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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Dance Music and Theatre activities of the Biennale di Venezia will take place from June to October

The Dance Music and Theatre activities of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, for the year 2014, will take place from June to October.
Dance will be first with the 9th International Contemporary Dance Festival directed by Virgilio Sieni, on the calendar from June 19th to 29th; some of the productions will be previewed as works in progress at the Corderie dell’Arsenale starting June 5th, during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, while the Vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel according to Matthew), a special project by Virgilio Sieni, will make its debut over the first three weekends of July (4, 5, 6 July; 11, 12, 13 July; 17 and 18 July).
The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance has been awarded to Steve Paxton and the Silver Lion for Innovation to Michele Di Stefano.
The workshops and residences of the Biennale College – Theatre will be held starting July 30th
through August 10th, according to the programmes of director Àlex Rigola.
Jan Lauwers and Fabrice Murgia are respectively the winners of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and the Silver Lion for Innovation for Theatre.
Finally, the 58th International Contemporary Music Festival, directed by Ivan Fedele, will begin on September 20th and 21st and then continue its programme from October 3rd to 12th.
Steve Reich has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Music for this edition of the Festival.

“La Biennale Dance Theatre and Music does not simply wish to present an interesting calendar of performances, remarks the President of the Biennale Paolo Baratta. It also wishes to be a power station for artists in these three sectors. A place to explore the practices of others in depth, to experiment, to train on the field, to take risks and bring young people together with the great masters.
The Biennale College is a complementary and integral part the Festivals. This year a significant part of its various activities will be held in the Corderie dell’Arsenale, in spaces specifically designated by the curator of the Architecture Exhibition, Rem Koolhaas. They will thus be presented to the visitors side by side with the research developed for the Exhibition, thereby highlighting the multidisciplinarity that is typical of the Biennale”.

For the 9th International Contemporary Dance Festival (19 > 29 June), organized in collaboration with Fondazione Prada, Virgilio Sieni has invited 30 artists from around the world whom he has directly involved in a wide range of projects, not just as guest artists but for commissions as well, “all proposals that have been meticulously developed and associated to places, details of artworks, people and communities”. The programme includes 42 productions, of which 28 are world premieres and 9 are Italian premieres.
The artists will include: Saburo Teshigawara, Jérôme Bel, Enzo Cosimi, Christian Rizzo, Laurent Chétouane, for the first time in Italy, Jan Martens, Roy Assaf, Adriana Borriello, Simona Bertozzi, Radhouane El Meddeb, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, the brand new Dewey Dell company, Meg Stuart, Kinkaleri, Iris Erez, Cristina Rizzo, Alessandro Sciarroni, David Zambrano, Anton Lachky, Ramona Caia, Sara Sguotti, Giuseppe Comuniello, Keiin Yoshimura with the traditional Japanese Kamigata-mai dance, Luisa Cortesi, Marina Giovannini, Raffaella Giordano with Maria Muňoz, Helen Cerina, Stian Danielsen, Steve Paxton, who will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, and Michele Di Stefano, winner of the Silver Lion.
One particular project is Aura, a cycle of 5 performances inspired by works of art by Venetian painters: Giorgione for Saburo Teshigawara, Giambattista Tiepolo for Michele Di Stefano and Jérôme Bel, Giovanni Bellini for Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, Jacopo Tintoretto for Laurent Chétouane.
There will be 12 creations by the Biennale College – Dance which will make their debut during the Festival; 7 performances in the Vita Nova cycle, developed on the theme of folk games and performed by very young dancers between the ages of 10 and 14; and 5 performances for Agorà, conceived on the basis of the relationship with the space of Venetian town squares, to bring dance among the people.
The Corderie dell’Arsenale will be the venue, during the preview of the Architecture Exhibition on June 5th and 6th and in the days that follow, for choreographic actions created for the occasion and works in progress that will make their debut in their finished form during the 9th Contemporary Dance Festival. The Corderie will also be the venue for several phases in the creation of the Vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to Matthew): 27 scenes that will premiere at the Teatro alle Tese in cycles of 9 scenes each (4, 5, 6 July; 11, 12, 13 July; 17 and 18 July).
An exhibition with videos, photographs and documents from the Historic Archives /ASAC of the Biennale di Venezia, will be organized in the Portego of Ca’ Giustinian, the headquarters of the Biennale, to explore the work of three artists who in the 1970s involved Venice in independent events: Merce Cunningham, Living Theater and Meredith Monk.

All the activities of the Dance Sector for the year 2014 are made possible by the support of the Fondazione Prada.
“The Fondazione Prada is pleased to collaborate with the Biennale di Venezia on the 9th International Contemporary Dance Festival, states the institution. This agreement helps reinforce the multidisciplinary identity of the Foundation, which is committed to sustaining innovative cultural projects in the field of visual arts, cinema, philosophy, design and architecture. Furthermore, our support of the Dance Biennale is an important opportunity to continue the creative dialogue between Virgilio Sieni and Miuccia Prada which, with the design of the costumes, contributed to the realization of four productions presented by the current Director of the Festival between 1990 and 1999”.

The Institut Français, the Embassy of Holland, the Cultural Office of the Israeli Embassy have contributed to the realization of some of the productions of the 9th International Contemporary Dance Festival.
The Vita Nova cycle of dances was developed in collaboration with the Fondazione Romaeuropa - Attività di promozione danza, AMAT & Civitanova Danza for Civitanova Casa della Danza, Unione Europea Regione Puglia, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria, CSC Centro per la Scena Contemporanea_Casa della danza di Bassano del Grappa with the support of the Regione del Veneto, Regione Toscana, Accademia sull’arte del gesto.
The Vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to Matthew) will be developed with the support of the Fondazione I Teatri of Reggio Emilia, Ert Emilia Romagna Teatro, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, Crest, Regione Toscana, CID Centro Internazionale della Danza and Festival Oriente Occidente, City of Matera, Comitato Matera 2019, Soprintendenza BSAE della Basilicata, Basilicata 1799/Festival Città delle 100 scale.

This year the activities of the Theatre sector revolve around the Biennale College, the Biennale project to train young artists and offer them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop creations.
From July 30th to 10th August, Àlex Rigola has invited dramaturges, directors, actors, set designers and the major companies on the European scene to make Venice a place for international debate and encounters on the theatre arts. The programme is organized around 8 workshops, opportunities for the masters to engage with young artists, and 6 residencies, which allow young companies to work on their own projects. The public will be invited to see the final outcome of the workshops and residencies and participate in the daily encounters organized with the guest artists.
The 8 workshops will be led by Mark Ravenhill, Oskaras Koršunovas, Fabrice Murgia, Jan Pappelbaum, Lluís Pasqual, Antonio Latella, Falk Richter, Jan Lauwers with some of the members of his company. Further information about participation in the international call will be posted on the website of the Biennale at starting April 15th.
The Corderie dell’Arsenale, the space that will be shared with the other disciplines of the Biennale during the Architecture Exhibition, will be the venue for the work by the artists in residence: Gabriela Carrizo with artists from Peeping Tom and others from the theatre collective Draft.inn, La Zaranda, the Blitz Theater Group, Ricci/Forte, the Agrupación Señor Serrano, writers and directors Marco Calvani, Neil LaBute and Nathalie Fillion.
The Lions for the Theatre this year have been awarded to two Belgian artists: the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to director and visual artist Jan Lauwers, the Silver Lion to director and dramaturge Fabrice Murgia.

A tribute to Steve Reich, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, with the Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari directed by Jonathan Stockhammer on September 20th and 21st will open the 58th International Contemporary Music Festival, which will continue its programme from October 3rd to 12th.  With the title Limes, this year director Ivan Fedele has turned to cultures and music that are far removed in time and space. With the Eco Ensemble of Berkeley and the music of the Bay Area, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi, between the Basque tradition and modernity, the Meitar Ensemble of Tel Aviv, the Violinat e Lapardhase polyphonic choir in the Albanian tradition, Anatolian music reinterpreted in the ethno-cultural improvisations of the Galata Electroacoustic Orchestra.
There will be 19 new compositions at the Festival, 13 of which will be world premieres. Many of the composers in the programme are young, and often quite unknown on Italian stages but widely represented in international programmes. They include Eduard Hamel, Amir Shpilman, Daniele Ghisi, Ondřej Adámek, Ofer Pelz, Silvia Borzelli, Aaron Einbond, Giovanni Dario Manzini, Yotam Haber, Dai Fujikura, John MacCallum, Oscar Bianchi, Stefano Bulfon, among others.
Their music will be performed by major European ensembles, such as Intercontemporain, Divertimento, Eco Ensemble, and important solo performers such as flutist Matteo Cesari,  double-bassist Dario Calderone,  pianist Francesco Prode and percussionist Dario Savron.  They will be joined by the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice with violin soloist Francesco D’Orazio, the Orquesta de Euscadi with cellist Aser Polo and clarinettist Shizuyo Oka.
The Festival will celebrate the eightieth birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with the concert performed by the Contempoarte Ensemble and the world premiere of a piece by the maestro written for solo violin. The programme will also include Vesalii Icones, a concert-production that will combine dance and music, organized in collaboration with the Dance Festival. The Music Festival also shares another project with Dance, Indigene, a choreography by Sieni set to music performed live and commissioned to Giovanni Dario Manzini. The Biennale College – Music will present, following last year’s selection and training alongside their chosen tutors, the four one-act pieces written by composers Claudio Gay, Accursio Cortese, Gabriele Cosmi, Yair Klartag, most of them under the age of thirty.
During the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, at the Corderie dell’Arsenale, the Festival will present the film Mancanza-Inferno by Stefano Odoardi, inspired by the earthquake at L’Aquila in 2009, with music by Andrea Manzoli; the chamber work by Amir Shkurtaj Kateri I Rades about the dramatic sinking of the Albanian ship; and the concert of the Galata Electroacoustic Orchestra, an ideal bridge between the musical cultures of the Mediterranean.

In addition to the Teatro La Fenice, which has always stood by the side of the Music Biennale, the concerts of the 58th International Contemporary Music Festival have been organized in collaboration with the Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the Cantieri Teatrali Koreja, the Conservatorio Statale di Musica "Niccolò Paganini" in Genoa and its partners - Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Universitat “Pompeu Fabra” in Barcelona and the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina” of Cagliari – the Mata Festival in New York and Gaudeamus Muziekweek and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

In coming days, the Fourth Stage, the virtual stage dedicated by the Biennale website to the performing arts (, will post trailers of the events of the 9th International Dance Festival; previews of the programmes of the music Festival; and concurrently with the Festivals, the highlights in streaming  - the awards ceremonies, encounters, major performances and concerts in all three sectors.

The activities of the Biennale di Venezia in Music and Theatre are made possible by the support of the Regione del Veneto.

The media partner for the Biennale College project is Rai – Radiotelevisione italiana on Rai Scuola, the digital channel dedicated to education and research. The journalists and television crews of Rai Scuola will report and document the phases of the Biennale College in the various sectors, producing cross-media products that will be diffused on the web by the Biennale – on Fourth Stage – and by Rai, on the thematic channels Rai Scuola and Rai Educational, as well as the generalist channel Rai 3, to promote artistic experimentation to a growing audience.

Rai Radio 3, which has been the media partner of the Music Biennale for many years, will highlight the most significant moments of the 58th International Contemporary Music Festival in interviews and complete live or recorded broadcasts of many concerts, on the Radio 3 Suite programme.

Starting today, all the information about the 2014 activities of the Dance Music and Theatre sectors will be available online at

Rome, 10 April 2014

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