The work and artists in our second year are in many ways uncategorisable – they all resist singular definition, as they transcend genre and medium in their work. Radical collaboration is key to their practice as the spaces between art forms merge, coalesce and transform into new and surprising direction. Their boundary-lessness opens new channels of art making and presents audiences with fresh challenges of perception and interpretation.
We are delighted to be commissioning and co-commissioning new work this year for the Festival including world premieres from Saburo Teshigawara Rocío Molina, Diego Tortelli, and we look forward to presenting many European and Italian premieres from iconic dance world leaders to emerging innovative new voices.
Let’s start with the Biennale Danza World Premiere Commissions:
From the ‘total theatre’ imagination of sculptor, dancer, designer and artistic visionary (our Golden Lion) Saburo Teshigawara, comes an intoxicating world premiere, re-imagining of a seminal Ballet Russes work Petrouchka. Versioning this classically renowned narrative, Teshigawara searches for expression on the cusp of human agony and despair - inseparable from skin and flesh.
Morphing between the feral, the sensuous, the upright, the parallel, the violent, the tender – in an astonishing explosion of physical and creative energy - the mercurial contemporary flamenco dancer Rocío Molina (our Silver Lion) stages Carnación, a battle between her volcanic body and five ecstatic live musicians in her world premiere creation.
Diego Tortelli: winner of the Biennale Danza’s first call-out for Italian choreographic talent, impressed with a questioning vision and restless curiosity. His imaginative proposal for a brand-new work Fo:NO takes us through the body via the throat for a sonic and visceral experiment in beat boxing, intricate dance and identity politics.
It is rare to experience seven top tier – auteur - choreographers sharing one programme of trailblazing dance, but that is exactly what we have with Gauthier Dance’s new evening The Seven Sins in the theatre Malibran. Aszure Barton, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sharon Eyal, Marco Goecke, Marcos Morau, Hofesh Shechter + Sasha Waltz collaborate, inspired by their individualistic take on a mortal sin - an evening that promises to be both transgressive and fiendish.
Marrugeku make intercultural indigenous dance theatre from the northwest Australian experience, where desert meets sea, Australia meets Asia and where cultures twine and fuse. For Biennale Danza 22, Dalisa Pigram+Rachel Swain’s hard-hitting political work Straight Talk exposes Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration in a potent cry for change.
Rudi Cole and Julia Robert’s burgeoning company, Humanhood, are making significant waves on the international dance scene, bringing together their shamanic powers with their blurring somatic choreographic language. We are thrilled to be presenting their first full-length evening Infinite in Venice, where modern physics and Eastern mysticism fuse in the human body – part performance part meditation Infinite completely upends our understanding of the theatre going experience, where here, audiences are invited to tap into the infinity we all contain within.
Troubled but tough, unloved but unbowed, Maggie the Cat is the captivating focus of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, Trajel Harrell the maverick contemporary artist and acclaimed choreographer places Maggie at the centre of this dazzling and provocative work of high art and pop culture. Maggie the Cat addresses power, gender, rejection and inclusion through the prism of one of modern theatre’s most celebrated characters whilst with masterly timing and aesthetic flair, Harrell delights and surprises.
In a breath-taking collaboration between MacArthur genius choreographer Kyle Abraham, A.I.M and pioneering electronic dance music legend Jlin - Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth breathes startling new life into Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Drawing from a rich variety of physical genres: classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, and street dance Abraham challenges Jlin to recast the iconic Mozart Requiem which she does by building her sound on a style of house dance and street dance that originated in Chicago in the 1990s. From this new dialogue a work emerges of great poignantly leading us into an exploration of grief, turbulence, and rebirth.