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Introduction by

Pietrangelo Buttafuoco

President of La Biennale di Venezia

The programmes for Theatre, Dance and Music presented by their respective Directors, bear witness to deep reflection and research into the fields they are responsible for. The three disciplines in question share a performative aspect, and participate in the exchange of human vibrations between the stage and the audience.

In Theatre, Dance and Music – in the alchemy intrinsic to the three arts – there is a millennial creative spirit that acquires meaning only in the here and now of a unique and unrepeatable performance, which goes beyond the writing, the choreography, the musical score.

This is the primal meaning of a show, the performing of the living among the living: the “Moment… linger a while, thou art so fair!” of mortal transience, bound as it is – the technically non reproducible moment – to time, space and the action on the stage.

An evanescence saved by recording and documentation, traces gathered and preserved thanks to the meticulous and indispensable work of the Historical Archive of Contemporary Arts – La Biennale’s historic memory – at the service of future scholars and the increasingly vast audience of “posterity”.

The return to pure form, devoid of references to texts, images or ties to other languages, is the cornerstone, for Lucia Ronchetti, of Absolute Music, the Festival she directs.
Absolute Music, the inspired Wagnerian definition the meaning of which has shifted over time to become the opposite of what the great musician intended in 1846, is the key to a series of events dedicated to the “ontological status of sound and the different creative forms of absolute music”. Within which I am pleased to point out an important focus on sixteenth-century Venice as an example of experimentation in composition and performance for the centuries to come.

I wish to thank Lucia Ronchetti, Wayne McGregor, Stefano Ricci and Gianni Forte for the work they have done and the entire staff of La Biennale di Venezia which has transformed their programmes into reality.

I wish to thank the Ministry of Culture for its significant contribution and the Regione del Veneto for the support it provides to the Dance Music and Theatre Departments of La Biennale di Venezia.

I wish to thank the RAI broadcasting company, with which we are renewing a now consolidated partnership that allows us to reach growing segments of the public and enthusiasts.

I also wish to thank the press and all the spectators who, from Italy and abroad, assiduously attend the dance music and theatre festivals of La Biennale di Venezia. We look forward to seeing you all at our coming events.

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