entirely new ones, and with the sound world of Pietro Luca Congedo, who will let listeners hear the "voice of matter" thanks to new instrumental inventions between percussive devices, instrumentation, automation and electronics. With this edition, the Festival becomes a reference point for a dense network of co-producing and collaborative partnerships that will lead to some appointments outside Venice: from Radio France, with which la Biennale has initiated an exchange of commissions for young composers, to the Teatro Comunale in Bologna with its Orchestra and Choir, to the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, the Teatro Studio of Scandicci, the Orchestra of Tuscany and Tempo Reale, the Polish Institute in Rome and the Italian Institute of Culture in Madrid, the Ircam and Court-Circuit, in addition to the historical partner of the Music Biennale, La Fenice Theatre with its Orchestra, and the established collaborations with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and the Conservatoire of Venice.
This year, too, on the Fourth Stage, the virtual setting dedicated by la Biennale's website to live shows, it will be possible to follow closely the development of the Biennale College, previews on programs and the Festivals live with interviews, making of shows, streaming of the main happenings – award ceremonies, meetings, shows and key concerts.
The activities of la Biennale of Venice for Dance Music and Theatre, which sees these sections engaged in the contexts of training, research, programming and production at the international level, find continuing support in the Regione Veneto (Veneto's governing authority), which recognizes in Biennale the ability to put together a long-term planning that takes account of the future generations.
It is on the basis of shared goals that the new Biennale College project participates in the partnership with Rai – Radiotelevisione italiana through Rai Scuola, the digital channel dedicated to the world of education and research. The journalists and the crews of Rai Scuola will recount and document the different stages of the Biennale College, creating cross-media products that will be diffused via the Biennale's webpage - through the Fourth Stage – and through Rai via its themed channels Rai Scuola and Rai Educational, as well as on the general network channel of Rai 3, to promote artistic research among a wider public.
Rai Radio 3, for years a partner of la Biennale - Music, will testify to this with interviews and the full transmission of all concerts, whether live or time-shifted, highlighting the 57th International Festival of Contemporary Music.