The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance for 2016 is to be awarded to choreographer Maguy Marin with the following motivation:
For her research through the body and space, which from one experience to the next has built an atlas of discoveries in which the meaning of art has revealed the complexity of contemporary man, creating relationships between the paths of man and the spaces necessary for choreographic research.
The body of dance and the sense of openness to the world, like a continuous excavation through primary elements such as light, time, matter and sound. A political body then, in the sense of a continuous and renewed presence through the body, a ceaseless exploration where things flow one into the other.
… “For one thing after other will grow clear, Nor shall the blind night rob thee of the road, To hinder thy gaze on nature's Farthest-forth. Thus things for things shall kindle torches new”...
De rerum natura, Lucretius
In the past the acknowledgment for Lifetime Achievement in Dance was awarded to Merce Cunningham (1995), Carolyn Carlson (2006), Pina Bausch (2007), Jirí Kylián (2008), William Forsythe (2010), Sylvie Guillem (2012), Steve Paxton (2014), and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (2015).