In my short introduction to the catalogue of the Biennale Teatro, I expressed my satisfaction at having begun my term as President by attending to one of the “live arts” that, together with Dance and Music, will be the object of even greater attention on our part in coming years.
The virtuous collaboration between Theatre, Dance and Music is the most fitting example of a wider-ranging design that seeks to develop the dialogue between the arts that is the heart and soul of the Biennale.
The conditions imposed by the pandemic have yielded some involuntarily positive outcomes. It is in fact a good thing that within a concentrated timespan between the end of August and the end of November, we will hold the Venice International Film Festival, followed, as if passing the baton, by the Festivals of Theatre, Music and Dance. And that this will take place through the deep connection that ties them to Architecture and Art which, while postponed to the years 2021 and 2022, will be present in the Exhibition curated by the six directors (Hashim Sarkis, Cecilia Alemani, Alberto Barbera, Antonio Latella, Ivan Fedele and Marie Chouinard) that in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini will tell the story of key moments in the 125-year history of La Biennale (1895-2020).
This is how La Biennale presents itself to the world again, launching a powerful and important message of unity and cohesion in its promotion of research in the field of the contemporary arts.
Theatre, Music and Dance have maintained their programmes (except for some changes in Dance which was counting on international guests from countries that cannot yet guarantee full mobility) and aligned them to the confirmed dates and programmes of the Venice Film Festival.
It was immediately clear to us that we would not be “satisfied” with online Exhibitions and Festivals, because we believe physical presence to be a fundamental and irreplaceable element to fully enjoy the Biennale events.
This choice was also dictated by our respect for the remarkable work done with passion and dedication these past few years by the Artistic Directors of the three disciplines which are presenting their programmes today.
In addition to the festivals, the quality of the results achieved in the activities of the Biennale College are the result of a forward-looking vision that each Artistic Director has pursued throughout his or her term, launching new artists into the world, or discovering previously unknown aspects of renowned talents, but above all offering us new points of view that prove that “art can change the world”.
For all of this, and for having enriched our palmarès with new Lions to whom I extend my most heartfelt congratulations, I would like to thank Marie Chouinard, Ivan Fedele and Antonio Latella for having risen to the challenge of this “special” edition of their Festivals and Colleges with determination, courage, enthusiasm and naturally, intelligence and professionalism.