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Biennale College - Theatre 2014 has come to an end

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08 | 11 | 2014

The programme of the Biennale College - Theatre, the Biennale's strategic line which involves all disciplines and aims at training young artists, by offering them the opportunity to work alongside masters for the development of "creations", took place in Venice from 30 July to 10 August. For this project the Director Àlex Rigola invited playwrights, directors, actors, stage designers – all well-known personalities, mostly in their forties - the authors of a theatre where we can perceive the life of our time. With them, Venice and the Biennale become a workshop for creating art, a place for artistic encounter, where artists can get trained in contemporary styles.

Biennale College - Theatre was divided into 8 workshops, conceived as an occasion for masters and young artists to give and receive feedback, and 6 residences, designated for young companies to work on their projects.
The English writer Mark Ravenhill, Lithuanian director Oskaras Koršunovas, Belgian author and director Fabrice Murgia, German set designer Jan Pappelbaum, Catalan director Lluis Pasqual, Italian actor and director residing in Berlin Antonio Latella, German author and director Falk Richter and Flemish director and visual artist Jan Lauwers with some members of his company Needcompany are the masters who held the 8 workshops, 6 of which staged their final results in performances open to the public. Jan Lauwers’ performance - titled Just for Venice - premiered on Saturday, August 9 (Teatro alle Tese, 8 p.m.). On Sunday, August 10 (6 and 7 p.m.), the audience saw the final results of the workshops by Antonio Latella, Oskaras Koršunovas, Fabrice Murgia, Lluís Pasqual and Falk Richter in a walk from the Giardini (Asac Library) to the Arsenale (Tese dei Soppalchi, Teatro alle Tese, Sale d’Armi, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale). Furthermore, the public was allowed to attend the talks with the masters on 6, 7, 8, and 9 August (Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, 6.30 p.m.).
Gabriela Carrizo / Peeping Tom (BE), La Zaranda (S), the Blitz Theater Group (GR), Ricci/Forte (I), the Agrupación Señor Serrano (S), the writers and directors Marco Calvani (I), Neil LaBute (USA), and Nathalie Fillion (F) are the artists and companies that worked in residence on projects for future shows. Some phases of this work took place in Venice, and at their conclusion a demonstration open to spectators was offered (Arsenale, 5 > 8 August). Resident companies participated in a meeting with the public on 5th August (Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, 6:30 pm).
One special feature of this edition is the space of Corderie-Arsenale, which the Theatre shared with the other sectors of la Biennale di Venezia – Dance Music Cinema Architecture. Set up by the Director of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition Rem Koolhaas as a "multidisciplinary work in progress", the Corderie stages were destined for resident companies. From 31st July to 7th August, the Exhibition’s visitors had the chance to see on the job the resident companies, La Zaranda, and Gabriela Carrizo / Peeping Tom (from 4 pm to the Exhibition closing time).
Workshops and residencies were joined by the activities of the participants to Theatre Community, a workshop on theatre criticism in the age of the web 2.0. The workshop, led by the critic and essayist Andrea Porcheddu and the journalist Anna Pérez Pagès, aimed at the realization of the blog Theatre Community, that livened up the virtual community around Biennale Theatre 2014.
The awards ceremony of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Jan Lauwers and the Silver Lion to Fabrice Murgia took place on 4th August at Ca’ Giustinian, Biennale’s headquarter (Sala delle Colonne, 6 p.m.).
The participation of La Zaranda, Agrupación Sr. Serrano and Lluis Pasqual to Biennale College – Teatro was made possible by the support of Acción Cultural Española.