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la Biennale di Venezia
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Luca Ronconi

4 > 11 August 2012
Iuav – Ex Cotonificio S. Marta
Luca Ronconi – Questa sera si recita a soggetto
Workshop for 4 directors, 20 actors, and 5 auditors (in Italian)
Open presentation: August 11
Fill in the application form no later than 24th June 2012
(Applications started on 8 June 2012)
Applicants must send:
  - CV (age 35 max) in pdf format
  - links to videos of previous works (max. 3 videos, max. 3’ each)
Applicants must provide:
  - CV (age 35 max) in pdf format
  - Photo portrait and full figure
  - links to videos of previous works (max. 3 videos, max. 3’ each)
Important note: incomplete applications will not be accepted
Selections will be made by the curator of the workshop and the Theatre Sector of the Venice Biennale; the outcome of the selections will be notified by June 30, 2012.
The selected directors will be required to attend a preliminary meeting in July 2012 on the basis of a project of direction about Questa sera si recita a soggetto by Luigi Pirandello. The project shall take into account the following points:
- 5 players;
- no technologies available;
- the final work must be no longer than 15';
- the text must be used without modification.
The fee for each workshop is Euro 60.
Any additional costs (travel, accommodation, meals etc.) will be borne by the participants.
The costs for taking part to the preliminary meeting will be borne by the Venice Biennale.
For more information: :
Please note that the above refers to any preliminary meetings in Venice for which the Biennale will arrange the travel of participants at his own expense.

Luca Ronconi (Susa – Tunisia 1933)
A graduate of the Accademia d’Arte Drammatica of Rome in 1953, he made his acting debut under the direction of Luigi Squarzina, Orazio Costa and Michelangelo Antonioni. His early experiences as a director were with the Compagnia Gravina/Occhini/Pani/Ronconi/Volonté, for which he produced La buona moglie, in combination with La putta onorata (1963), and The Changeling by Middleton and Rowley (1966). He would become famous around the world for the Orlando Furioso by Ariosto (1969), in the stage adaptation written by Sanguineti. From 1975 to 1977 he was the Director of the Theatre Sector for the Biennale di Venezia, where he staged the colossal Utopia, 7 plays by Aristophanes. Between 1977 and 1979 he founded and directed the Laboratorio di progettazione teatrale in Prato. During the Eighties, the fundamental steps in Ronconi’s experimentation process included: Ignorabimus by Holz (1986), Les dialogues des Carmélites by Bernanos (1988), Three Sisters by Chekhov (1989). From 1989 to 1994 he directed the Teatro Stabile di Torino. Memorable productions of this period include: Mirra by Alfieri (1988), Strange Interlude by O’Neill, The Difficult Man by Hofmannsthal and The Last Days of Mankind by Kraus (1990), produced in the immense space of the machine-room at the Lingotto in Turin. From 1994 to 1998 he directed the Teatro di Roma, where he staged Aminta by Tasso (1994), King Lear by Shakespeare (1995), Mourning Becomes Electra by O’Neill (1997), Questa sera si recita a soggetto by Pirandello (1998). In 1999 he accepted the position of artistic director for the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. He produced Life is a Dream by Calderòn de la Barca and The Dream Play by Strindberg (2000), Lolita, Screenplay by Nabokov, I due gemelli veneziani by Goldoni, Phoenix by Cvetaeva and Candelaio by Bruno (2001); followed by What Maisie Knew by James and Infinities by the mathematician Barrow. In the summer of 2002, at the Teatro Greco in Siracusa, he produced the trilogy Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, Bacchae by Euripides, The Frogs by Aristophanes. The following summer he was at the Teatro Farnese in Parma with ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by Ford.
He has directed many operas, including: Nabucco (1977), Norma (1978), La Traviata (1982), Aida (1985), Tosca (1997), Carmen (1970), Das Rheingold (1979), Don Giovanni (1990 and 1999), Lohengrin (1999).
In collaboration with Università IUAV di Venezia