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Biennale College Dance: the new international call

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deadline for applications: 28 February (dancers)
01 | 13 | 2017

deadline for applications: 15 March (choreographers)

La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announces the new edition of the Biennale College – Dance with the launch of the international call on the website, which opens today January 13th and will remain open through February 28th for the Project for dancers and through March 15th for the Project for choreographers.
The international call is addressed to dancers, and for the first time, to choreographers, introducing the art of choreography among the disciplines of the Biennale College – Dance, following the rigorous and experimental approach of the newly-appointed Director Marie Chouinard.
Project for Dancers
A maximum of 15 dancers between the ages of 18 and 23 will be selected for the project, which will engage them for 3 months from April 4th to June 26th – in a programme that integrates training and creation.
·  The training will be dedicated to the "somatic approach", that is, to practices focused on the awareness of the body, on the energy, the processes and the inner sensations of dance: these are practices that can offer more personality and greater flexibility to today's dancer, who is often required to work outside of codified structures and techniques. The various practices of body awareness (or somatic approach) will be led by pioneer Judith Koltai (Authentic Movement) and by the teachers Dale Russell (Breathexperience), Nora Benian (Yin Yoga) and Maria Raffaella Dalla Valle (Feldenkrais).
·  On the creation front, the programme involves the analysis of contemporary dance techniques, with a focus on the Forsythe method, and will experiment with movement. In particular, the selected dancers will work on Sider by William Forsythe with Katja Cheraneva, Frances Chiaverini, Josh Johnson, Roberta Mosca and David Kern, the very dancers in Forsythe's company for whom the piece was originally created, and on a new creation to be developed by Canadian choreographer Benoît Lachambre, an award-winning artist who has made improvisation the mainstay of his choreographic work.
·  Excerpts from Sider and the new creation by Lachambre will be performed by the dancers as part of the 11th International Festival of Contemporary Dance.
Furthermore, for one week only – from May 23rd to 27th – the body awareness training (or somatic approach) organized for the dancers of the Biennale College – Dance, will be open to outside participants: 5 participants will be selected to follow the 6-hour daily sessions with Nora Benian, an expert in Yin Yoga.
Project for Choreographers
Three choreographers will be selected to elaborate three original creations lasting approximately 12 minutes, to be performed during the 11th International Festival of Contemporary Dance.
·  The selected choreographers will reside in Venice from May 16th to July 1st, and at the end of a preliminary phase of preparation, dedicated to an analysis of the Forsythe method, they will work for 6 consecutive weeks with 7 professional dancers with extensive experience selected for the occasion.
·  The singular nature of the project, which features 3 new choreographers working with expert professional dancers, will therefore require a specific selection process for the 7 dancers, who must have an open mind, a positive attitude towards experimentation, a willingness to contribute to the creative process, and at least five years of proven professional experience.
·  Throughout the different phases of research, elaboration, and realization of the 3 original creations, the selected choreographers will be supported by experts in dramaturgy, composition, direction, etc. They are professionals selected by Marie Chouinard for their excellence and for the range of their theoretical and artistic experiences: Elizabeth Waterhouse, a great dancer, trained at the school of the American Ballet, and a member of the Ballet Frankfurt/The Forsythe Company for nine years, who is also a theoretician, a graduate in physics from Harvard, and is currently completing her Ph.D in the study of movement in Bern; Hildegard de Vuyst, a dramaturg since 1994 for the choreographic works of Alain Platel and his company, les ballets C de la B, and since 2001 at the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels; Catherine Schaub Abkarian, actress, director, dancer, with particular attention to Kathakali dance, who worked at length with Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil.  
The complete official text of the international call for the Biennale College – Dance 2017 is available online at:
Biennale College is an innovative and complex experience that engages all the Departments of the Biennale di Venezia – to encourage young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations”.
Biennale College - Dance, a project by the Biennale di Venezia, enjoys the support of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction for the Performing Arts and the Regione del Veneto.