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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Danza EN (new)


Introduction by Paolo Baratta

President of the Venice Biennale

We started in 1999 with a Dance Academy directed by Carolyn Carlson, interrupted in 2003. In 2008 Ismael Ivo took up Carlson's module and developed an opening to the city and to the public with his Open Doors, evolving into what today has to become Biennale College Danza. An activity in which young people work and practice with teachers in order to create completed projects, as the completeness of the result is just as important. I say 'completeness of the result' using a very simple term and I leave it to Sieni to define it more intensely and poetically as “visions” and “experiences that become performances”.

Biennale College does not carry out training through a simple transmission of knowledge, but through that transmission of knowledge that leads to creating, and this is true whether it be a great show or the outcome of a workshop. An essential feature of Biennale College is helping those who have talent make the transition from the initial learning stage to creation, measuring, thanks to the presence of the masters and above all against themselves, their own abilities, their creativity and their character.

In this sense Biennale College wants to be an exemplary contribution to fill that void that seems to dominate the current panorama of institutions, structures and energies, committed to helping the new generations in the most delicate phase, which is precisely that between their primary training and the great endeavour of activities, whether they be artistic, productive, research-related, or of creation.

The artistic directors of our Dance, Music and Theatre sections are already in dialogue, as has never happened before, and from this dialogue that we are promoting systematically, cross-interests are already emerging between the three major areas of the performing arts. This is the first step in a three-year period that from this point of view, too, will likely yield important results and that will represent an additional step for the Dance, Music and Theatre sections of la Biennale di Venezia.