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



8 > 13 October from 9:00 a.m. > 3:00 p.m.
Ca’ Giustinian – Laboratorio delle Arti
Video Walking Venice
Workshop with Stefan Kaegi
September > October
Laboratorio Alias
Educational workshop for the creation of the sets for El Box by Ricardo Bartís
in collaboration with the Università Iuav di Venezia – Faculty of Design and Arts – Graduate Programme in the Sciences and Technology of the Theatre, Laboratorio Alias
10 > 13 October from 9:00 a.m. > 3:00 p.m.
Tocnadanza rehearsal room - Giudecca
Duetti veneziani
Workshop on movement for actors with Virgilio Sieni
13 > 16 October from 9:00 a.m. > 3:00 p.m.
Tocnadanza rehearsal room - Giudecca
Movement and dance for actors
Workshop on movement for actors with Josef Nadj
11 > 15 October from 9:00 a.m. > 3:00 p.m.
Teatro di Ca’ Foscari in Santa Marta “Giovanni Poli”
Aproximación a una práctica escénica entre las luces y las sombras
Workshop on the design and dramaturgy of lighting with Carlos Marquerie
11 > 15 October from 9:00 a.m. > 3:00 p.m.
Centro Culturale Cz95 - Giudecca
Imagen y escena
Live video workshop for directors with Àlex Serrano
11 > 15 October from 9:00 a.m. > 3:00 p.m.
Sala del Camino - Giudecca
Workshop on the acting of verse in Shakespeare with Will Keen and María Fernández Ache
10 > 16 October
Ca’ Giustinian and the venues of the festival
Theoretical-practical workshop on theatre criticism with Andrea Porcheddu
Meetings, lectures, round table discussions, but first and foremost the workshops are the beating heart of the 41st International Theatre Festival, a direct continuation and elaboration on the International Workshop of Dramatic Arts, the prologue held in Venice from the fall of 2010 to the spring of 2011. These are all activities that will focus on the various constituent elements of theatre production, in an effort to embrace the complexity of the stage, and will bring some of the leading figures in contemporary theatre to Venice: working with actors, the space of the stage, the dramaturgy of light, video-art and technological manipulation, gesture and movement, through the final moment of confrontation with critical writing. Venice and the Festival will become a venue for meeting, interaction and growing that will involve the public and professionals from all over the world in an in-depth exploration of doing theatre today.

The workshop led by Stefan Kaegi with Rimini Protokoll, entitled Video Walking Venice, which revolves around the new digital technologies of the iPod touch, will offer the opportunity for a practical consideration of the complexity and contradictions inherent in the use of technological devices, using the city as the subject of its work, and will make a public presentation of the final result in itinerant form, departing from Ca’ Giustinian.
How are sets built? Students from the course in the Sciences and Technology of Theatre of the Università Iuav will work on the construction of the original sets for one of the scheduled productions. El Box by Ricardo Bartís will allow them to test their skills on a professional stage.
Artists of contemporary choreography, Josef Nadj and Virgilio Sieni, will hold two workshops. Their highly personal “theatre of movement”, which eludes definitions in its hybridization of disciplines, will be an ideal ground on which to meet the actors.
A workshop dedicated to the secrets of stage lighting in the era of digital technology has been entrusted to Carlos Marquerie, an artist of lighting who has contributed to so many of Rodrigo García’s productions, as well as an author and promoter of festivals and theatre companies (he founded La Tartana and the Lucas Cranach company, and was the director of Encuentro Internacional de Teatro and later of Encuentros de Teatro Contemporáneo).
Àlex Serrano, the author of many avant-garde multimedia projects – with Tangent Audiovisual, Areatangent and last of all with Agrupación Señor Serrano – who has collaborated in the fields of theatre, music and choreography, will hold a week-long workshop for theatre directors on methods, technology and creativity in the use of real-time video.
One workshop is dedicated to necessary theatre, the bedrock of European theatre civilization, which it is crucial to address, to the author of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet: it focuses on Shakespearian acting, as the model for every form of acting, like classical ballet to the contemporary dancer.
The theatre production comes alive with the public, and hence with critical appraisal, a vital moment: the 41st International Theatre Festival will also provide the opportunity for young Italian critics to approach the best of European theatre, as they experience a moment of particular vitality, visible in the growing number of blogs, specialized websites and fanzines. The workshop for theatre criticism, led by Andrea Porcheddu, extends and develops the “OctoberTest Project”, which was held concurrently with the International Workshop for Dramatic Arts, becoming an opportunity for education and theoretical thought. The seven selected young critics who attended the first phase will be joined by five new participants: together they will follow all the activities of the Festival and will form an editorial board to work both online and on paper, to provide a daily “newsletter” with information and in-depth coverage of the Festival.

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