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The Dance sector in the Monditalia section (Corderie dell'Arsenale) of the Architecture Biennale

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starting June 7th at the Corderie dell'Arsenale
05 | 29 | 2014

all sorts of events to take place in a continuous cycle

“Never before has the entire Biennale been in the Biennale like this year”, stated President Paolo Baratta at the presentation of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition directed by Rem Koolhaas. The Exhibition section entitled Monditalia at the Corderie dell’Arsenale, in fact involves all the sectors of the Biennale: Dance, Music, Theatre and Cinema. These “activities”, explains Baratta, have not simply been added or juxtaposed alongside the Architecture Exhibition, but are an integral part of the Architecture Exhibition. Dance, Music, Theatre and Cinema have been called upon to represent the essential elements in the life of historic cities and in the complex spaces for which architecture may be conceived and imagined”.
Starting June 7th, when the Architecture Biennale opens to the public, the Corderie dell’Arsenale will host ongoing Dance activities, from the more momentary performances to the more extended periods of creation. In the sixteenth-century space, beside the architectural installations of Monditalia, 6 different kinds of stages have been installed for the presentation of all sorts of events that will take place in a continuous cycle, at a scheduled time, or spontaneously, thereby creating a changing exhibition every day. This is an unusual situation for choreographers and dancers alike, and for the visiting public: dance will be measured against and change in relation to the space and timeframe of the exhibition, the freedom of the spectator/visitor and his direct gaze, the “exposed” narration of a work in progress, where the public dimension overlaps with the traditionally intimate dimension of creation.
For this experiment, Virgilio Sieni, director of the Dance Sector, has involved artists who have programmatically experimented with unconventional places and times in their works. Like the Kinkaleri, authors of performances, installations and video productions shown in contemporary art museums, theatres, festivals and disco clubs, who will be the authors of rapid incursions at the Corderie with Found Dances & Everyone Gets Lighter/All!: they will establish an “alphabetization of movement” which makes each gesture correspond to a letter of the alphabet, involving the visitors to the exhibition. Or like Michele Di Stefano, co-founder of the mk company and winner of the Dance Biennale’s Silver Lion, who in Sahara para todospursues his personal research into the sense of orientation and feeling lost, tracing maps that constantly shift the line of demarcation between spectator and performer.
Luisa Cortesi, the author of rigorous approach to dance, in La trappola articulates a reflection about time and the architectural space of the Corderie as she “stages” a work in fieri with an open structure. “La trappola is an action conceived in a dilated time in a place architecturally suited for viewing and displaying the body to the public for eight hours a day over a twenty-day period. An open space for construction and representation” (Luisa Cortesi). The unusual situation presented to the artists at the Corderie led Marina Giovannoni, trained in classical dance and a soloist for the Balletto di Toscana, to explore the genesis of a choreographic creation– Punto sulla forma – balanced between the intimate and public dimensions, between art and life.
Bolero Variations by Cristina Rizzo, a co-founder of Kinkaleri before undertaking a solo career, involves a group of performers in an “open” contemporary choreographic composition, which finds an ample field of expression in the music by Ravel, amplified as a detonator of expression. Dance Grammar by Roy Assaf from Israel, who long collaborated as a dancer and choreographer with Emmanuel Gat, transforms the set of rules that govern composition into new modes for performers to relate and to “play”.
The programme will feature dances by Giuseppe Comuniello, a blind performer who brings with him a different expressive alphabet. The process of transmission between dancers and blind people will contribute daily to the development of short choreographic pieces in the form of duets, trios and quartets, recreating the space of representation with the visitors to the exhibition. And Giuseppe Comuniello will return, this time as a soloist and the sensitive performer of dances centred on imaginary figures borrowed from fairy tales, story and paintings, which will take place at random times.
Other spontaneous choreographic actions, collected under the name of “ballate”, will be created by the choreographers working one after the other in the Corderie. Whereas the teenage dancers in the Vita Nova cycle of performances, all between the ages of 10 and 14 years old, will rehearse the choreographies of Adriana Borriello, Cristina Rizzo, Stian Danielsen, Helen Cerina, and Simona Bertozzi to prepare for their evening debut.
Finally, the Corderie is also where the Appunti del Vangelo secondo Matteo by Virgilio Sieni will take shape: based on an idea for a work in progress and a system of practices that precede creation, we will see the first tableaux from the production that will make its debut in its finished form over the first three weekends in July.
All the activities of the Dance Sector for the year 2014 are supported by the Fondazione Prada.
BALLATE – improvisations with the presence of the choreographers
7-29 JUNE
SAHARA PARA TODOS – phases of creation and performance (19.06 h12.00)
choreographer Michele Di Stefano_mk
7-21 JUNE
Concept and direction by Virgilio Sieni
7-29 JUNE
DANZE LEGGERMENTE DIVERSE – phases of creation
by and with Giuseppe Comuniello, a blind dancer
7-29 JUNE
LA TRAPPOLA – phases of creation
by and with Luisa Cortesi
7-29 JUNE
PUNTO SULLA FORMA – phases of creation and performance (27.09>29.06 h14.00)
by and with Marina Giovannini
7-29 JUNE
BOLERO VARIAZIONI – phases of creation
choreography Cristina Rizzo
9-18 JUNE
DANZE PER CAPIRE – phases of creation
curated by Gaia Germanà and Giuseppe Comuniello
10-29 JUNE
DANCE GRAMMAR - phases of creation and performance (27.06>29.06 h16.00)
choreography Roy Assaf
15-29 JUNE
FOUND DANCES & EVERYONE GETS LIGHTER | ALL! – phases of creation and performance (h15.00)
by and with Kinkaleri
19-29 JUNE
TACITA MUTA… phases of creation
choreography Adriana Borriello
with the dancers of the Biennale College – Dance between the ages of 10 and 14
POST GRAMMATICA phases of creation
choreography Helen Cerina
with the dancers of the Biennale College – Dance between the ages of 10 and 14
LA STANZA DEL FAUNO phases of creation
choreography Virgilio Sieni
with the dancers of the Biennale College – Dance between the ages of 10 and 14
GUARDARE AD ALTEZZA D’ERBA - phases of creation
choreography Simona Bertozzi
with the dancers of the Biennale College – Dance between the ages of 10 and 14
LET’S PLAY - phases of creation
choreography Stian Danielsen
with the dancers of the Biennale College – Dance between the ages of 10 and 14
INDIGENE_part one
choreography Virgilio Sieni
with the dancers of the Biennale College – Dance between the ages of 10 and 14
choreography Virgilio Sieni
1-18 JULY