The Biennale di Venezia has consolidated its mission in all its departments. In addition to its work to promote knowledge among the general public (Exhibitions and Festivals) it has introduced a strategic programme dedicated to young artists. Known as the Biennale College, this programme is underway in the fields of Dance, Theatre, Music and Cinema. To encourage young talents by offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the Masters to develop “creations”. This is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-appointed bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so under the finest conditions that an international institution can offer.
The Theatre Department will involve all those whom the artistic Director of the Theatre sector of the Biennale, Antonio Latella, at his own discretion and in agreement with the Masters conducting the individual workshops in the programme, believes will respond to the goals of each of the workshops described below and the requirements detailed in each of them, an integral part of his artistic project for the year 2017.
The project for the Biennale College – Theatre, coherently with the spirit of the most recent editions, stands as a place of inquiry and dialogue, a space permanently open to discussion and experimentation, in a process that can involve scholars, spectators and theatre lovers. A true factory of ideas that explores the potential of theatre: languages, codes, techniques and technology, the sciences of the stage all provide the guidelines for a systematic evaluation, led by Masters and experts from around the world.
The current edition of the Biennale College – Theatre will include a significant number of days dedicated to working with the chosen Masters, with the purpose of offering each participant the possibility of taking part in an authentic creative process, on the one hand, and on the other, to enhance the educational function of each workshop, a place of both ideation and higher education. The meeting with the Masters involved will be preceded by a work session that will involve the totality of the participants in the various workshops, to be led by the Director Antonio Latella and scheduled to take place from July 26th to 30th.
Furthermore in this edition, each Master and each participant in the College will address the same theme, detailed below by the Director, and will later present the result of each workshop in a short theatre piece at the end. Each of these original creations will be presented together with the others in a sort of theatre marathon, to take place on the last days of the Festival.
The workshops are intended exclusively for applicants who have had at least one experience under contract.
"It has happened, it happens, it will happen again.
There is a "force", which some people like to define as a damnation, others as a curse, often with voyeuristic self-satisfaction, that strikes famous artists, but not only. Artists who, at the peak of their career, decide to end their personal quest and their presence.
I believe it is impossible to try to understand why this happens; too often, the desperate cry of the artists is transformed into gossip, into tabloid news, into allusive headlines in big black letters. Personally, I think that any attempt at an answer risks being generic, and cannot in any way be applied to every individual. So many are the words thrown to the winds: "Couldn't handle the success", "Too fragile", "Always been cursed", "The greater his success the more he feared others and himself". A lot of words and very little truth.
I am convinced that in a Festival for which the leitmotiv remains the creative process of the artists, their development, their research, it is also important to have the courage to stop and think about those who voluntarily, and in many cases I might add with great clarity of mind, have chosen to bid an early farewell to a life or to reject their artistic career.
Focusing our attention on the female figure, we ask all the Masters in our College to choose an artist, a woman, working in the second half of the twentieth century who tragically disappeared, and to take a magnifying glass to find that which has remained hidden, or deliberately kept secret, for too long.
We wish to open a real and necessary debate, so that this end might also become a new beginning, to raise new questions, be transformed into a fertile ground for strongly generative experimentation".
RULES OF PARTICIPATION
Applicants may register for one workshop only.
Applications for more than one workshop will NOT be accepted and only the first application to be sent will be taken into consideration.
The deadline for the submission of applications is May 22nd, 2017.
To be eligible for the selection, applicants must have had at least one experience under contract. All applicants must fill out the application formin all its parts and attach the required documentation in digital form.
The workshop will be held in the language(s) specified in each Master's description.
For all the workshops that require sending a video or attaching documentation, please follow the instructions specified by each Master.
The results of the selections will be announced to the interested parties starting from June 5th.
Each selected applicant will be required to pay a registration fee (in the amount of 70 euro) after his/her admission has been confirmed.
The participants may choose, during payment of the registration fee, to purchase a discounted pass for the performances of the Theatre Biennale 2017.
All expenses for the participation in the workshop (travel, room and board, local transportation) must be paid by the participants.
• The Biennale College – Theatre 2017 workshops
The programme is organized so that the participants can attend the workshops from morning to early afternoon, the encounters with the directors of the performances in the late afternoon, and the performances of the 2017 Theatre Biennale in the evening.
Check out the Biennale College – Theatre 2017 workshops