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


Degree Zero

Biennale Dance

30th March > 30th June 2009

Corso di Teatrodanza della Scuola d'Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi Milano

Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
23 June, 8:00 p.m.
Dance course at the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi, Milan/Yasmeen Godder
A Study of Sudden Birds
choreographer Yasmeen Godder
assistants to the choreographer Shahar Brown, Maya Weinberg
with the dancers of the third course of theatre and dance at the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi of Milan - Mattia Agatiello, Chiara Ameglio, Cesare Benedetti, Noemi Bresciani, Pieradolfo Ciulli, Maria Sole Dell’Aversana, Maura Di Vietri, Gabriele Marra, David Melcarne, Riccardo Olivier, Francesca Penzo, Maria Giulia Serantoni, Wilma Trevisan
stage director Fabrizio Palla
lighting Paolo Latini
produced by the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi
with the didactic coordination of Maurizio Schmidt and Marinella Guatterini
with the collaboration of the Stage Technicians Course at the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi
a project realised by the Scuole Civiche di Milano FdP, Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi, La Biennale di Venezia.

At the end of a year focused on working with three international artists – Lucinda Childs, Jean-Claude Penchenat, Yasmeen Godder – the 3rd Corso di Teatrodanza from the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica 'Paolo Grassi' of Milan has chosen to present the performance that grew out of their encounter with thirty five-year old Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder.

Born in Jerusalem, at the age of 11 Yasmeen Godder moved to New York, where she had her most significant training experiences; she is the author of a powerful theatrical dance, and one of the most incisive figures in contemporary choreography, invited to the major festivals and theatres of the world – from New York to Berlin, from London to Paris and Montpellier, to Tokyo.

For the Milanese course, Godder has re-elaborated one of the most enigmatic and stimulating pieces of her career, Sudden Birds, a quartet for women that explores the question of identity. The new piece, A Study of Sudden Birds sees both men and women involved, in an exchange of roles, as the artist herself states: “Using the relations, structures and configurations of the original work, the new Study goes back to questioning the peculiar features making up the choreography in a different context, comprising women and men in an exchange of roles to discover the impact between an enlarged group. Breaking the psychological continuity that was the feeling of the original work, I try to explore the echo and inner resonance of the different structures and scenes through the repetition and a renewed research into narration”.
Yasmeen Godder
After Susanne Linke and Reinhild Hoffmann, Jean Cébron and Beatrice Libonati, after Ismael Ivo, whose arrival on the Italian scene and subsequent stay derives from the success obained with the production of Medeamaterial by Heiner Muller for the Dance Course at the “Paolo Grassi”, after Enzo Cosimi and Paco Decina, Amanda Miller and the Catalan Cesc Gelabert with Lydia Azzopardi and, above all, after the dazzling encounters with the American exponent of Minimalism, Lucinda Childs and the Italian resident in the Netherlands, Emio Greco, the arrival of the contemporary Israeli artist is a a great success for the whole Scuola D’Arte Drammatica “Paolo Grassi”. Godder is today one of the most sought-after of contemporary choreographers, and renowned in the world of research and dance that does not reject a rigourous composition and construction of a language”.
Marinella Guatterini