living in the world – transmission and practices
Director Virgilio Sieni
Venice, 28 29 30 June 2013
with the support of the Regione del Veneto
The first programme of the Biennale College – Dance
in the days it is open to the public presents a dense network of events and performances. Three days of presentations and an initial response to almost two months of encounters, debates, training and creation. The entire project consists in seven practices
and has involved more than one hundred people
: sixtynine dancers and about fifty non-professionals. A practice is an educational activity, an act of knowledge and together a place of experience, but it is also research and the learning of a routine, a procedure. The study of a new sense of transmission, of gestures as ideas, has also guided all the work with the purpose of making it possible to imagine new energies capable of living in the world.
The young dancers and choreographers selected to participate in these different educational processes have studied contemporary dance techniques every day with Renate Graziadei (2 – 15 May; 17-22 June), David Hernandez (10-22 June), Iris Erez (10-27 June), Thomas Lebrun (24-27 June) and Beniamin Boar (24-27 June).
Furthermore, all the participants worked together in a series of seminars, theoretical learning and thematic development, with Sergia Adamo (10-11 May), Antonella Anedda (22 June), Corrado Bologna (24-25 June), Franco Farinelli (11-12 June), Alessandro Leogrande (4-5 June), and Enrico Pitozzi ( 12-13 M ay), coordinated by Stefano Tomassini.
Prima Danza. The six young choreographers, selected on the basis of a project for a work, are Lorena Dozio, Stefania Rossetti, Caterina Basso, Sara Dal Corso, Elisa Romagnani and Tiziana Passoni. They addressed issues such as the musicality of the work space, the possible origins of a creation in dance, the musical rhythms of living in the world. In this educational process, the core of the experience was encounter and debate: they conceived a final event that will demonstrate the original power of an continuing process.
Invenzioni. In this practice, choreographers Michele Di Stefano (I), Alessandro Sciarroni (I) and Arkadi Zaides (IL) were selected by the young dancers for three new choreographic inventions conceived exclusively for Venice. The intent was to initiate an ongoing dialogue between creation, the anthropology of place and interaction with other artistic fields. Each final event open to the public will also feature guests from each choreographer’s company, in an articulated performance open to various phases of reading.
Agorà. In this practice as well, choreographers Thomas Lebrun (F) Frank Micheletti (F) and Virgilio Sieni ( I) were selected by the young dancers to develop a series of experiences on the sense of touch, of transmission and the relationship with outdoor spaces. The Agorà by Lebrun includes vocal music featuring baritone Benjamin Alunni; Micheletti’s plans the mobility between the campo and the courtyards and works on the surrounding soundscape as well, while Sieni’s double Agorà on the one hand develops a complex composition about three generations of performers: children, dancers and elderly people, with live music by Daniele Roccato; on the other, a process for couples composed of mothers and children, with live music by Naomi Berrill.
Transmission. Seven young choreographers and performers, Simone Basani, Helen Cerina, Gaia Germanà, Ariadne Mikou, Elisa Mucchi, Lara Russo and Francesca Beatrice Vista, have worked with Virgilio Sieni (I) in his two Agorà, in a process of composition and choreography, study and research on the meaning of passing down gestures between generations, or on the ways in which a relationship is transformed into transmission.
Vita Nova. Two choreographers, Itamar Serussi (NL) and Virgilio Sieni (I) have worked with very young dancers between the ages of ten and fifteen years, in a pilot project that this year involved the Italian regions of the Veneto, Tuscany and Puglia. The goal is to compose an original contemporary dance repertory for adolescents across the entire nation. The event developed for the Puglia region will also include live music by Peter Krause.
Visitazioni. In two processes of creation in two cities of the Mediterranean, Taranto and Venice, choreographers Ambra Senatore (I) and Virgilio Sieni (I) have respectively met with groups of women to talk, with the face and the form of the adagio, about beauty. In Venice, Senatore worked with five Venetian lace-makers, while in Taranto, Sieni worked with four women who live in the neighbourhood of the Ilva steel plant.
Atleta donna. Five female dancers, Iris Erez (IL) Nora Chipaumire (ZW) Simona Bertozzi (I) Eleanor Bauer (US) and Cristina Rizzo (I), offer proof of endurance, dancing and staying for hours inside glass display cases, following the fragility of the passing of time. In the exhibition of such ample transparency, the surfaces that wrap around the bodies, like those that wrap around the objects of the world, open to a mutual exposition: a landscape of the body that indicates the measure of time. The dancers have documented their approach to the performance by responding in written form, in the answers printed here, to three dramaturgical problems based on time, skin and sound.