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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Danza EN (new)


Degree Zero

Biennale Dance

30th March > 30th June 2009

International Colloquium of Contemporary Dance

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26-27 June, 10 a.m. > 6:30 p.m.
Auditorium S. Margherita
What dance for the forthcoming years?
curated by Francesca Pedroni
in collaboration with Classica (on air on Sky – ch. 728)
The International Colloquium, curated by critic Francesca Pedroni, explores the theme of the new three-year period of the Biennale, Degree Zero, to discuss the present and future of contemporary dance in the company of 19 artists and 11 critics from Italy and elsewhere. The relationship between choreographer and interpreter, the dancer of tomorrow, the transmission of the inner intention behind a movement, the relationship between stage and audience, the meaning of Academies today, the questions of gender, identity and “non-dance”, the social role of dance, the hyper-virtuosity of the body within the blend of the languages in this global era are the starting points from which the dialogues between the guests will develop. These will be introduced by video projections curated in collaboration with Classica tv. An exchange of visions of dance with performing artists such as Carolyn Carlson, Tero Saarinen, Cesc Gelabert, Emio Greco, Lloyd Newson, Virgilio Sieni and Michael Clark.
26 June
10:00 a.m. start of work
Ismael Ivo, Paolo Baratta, Francesca Pedroni
10.30 a.m. – 12:00 midday
Choreographer versus performer
video extracts from Blue Lady [Revisited] (20')
Carolyn Carlson – Tero Saarinen
moderator Marinella Guatterini
Blue Lady is one of the exemplary solos of 20th-century dance. Carolyn Carlson created it in Venice in 1983 as a closing piece to the Teatrodanza La Fenice event. Its provisional title, Solo, was changed to Blue Lady in 1984. It is a piece about the metamorphic power of dance, on the relationship with nature and the universe, choreographed by a great master. A piece that has travelled around the world. Twenty-five years later, Carlson has given Blue Lady to the Finnish dancer and choreographer, Tero Saarinen, one of the greatest male dancers of the present. This is a title that provides a starting point for the two performers and critic from Il Sole 24 Ore, Marinella Guatterini, to discuss the relationship between choreographer and performer, also discussing the possibility of building a repertoire of 20th-century dance in the 21st century.
12:00 midday – 1 p.m.
The dancer of tomorrow
video extracts (20’) from Anomaly One – Getting Started (Godani), Although I live inside… my hair will always reach towards the sun (Orlin), Rosas danst Rosas  (Borriello)
Thanks to Milano - Cronaca e Memoria dello Spettacolo for the projection of Rosas danst Rosas
Jacopo Godani – Robyn Orlin – Adriana Borriello – Ismael Ivo
moderator Rossella Battisti
What to expect of a dancer of the latest generations? What training, what techniques? How to train them to become conscious protagonists of dance for the next few decades? These subjects are discussed by the provocative performer, Robyn Orlin, by Jacopo Godani, a former Forsythe dancer, and by Adriana Borriello. A window on the future suggested by the Unità’s critic, Rossella Battisti, together with three choreographers associated with the 2009 Biennale, “Art choreography for tomorrow’s performers”, the programme of events presented in Venice by the Centre National de la Danse Contemporaine d’Angers, the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma, the 3rd-year students of dance at the Scuola d’Arte drammatica Paolo Grassi in Milan, and the new Arsenale della Danza della Biennale di Venezia directed by Ismael Ivo.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
From stage to audience; the relationship with the spectator
video extracts (10’) from Un dia con el público
Cesc Gelabert – Roger Salas
A key choreographer for Spanish contemporary dance for years, as well as a sensitive and perceptive solo dancer, Cesc Gelabert founded his company together with dancer Lydia Azzopardi in Barcelona in 1985. Responsive to the relationship between the arts and of the impact of memory, Gelabert has recently added to his creative activity with the development of a project dedicated to the relationship with the public. This consists of a dialogue in which the spectators are involved in the creative process, interacting with the dancers and the choreographer. It is an experiment on the exchanges of thought concerning movement which for the spectators also means encountering, however briefly, the practice of dance. The conversation will have Gelabert as one of its protagonists, who will also present a brief example of his solo work, together with Roger Salas, writer and critic for the Spanish newspaper, El País, in a discussion about the theme of the relationship between stage and spectator which will be open to those present.
3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The transmission of the inner intention
Theoretical and practical event
video extracts from Double Skin/Double Mind – documentary (20')
Emio Greco – Pieter Scholten
moderator Donatella Bertozzi
presentation of the Double Skin/Double Mind interactive DVD-ROM
with the dancers of the Arsenale della Danza
Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten with their company, Emio Greco Ι PC, founded in the Netherlands in the mid-1990s, and with their training and theoretical/practical research activities associated with the Accademia Mobile project, are making a precious contribution to thinking about contemporary dance. An example of this is the book they edited, Capturing Intention, published as part of the Notation Research Project, which takes a close look at how to succeed in capturing and conveying the inner intention of the movement. The book is flanked by the publication of a documentary and interactive DVD-ROM entitled Double SkinDouble Mind: two media used by the two artists who, interviewed by the Messaggero’s critic, Donatella Bertozzi, will discuss the principal elements of dance movement, the notation systems and transmission. The meeting foresees the participation of the dancers of the Arsenale Danza.