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


Introduction by Virgilio Sieni

Director of the Dance section

The aim of the Biennale College Danza is to open a fundamental reflection on the body, understood as man's journey to discover its function. Dance highlights not just the link with the past, but the very nature of man, of the existent: an archaeology of the self, which founds on the layers of time the awareness of being contemporary to one's own time. Dance informs us, it catches us in this act: not to coincide with one's contemporaries, but to intuit the time of the contemporary, which posits itself as a moment at once unexpected and welcoming, of all those experiences that capture man and communities in the transfiguring and necessary act of the body.

The three-year project Living in the World - Transmission and Practices 2013 > 2015 will be based on the sense of transmission, putting dance in the centre of an intense dialogue, which aims to open research on body language to the questions of the contemporary world.

We will make continuous use of training, opening the field to the creation of places where the dancers and choreographers will meet maestros, scholars, artists, philosophers, and will be invited to engage in new experiences with the elderly, women and men, children, the blind and entire communities.

A three-year period that, from time to time, will open itself to the public through cycles of viewings and performances according to a system of juxtaposing the arts. The three-year project includes the 9th International Festival in 2014, conceived as a complex system of dialogues between the cultures of the world; the Festival will offer cycles of experiences and performances presented as diptychs and polyphonies: adjacent spaces that will host the dialogue between contemporary dance and the other arts, anthropology and philosophy.

In addition to numerous courses aimed at young dancers who wish to deepen and develop the study process towards creation, special attention will be given to young people between 10 and 15 years, through the development of a series of experiences in order to create a space dedicated to them, which is necessary today.

Biennale College Danza will be responsible for making this sense of openness concrete, highlighting the capacity inherent in the gesture of inhabiting places, making them appear like a new map that will invite artists and the public to a participation consisting of paths through the city. The three-year period will be based on a continuous dialogue between inside and outside, between the outside represented by the campi (squares) and calli (streets) and the inside of the spaces.

Each training module will be assigned a refined space, in order to give rise to a process of composition and creation that will bring all the courses to open up to the public through rehearsals and performances which, scattered throughout a complex system of places, will suggest the existence of an organic body, a polis that will take shape amid the streets and squares, palaces and theatres, landscapes and vistas.

Each choreographer, whether young or accomplished, will be called upon to conduct a series of experiments aimed at the sense of transmission, highlighting in their work analogies and points of contact with other artistic fields, especially music and art.

In 2013 we will create seven different practices, in which the encounter between choreographers, dancers, artists, musicians, scholars and philosophers will produce a series of events and shows that will be presented in the last three days of June (28, 29 and 30).

Every day one will witness a passage leading from an intimate to a choral dimension: from places barely grazed by the light of dusk, as will happen in Prima danza, a project by young choreographers who will address the musicality of the spaces, to the squares that will host Agoràs of people, choirs of mothers and children, dancers with elderly persons...

Venice raises urgent questions, which go beyond the sense of polis, of civitas, of metropolis, of territory and landscape: these are issues related to the anthropology of participation, to man who looks with renewed energy at transmission, at inhabiting places and at being pervaded by experience.