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Biennale College - Danza 2020
“Dancer Project”

Biennale College - Dance dedicates a specific section to the art of  dancing and offers to a maximum of 15 young dancers from the ages of 18 to 25, with solid training and previous qualifying experience, to participate in a 13-week-intensive programme (May 4th > June 14th 2020) with daily training sessions to develop awareness of the body (somatic approach) and to study the movement language and repertory of Ohad Naharin, focusing specifically on the piece titled Humus Plus with internationally renowned teachers.

In the final phase of the programme, the dancers will be involved in a new creation developed for them by choreographer Marco D’Agostin which, together with Humus Plus by Ohad Naharin, will be presented to the public in a single event of the 14th International Festival of Contemporary Dance of La Biennale di Venezia.

Project Structure

The project will take place from May 4th to June 14th 2020 and will be structured as daily training sessions, for a total of 6/8 hours a day, for five days each week.
The Biennale di Venezia reserves the right to change the work schedule at any time during the project.

The programme is structured as follows:

a programme focused on the awareness of the body (somatic approach) with two intensive   one-week sessions (6 hours per day) and with weekly sessions of daily practice (2 hours a day) with:
· Judith Koltai (Authentic Movement) – 1 intensive one-week course and 1 week of daily practice
· Shelley Senter (Alexander Technique) – 2 weeks of daily practice
· a Contact Improvisation tutor - 1 week of daily practice
· Linda Rabin (Continuum) – 2 weeks of daily practice
· Ami Shulman (Feldenkrais) - 2 weeks of daily practice

A programme for the study of Gaga with daily sessions held by former members of the Batsheva Dance Company.

A programme dedicated to movement research, which in this edition will focus on Gaga, with daily sessions with former members of the Batsheva Dance Company.

1) With regard to the interpretation of the Contemporary repertoire, an intensive workshop   will be held with former members of the Batsheva Dance Company on the piece Humus Plus by Ohad Naharin with excerpts from Mabul (1992), Shalosh (2004) and Max (2007).
2) In the area of interpretation, the dancers will also work with Marco D’Agostin on a new creation.

The dancers will have individual meetings with each of the tutors.

During the programme, the 15 selected dancers will participate in one/two OPEN days presenting the work-in-progress and in an outdoor performance.
At the end of the process, the 15 dancers will present a public performance of the piece Humus Plus by Ohad Naharin and a new creation by Marco D’Agostin as part of the 14th International Festival of Contemporary Dance of La Biennale di Venezia.

Selection and announcement
The selection is open to participants from all over the world.
Deadline for registration: January 16th 2020.

The selection will be made at the complete discretion of the Director of the Dance Department of the Biennale di Venezia Marie Chouinard, and will be tentatively announced at the end of January/early February 2020.

Conditions and rules of participation

Attendance is mandatory for participation in the project.
The selected participants may stay in a shared apartment arranged for them by La Biennale di Venezia.
The participants must pay for their own travel, food and local transportation expenses.

Each selected applicant will be required to pay a registration fee in the amount of € 80.00 (VAT included, non-refundable) to be paid exclusively by credit card following the announcement of their acceptance, and no later than the date that will be specified in due time.

Participants must register by filling in the online registration form and submitting the following material:
1. Curriculum Vitae (specifying nationality) (max. 1000 characters) and two photographs (half bust and full figure in motion)
2. A letter of motivation
3. Two reference letters
4. A video (with a link for viewing): the only video considered valid for the selection will be a video with an improvised "solo" that documents the dancer's technical and expressive capacities, preferably in rehearsal clothing, barefoot or in socks (no sneakers) lasting no more than 2 min. Video recorded during the performances will not be considered valid.

Application deadline: January 16th 2020.

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