Babylon Europe: Boundless Languages
Telecom Italia Future Centre, Venezia, 29 November 2008

Babylon Europe: Boundless Languages is the first public meeting, in the form of a Lecture, of the institutions that engendered the ENPARTS project (European Network of Performing Arts), organized with the support of the Culture Program of the European Union.

Each of the directors of the institutions participating in the project has chosen a guest among personalities in the fields of the performing arts or culture, scholars and artists, playwrights and philosophers, who were asked to address freely, in relation to their expertise and practice (not necessarily to be identified with the capabilities of the single institutions in the fields of the theatre, dance or music), the issues of multi-culturality, pluri-disciplinarity, the division and re-grouping of languages on the threshold of the second millennium, in an ample European context of experiences.
Each of the directors of the institutions will give a short description of the projects and intentions committed to the ENPARTS program.

Starting with the variegated cultural reality expressed by the territorial location of the partners of the Network, the Conference intends, through the debate scheduled for the day, to trace directions for the future, and together, a common identity for the “building site” that ENPARTS represents.

On the ruins and the hopes of so many constructions swept away by the times and by History, the reference to the confusion of languages intends to be, unlike the myth of Babylon (“allegory in facts” for the separation of the trades and disciplines, through linguistic differentiation and incomprehensibility), an aspiration and an attempt to bring together, in conversation and interaction, what appears as confused, separate and different, in an attempt to overcome the barriers of national languages as well as the languages of corporations and disciplinary fields.

                                                                                                    (Piermario Vescovo - Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia)

Telecom Italia Future Centre, 29th November 2008
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(program / abstracts / speakers' biographies)

introductory speech
Ellen Schraudolph (project manager Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – EU)
Enparts Network
Christine Fischer (manager and artistic director, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Stuttgart)
Luca Francesconi (director of the Music Section, La Biennale di Venezia)
Brigitte Fürle (artistic director, spielzeit'europa | Berliner Festspiele, Berlin)
Betsy Gregory (artistic director, Dance Umbrella, London)
Xavier Güell (artistic director, musicadhoy and operadhoy, Madrid)
Ismael Ivo (director of the Dance Section, La Biennale di Venezia)
Nikita Milivojevic (director, Bitef, Belgrade)
Maurizio Scaparro (director of the Theatre Section, La Biennale di Venezia)
Virve Sutinen (artistic director, Dansens Hus, Stockholm)
guest experts
Joël Bons (composer, Atlas Ensemble director)
Cristina Caprioli (professor of choreography at University College of Dance, Sweden; choreographer)
Iain Chambers (writer and professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L’Orientale")
Heiner Goebbels (composer)
Adrian Heathfield (writer, curator and professor of Performance and Visual Culture at Roehamption University)
Johannes Odenthal (Program Coordinator of Akademie der Kuenste Berlin)
Maja Pelevic (playwright)
Eugenio Trías (philosopher)
José-María Sanchez-Verdú (composer)

Carmelo Alberti (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice)

with the support of Telecom Italia Future Centre