The 7th International Festival of Contemporary Dance ran from 26 May to 12 June 2010 and brought to Venice the most innovative works of choreographers working with the language of dance that relates to our contemporary experience on a formal, emotive and physical level.
is the title the director, Ismael Ivo
, chose for this Festival, because dance, he writes, “is a workshop of human emotions and shared visions”.
The Festival, organised in collaboration with the Fondazione Teatro La Fenice and with the support of the Veneto Region, focused above all on two geographic and cultural macro-areas: Quebec/Canada on the one side, and Australia/New Zealand on the other, placing consolidated names such as those of Marie Chouinard and the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal alongside young names – from Europe – that include the young and dynamic companies of the Kidd Pivot and Chunky Move.
Alongside the active presence of artists from or working in these areas, the spaces of the Arsenale in Venice (Teatro alle Tese, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Tese delle Vergini), of the Teatro Malibran and of the Sale Apollinee in the Fenice, of the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove and of the Teatro Toniolo in Mestre hosted choreographers from Italy, the United States and Sweden with original works presented as world premieres for the Biennale.
A new feature for the Festival has been the opening of a space dedicated to the most experimental experiences in the field of dance, revealing pieces that would otherwise be little visible. Marathon of the Unexpected was an event concentrated in a single day (12 June, from 3 to 10 p.m.) and comprising very short performances –no more than 15 minutes– chosen after a selection process carried out by the artistic director, Ismael Ivo.