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Biennale College - Dance 2017


Biennale College - Dance 2017


Biennale College
is a project aimed at training young artists, conducted by the Dance, Music, Theatre and Cinema departments of the Biennale di Venezia.
To encourage young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations”: this is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-fitted bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so under the finest conditions that an international institution can offer.
For the first time the Biennale College - Dance is dedicating a specific section to the art of choreography and offers 3 new choreographers the opportunity to create an original work lasting approximately 12 minutes.
The 3 selected choreographers will be involved from 16 May 2017 to 1 July 2017 and will work with highly experienced professional dancers for a period of six weeks, finishing with a public presentation of the 3 original creations during a single event as part of the 11th International Festival of Contemporary Dance of the Biennale di Venezia.
During the elaboration, development and realization of their creations, the 3 selected choreographers will be supported by teachers who are experts in William Forsythe's composition method, in dramaturgy, in choreographic composition and in direction.
The selection is open to participants from all over the world.
Participation in the project is completely free for the selected choreographers.
The participants must only bear the costs pertaining to their travel expenses, board and lodging and local transport.
Each of the selected candidates will be required to pay a registration fee in the amount of €70.00 (tax included); this sum must be paid once confirmation of the selection has been received and no later than the date that will be indicated in due time.
Project structure
The project will take place from 16 May 2017 to 1 July 2017, from Tuesday to Saturday included, and will engage the choreographers in the development of a free creation, taking the analysis of William Forsythe's composition method as their field of reference.
The programme is structured as follows:
  • the first week studying with  Elisabeth Waterhouse, expert in William Forsythe's methodology and repertory;
  • 6 weeks dedicated to choreographic creation during which the 3 choreographers will experiment with their own language, working with highly experienced professional dancers; in this phase they will be supported:
  • for one week by a dramaturg: Hildegard De Vuyst
  • for one week by a teacher of choreographic composition
  • for one week by a director Chaterine Schaub Abkarian, whose role is to be an ‘independent eye’ on the work that is being created
  • for one day in a theatre with an expert to explore the technical aspects of staging
The last week will be dedicated exclusively to rehearsals for the final presentation to the public of the 3 creations, to take place as a single event as part of the 11th International Festival of Contemporary Dance of the Biennale di Venezia.
You must first register on the Biennale website and submit the following documentation:
  1. Curriculum Vitae (max. 1000 characters) and two photographs (half bust and full figure)
  2. Letter of motivation for the participation in the College – Choreographers’ section
  3. Letter of motivation for the decision to become a choreographer
  4. Letter of reference
  5. A video (viewable via a link) that documents one complete original creation of the choreographer
Application deadline: March 15, 2017
The selection will be made at the own discretion of the Director of the Dance Department of the Biennale di Venezia.
A maximum number of 3 choreographers who have presented at least one original creation in public and who wish to develop their professional career will be selected.
The results of the selection will be announced before the end of March 2017.