Venice, Madrid, London, Stockholm, Belgrade, Stuttgart, and Berlin: these are the cities and the European capitals that the Biennale di Venezia together with six other European festivals has involved in a single project that has won recognition by the European Union within the framework of the Culture Program 2007-2013.
The Venice Biennale, with its Dance, Music and Theatre sections and their directors Ismael Ivo, Ivan Fedele, and Àlex Rigola has initiated the construction a veritable network of the performing arts –the European Network of Performing Arts (ENPARTS)–, a pilot project which is being developed over a five-year period, so that Europe, which has been a crossroads and point of convergence for diverse experiences can find unity in the name of the languages of culture. It is also true that the European Union dedicated the year 2008 to intercultural dialogue.
ENPARTS is the first multi-year project, conceived and promoted by the Biennale di Venezia, to be shared and supported by the European Commission. In 2012, the project continues with two new dance co-productions: TooMortal, the new performance by Shobana Jeyasingh, the pioneer of a “plural” dance (as it has been effectively defined by Elisa Vaccarino), world premiere in Venice on 13, 14 and 15 June, and We saw monsters, by the singular Icelandic artist Erna Ómarsdóttir, will be presented in a new version in Venice on 15 and 16 June. Two new music co-productions: two new chamber operas, Serial sevens by Francesca Verunelli and AMGD by Giovanni Bertelli at the Teatro alle Tese, on 10 October.
These new productions will play on the European circuit through a network of exchange created by the institutions and the festivals involved. A network that will also be built over the Internet websites with a dedicated program shared by all the partners, while audio-visual works will accompany the three performance projects, to document their genesis and results.
Chosen for their affinity of contents and shared objectives, the six European partners who will assist the Venice Biennale in the construction of a common program are internationally renowned festivals and institutions, equally committed to the promotion of the performing arts, with particular attention for new languages and for experimentation with new forms of creativity.
Along with the Dance Music and Theatre sections of the Biennale, with its three festivals, the project also involves: Dance Umbrella, the historic London festival, a cult venue for contemporary dance lovers which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary edition in 2008; Dansens Hus, a Stockholm based foundation whose goal is to secure a place and a sense of urgency for dance in society by presenting mainly contemporary Swedish and international dance and closely related performance art of the highest quality; Berliner Festspiele, based in the historic theatre opened by Erwin Piscator in 1963, which has witnessed the development of different disciplines for more than fifty years, with the theatre section represented by Spielzeit Europa; Bitef teatar from Belgrade, the most famous international theatre festival in the Balkans, founded in the wake of the avant-garde of the Sixties and more active than ever now, with the strength of its original values and the creative effervescence of a geographical and political area in evolution; Musicadhoy from Madrid, with its attention to the vitality of the new musical generations in Spain and Europe, and one of the most compelling institutions in this field; Musik der Jahrhunderte from Stuttgart, which along with its seasonal activity is the promoter of the Eclat festival, a think-tank for new music.
The guide line for the Enparts project over the years will be the development of educational and research activities that promote integration and intercultural dialogue with particular attention to the new generations.