The 10th Festival will present founding figures of contemporary dance such as Maguy Martin, recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 2016, with the poetic Duo d’Eden, and Trisha Brown with Planes, Opal Loop, Locos, For M.G.: The Movie, works that illustrate the artistic evolution of the American choreographer from the 1960s to the 1990s. With them will be the important radical choreographers of the next generation: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, author of Vortex Temporum, the culmination of her work based on music, which in this case is the masterpiece of the same name by Gérard Grisey, performed live by the Ictus Ensemble; Shobana Jeyasingh, the pioneer of multiculturalism in dance, who will bring Outlander to the Festival, a special event developed and inspired by the dialogue between art and architecture, in the Palladian Refectory of the Fondazione Cini; Adriana Borriello, who will present the second movement of the cycle Col corpo capisco, founded, like all of her research, on an anthropological vision of the body; Thomas Hauert and his Zoo company with Inaudible, which plays on the different concept of interpretation in music and choreography.
Other choreographers invited to the Festival, most of them recently-acclaimed forty year-olds, include: Nacera Belaza, whose French-Algerian origins underpin her research across two cultures in productions such as Sur le fil and La traversée; German choreographer Isabelle Schad working with French-born artist Laurent Goldring, authors of an original experience at the crossroads between dance, performance and visual art, of which Der Bau, inspired by Kafka’s unfinished posthumous short story by the same name, is an example; Marina Giovannini, who will present Duetto nero, yet another step forward in her personal research into the technique and natural quality of gesture; and Emanuel Gat, the exponent of new Israeli dance but equally renowned in Europe, who will bring to the Biennale the world premiere performance of Sunny, inspired by the music, performed live, of Awir Leon.
The Festival will also spotlight a significant group of thirty-year olds who have cultivated their artistic experiences in various countries in Europe: Swiss dancer Yasmine Hugonnet, who studied classical and modern dance in Paris and Lausanne, where she is currently in residence (Sévelin Theatre), and whose dance is composed of subtle resonances between bodies, will present La ronde in Venice; Italian dancer Annamaria Ajmone, who stunned the audiences of the Biennale last year with her solo in the boatyards of San Trovaso, will be at the Festival with Tiny Extended, influenced by the relationship between images in movement and dance; Gabriel Schenker, born in Washington, raised in Rio and a resident of Brussels for the past eleven years, where he acquired experience with Thomas Hauert/Zoo and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas, will be in Venice with the solo Pulse Constellations built on the stratified network of rhythms in the score by John McGuire; Catalan dancer Albert Quesada, based in Brussels and like Schenker a member of the Thomas Hauert/Zoo company, will be at the Biennale to present the eternal magic of flamenco, exploring its symbiosis of dance and music in OneTwoThreeOneTwo; New-Yorker Daniel Linehan, associated with deSingel in Antwerp then with Sadler’s Wells in London and currently at the Opéra de Lille, is interested in the interaction between dance and the other arts – music, video, writing, songs, images – as seen the performance he will bring to Venice, dbdbb; Francesca Foscarini, winner of the Premio Positano 2015 in the contemporary section, who worked with Sciarroni before beginning her own research process, will bring her piece Back Pack to Venice; Lara Russo, who studied dance and photography in Barcelona and in Berlin before settling down in Bologna and winning the 2013 Giovane danza d’autore award for Allumin-io, a study on matter and on man that continues in Ra-me; Daniele Ninarello, who studied at the Academy in Rotterdam, and works between Italy and the countries of Northern Europe, with Bruno Listopad, Felix Ruckert, Virgilio Sieni, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, will be in Venice with saxophonist Dan Kinzelman for a parallel experience of sound and movement, Kudoku; finally twenty-nine year-old Camilla Monga, who studied dance (Scuola Paolo Grassi) and art (Accademia di Brera), before participating in a research process with P.A.R.T.S. that bred the Quartetto per oggetti, inspired by the polyrhythmics of Varèse’s masterpiece Ionisation, which she has expanded for the Festival into 13 Objects.