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Out Doors: Moving the City

Last year’s experience led the activity of the Arsenale della Danza “Out Doors”, beyond the space of the theatre with its selected audience, into the city of Venice, to take its daily life “by surprise” – at the Fish market in Rialto or on the Bridge of the Constitution – and derive new inspiration. This is a specific chapter within the educational programme of the Arsenale della Danza, which asks dance to dialogue with other disciplines – from theatre to visual arts, from architecture to set design to dramaturgy to theatre - in the belief that the artist today must have skills in his own discipline, but must also be aware of the best practices in other art forms.
 
Moving the City is the title of the project that will open the Arsenale della Danza this year to the urban space in Venice; it will be performed publicly on March 26 and 27. For its realization the Biennale will form a creative team of young professionals, bringing diverse cultural directions together in a collaboration with regional entities and institutions: the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory, the IUAV Faculty of Design and Arts, the Associazione DanzaVenezia, creator of Choreographic Collision, with the participation of ACTV.
 
“Ready to move the city?” – prods Ismael Ivo. Moving the City is a project that draws its inspiration from the city of Venice, from its culture, from its architectural heritage, to promote an intercultural dialogue in the field of performing arts. The young dancers at the Arsenale, the musicians from the Conservatory, the choreographers selected for Choreographic Collision (now in its fifth edition) and the costume designers, playwrights and video designers from the courses in the performing arts at IUAV university will meet on a multidisciplinary terrain for a discussion and exchange of ideas on the history and the architecture of the city, and the original context of its public transportation vehicles, the only ones in the world that move on the water.
 
Small groups of artists will put on short choreographic actions at several stops along the navigation routes of the city. The prologue will be followed by the dance performance aboard the vaporetto, accompanied by live music. On the docks, the waiting passengers will be greeted by another group of artists who will board the next vaporetto for another performance on a different theme. All of the above will be developed in a research project conducted by the entire team of creative professionals involved in the project. All the selected stops will in some way be connected to their architectural characteristics and the historical roots suggested by their name. These two aspects – historical and architectural – will be the primary source of inspiration.
 
Moving the City will also be connected to the tradition of street artists and will relate Venice to the other great metropolitan cities in the world, such as New York or Tokyo, where artists are encouraged to express themselves in the most diverse urban contexts.
 
“A promenade on the water can be an unforgettable experience. We would like to offer Venetians and in general the vaporetto passengers an enjoyable and entertaining experience related to the history and tradition of the city’s circulation network, with performance actions scheduled along a specific cadenced path. This is a way for the city to absorb the energy of dance, music and all the contemporary artistic expressions, into its special urban fabric” (Ismael Ivo).