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la Biennale di Venezia

Biennale Teatro 2017

Tuesday 25 July: Maja Kleczewska Silver Lion / Katrin Brack Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Biennale Teatro 2017

Biennale Teatro 2017

The 45th International Theatre Festival kicks off on Tuesday 25th July
Biennale Teatro 2017

57th International Art Exhibition 

Open to the public at the Giardini and Arsenale venues (10 am to 6 pm, closed on Mondays)
57th International Art Exhibition 

57th International Art Exhibition

Open to the public from 13th May to 26th November 2017, Giardini and Arsenale venues
57th International Art Exhibition


Conclusion of the Biennale Danza 2017

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07 | 02 | 2017



- Films:
Ten-Meter Tower by Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck. Your Girl from a show by Alessandro Sciarroni.

- Encounter with Robyn Orlin
, Teatro alle Tese, 5:30 pm

One of the most controversial and provocative artists today, Robyn Orlin has reshaped choreography and the performing arts in South Africa, revealing and stigmatizing the contradictory reality of her country in her work, and becoming famous around the world.
Born in Johannesburg in 1955, Orlin attended the school of contemporary dance in London between 1979 and 1980, followed by the Art Institute of Chicago (1990/1995). Her education would lead her to merge different artistic expressions (writing, video, plastic arts) to explore total theatre as reflected in her choreographic vocabulary. But her stage is also a place where the universes of the blacks and whites with their respective stereotypes often collide. Orlin defines herself as a pop artist, in the sense that like Andy Warhol, "you can take anything and conceptualize it".
And so you see… our honorable blue sky and ever enduring sun… can only be consumed slice by slice… (Tese dei Soppalchi, 7:00 pm) is her most recent work, as usual with an extremely long and provocative title. The choreographer defines it as "a requiem to humanity through the seven deadly sins, a journey with the third world on the stage and the first world paying to be part of the show". Alone on stage, in this sort of political cabaret, is Albert Ibokwe Koza, Orlin's fetish actor, who better than anyone completes her work to the point of embodying it, with his capacity to metabolize and express the complex relationships between the north and south of the world that permeate her work.
The show will be followed by a conversation with Robyn Orlin.

Gustavia (Teatro alle Tese, 9:30 pm), a product of the complicity between two artists, Mathilde Monnier, a pioneer of French dance, and La Ribot, a performer from Madrid now living in Geneva, is a piece redolent with echoes and quotations: Gustavia is a female character played on stage by two women, a portrait with two faces, painted in shades of comedy and irony, replete with references to expressionism, surrealism, silent movies, mime, burlesque, cabaret, going back to the origins of theatre, to their own past and their own heritage. "A small masterpiece for the theatre" wrote Le Monde.
Gustavia light-heartedly brings the themes of femininity and death to the stage, under the influence of Kantor and going back to the origins of theatre. La Monnier has said about this piece and this collaboration between two women: "It represents the woman-world. We are used to talking, and even thinking, mostly in male terms: in Gustavia we have tried to "say everything"; even talk about men, by talking about women and rigorously from a woman's point of view".
After initially approaching dance, then performing with the Viola Farber company, in 1984 Mathilde Monnier became interested in choreography. She was the director of the Centre chorégraphique in Montpellier and since 2014 has directed the Centre national de la dance de Pantin.
La Ribot is a radically multi-disciplinary artist: a dancer, choreographer, director and visual artist. Starting with movement and classical training, La Ribot has adopted diverse artistic practices from video to performance art, from using objects on stage to words.
The show will be followed by a conversation with Mathilde Monnier and La Ribot.