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Biennale Danza 2019

Alessandro Sciarroni

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Award Ceremony

Friday 21 June 2019, 12:00 noon
Ca’ Giustinian, Venice

Alessandro Sciarroni

La Biennale di Venezia has attributed the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Alessandro Sciarroni, considered to be one of the most revolutionary choreographers on the European scene.

A performer, choreographer and director, educated in the visual arts and with several years of experience in theatre, Alessandro Sciarroni "is an Italian choreographer – states the motivation – who creates in resonance with performance art. He is the conductor of the dancers and all of those whom, trained in different disciplines, he invites to participate in his projects. He builds concentrates of life at the limits of obsession, organizing them around events chosen from our fragile and ordinary lives. He puts our everyday bodies on stage in a space that amplifies insistence to find the fault that will soften and relieve us".

As an artist, in great demand for dance and theatre festivals as well as art galleries and museums, from Europe to Hong Kong, from Abu Dhabi to Rio de Janeiro, Alessandro Sciarroni has been something of a permanent presence at the most recent Biennale Danza with his original choreographic constructions that borrow from various disciplines: in 2013 with Untitled, I will be there when you die; in 2014 with You don't know how lucky you are, in 2015 with TURNING_Thank you for your love version; in 2017 with Chroma, Aurora and Folk-s.

Biographical Notes

Alessandro Sciarroni (San Benedetto del Tronto, 1976) is an Italian artist who works in the field of the Performing Arts. He earned his degree in the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage at the Università degli Studi di Parma. As a performer, he trained and worked for many years with the Lenz Rifrazioni company. His works have been presented at contemporary dance and theatre festivals, museums and art galleries, and in unconventional spaces, and involve the participation of professionals from various disciplines.

His work reaches beyond the traditional definitions of genre. He begins with a conceptual approach similar to Duchamp's, that relies on a theatrical structure and borrows practices and techniques deriving from dance and other disciplines such as the circus or sport. In addition to the rigour, coherence and crispness of each creation, his works attempt to reveal, through the repetition of a practice taken to the limits of the performers' physical resistance, the obsessions, fears and fragility of the act of performing, in its search for a different dimension of time, and a relationship of empathy between spectators and performers.

Alessandro Sciarroni is an associated artist at Centquatre-Paris and is supported as a focus-artist by apap – Performing Europe 2020. His works have been produced by Marche Teatro in collaboration with various national and international co-productions, depending on the projects. Some of his long-standing supporters have been Centrale Fies, the City of Bassano del Grappa – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, Amat, la Biennale de la danse – Maison de la Danse de Lyon, La Biennale di Venezia, Mercat de les Flors – Graner (Barcelona) and the Associazione corpoceleste_C.C.00# of which he is artistic director.

The awards he has received include the Premio Europa Realtà Teatrali 2017; Premio Hystrio 2017; Premio Rete Critica 2013; Marte Award 2012 and 2013; Premio Danza&Danza – Emerging Choreographer 2008; Premio Nuove Sensibilità 2008.

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