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8th International Festival of Contemporary Dance

8th International Festival of Contemporary Dance - Awakenings
8th > 24th June 2012

The International Festival of Contemporary Dance of the Biennale di Venezia (eighth edition in 2012), took place from June 8 through 24, 2012. Two weeks of productions, performances and installations – including 5 world premieres and 5 Italian premieres – as well as lectures, workshops and master classes with some of the leading figures on the contemporary scene. Also: 20 short performances by 20 companies selected by means of a public call for entries, presented on 24th June in the Marathon of the Unexpected, a section within the Festival dedicated to innovative works never before performed in public.

The Festival, directed by Ismael Ivo and titled Awakenings to celebrate and foster the awakening of life and creativity – “Movement is life. The heart provides the rhythm and the body moves a step. These are the dynamics of survival and existence”, writes Ivo – took place around the city: from the fascinating spaces of the Arsenale – Artiglierie, Corderie, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, and Teatro alle Tese – to the Sala delle Colonne at the headquarters of the Biennale, Ca' Giustinian, to the Teatro Malibran and other unusual spaces such as the St. George Anglican Church at San Vio.

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