May 11th and 13th, 8:00 p.m.
Babilonia – Il Terzo Paradiso
concept and choreography Ismael Ivo
music Andreas Bick, Denis Duarte, Antonio Caldara, Carl Heinrich Graun, Leonardo Leo, Riccardo Broschi, Geminiano Giacomelli
set design and costumes Marcel Kaskeline
lighting concept Ismael Ivo
lighting design Delio Baoduzzi
assistant choreographers Franca Pagliassotto and Luca Della Corte
with Sara Angius, Emanuela Biazzi, Noelle Cotler, Patrick Cubbedge, Loretta D’Antuono, Flavio Arco-Verde, Laura De Nicolao, Roberta De Rosa, David Lagerqvist, Leonardo Magalhães Muniz, Ariadne Mikou, Giuseppe Paolicelli, Claudio Pisa, Andrea Rampazzo, Cristian Rebouças Da Silva, Lucas Ribeiro Saraiva, Armando Rossi, Claudia Sansone, Valentina D’Apuzzo Schisa, DuJuan Smart Jr., Pamela Tzeng, Felipe Vieira Vian, Elisabetta Violante, Chiara Vittadello, Anastasia Voronina
produced by La Biennale di Venezia – Dance Sector
in collaboration with SESC São Paulo, Fondazione Teatro La Fenice
Babilonia – Il terzo paradiso is a choreography that reflects through dance on today’s multicultural reality, adding the next piece to Ivo’s earlier works for the Arsenale della Danza. The Waste Land, a production with strong visual impact, expressed the desolation of the earth threatened by man’s devastation, whereas Oxygen was about man’s ability to survive and, with its compelling kinetic waves, reverberated the physical and emotional tremors of man’s most natural and necessary activity, breathing. The title of the new choreography – Babilonia. The third paradise – echoes the idea of the mixture of languages, cultures and arts that is spreading across today’s world and constitutes the veritable wealth and hope for a better future.
In his notes Ivo writes about “a body that is quite often determined by a context in which thought is aggressive and creates antagonisms. This is thought based on the dualism between power and submission, on a system of oppression of the weak by the strong. This conflict, which seems inevitable, generates the possibility of freeing one’s own body and consequently to collaborate in freeing the body of others. The point of departure is to seek different solutions and new contexts. The art of dance serves to remind us of the disappearance of many natural values we are no longer used to, such as sharing, friendship and familiarity. Despite technological progress, human beings are faced with the risk of coming close to extinction. Like new dinosaurs, we are prisoners of confusion and we must constantly struggle to find the capacity to communicate. There is a desperate sense of not belonging to any place, expressed in the vocabulary of body-to-body conflict”.
Immersed in an empty white space, Ivo’s production relies on the celestial music of the Baroque era dedicated to the soprano voices of the castrati, capable of elevating the human to the divine and evoking a primeval sense of reverie and beauty but also of terror.
The stars of the show are the dancers from the training centre for contemporary dance of the Biennale di Venezia, the Arsenale della Danza, an international group of young people between the ages of 19 and 24 from Italy, the United States and Canada, from Brazil and Russia, from Greece and Sweden; Sara Angius, Emanuela Biazzi, Noelle Cotler, Patrick Cubbege, Loretta D’Antuono, Laura De Nicolao, Roberta De Rosa, David Lagerqvist, Leonardo Magalhães Muniz, Ariadne Mikou, Giuseppe Paolicelli, Claudio Pisa, Andrea Rampazzo, Cristian Rebouças da Silva, Lucas Ribeiro Saraiva, Armando Rossi, Claudia Sansone, Valentina Schisa D’Apuzzo, Flávio da Silva Arco-Verde, Dujuan Smart, Pamela Tzeng, Felipe Vian, Elisabetta Violante, Chiara Vittadello, Anastasia Voronina. Despite their youth, they all boast a solid background of training, and have come to Venice to develop and test their creative capacities, by appearing on the professional stage of the Biennale’s national and international productions.
Following its debut in Venice on May 11 (with a repeat performance on the 13th), the new creation by Ismael Ivo will go on tour in Italy, in collaboration with Arteven, and abroad, in collaboration with the SESC of São Paolo in Brazil. Babilonia – il terzo paradiso will show in Padua (17 May), Vicenza (19 May), Belluno (20 May), Treviso (21 May), Verona (24 May) and Rovigo (26 May), São Paolo in Brazil (1 and 2 June) and Santos (4 June).
Created to give an impulse to the creative energies of the new generations, the Arsenale della Danza is a training centre for contemporary dance and a multi-functional space for artistic production, a workshop open to the interaction between dance and other artistic practices (theatre, visual arts, dramaturgy, set design and architecture). “We can imagine the body as a unique sort of orchestra, that must make each and every one of its parts play, where the different instrument sections correspond to the entire range of movements. When the body-orchestra starts to tune its instruments and prepares to perform the symphony, it is crucial to have the experience to respond to such an elevated task. It is at that moment that the dancer must be able to identify the space and have the skill to use it, experimenting and refining the skills he has already acquired” (Ismael Ivo).
Director of the Dance Sector of the Biennale di Venezia since 2005, Ismael Ivo is a world-renowned choreographer, performer and dancer. He began his career in his native city of São Paolo in Brazil, where he repeatedly won the award as best solo dancer (1979, 1981, 1982), but he broke onto the international scene when he moved to New York in 1983, upon invitation by Alvin Ailey, the brilliant creator of a highly spectacular genre of dance that mixed classical, modern, jazz and afro. Then came Europe and new contacts: in 1985 Ismael Ivo was in Berlin, where he worked with the great dance-theatre choreographer Johann Kresnik and with Ushhio Amagatsu, the Japanese Sankai Juku artist, different experiences that blended with his Afro-Brazilian roots. For his first participation in the Biennale di Venezia in 2002, invited by Carolyn Carlson, Ivo presented a solo dedicated to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, which was very well received. The same year, with Marcia Haydée he created a piece dedicated to Maria Callas. In 2005, for The Maids, he won the prestigious Time Out Award “for the most outstanding performance of the year”. Ivo has presented many of his latest creations in Venice: Erendira, Illuminata, The Waste Land, and Oxygen.