Year one of the new four-year terms of the Directors of the Dance, Music and Theatre Departments. Our first thanks must go to the Directors who completed their mandate in 2020, with whom I had the pleasure to work during last year’s particular edition, and who together with their colleagues in Cinema, Art and Architecture curated the exhibition “The Disquieted Muses – When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History” at the Central Pavilion of the Giardini, produced by the Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts of La Biennale. With Marie Chouinard, Ivan Fedele and Antonio Latella I had my first experience, as President, of the live performing arts, which La Biennale intends to promote with renewed support and energy.
So welcome to Lucia Ronchetti (Director of the Music Department), Wayne McGregor (Director of the Dance Department), Stefano Ricci and Gianni Forte (Directors of the Theatre Department) who present their programmes today for the Festivals and the College, and who from the very beginning enthusiastically took up the challenge to embrace an interdisciplinary approach. Together with the other sections of La Biennale, this challenge will build a new model, in which the content they propose becomes an ongoing dialogue with Venice and the world, in a spirit of experimentation and openness, and in increasingly close collaboration with other cultural and higher education institutions. Our congratulations filled with admiration go to the recipients of the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement and the Silver Lions, who add prestige to the succession of those who preceded them.
I would like to thank the press that covers our work and all those who will come to expand the audience of professionals and non-professionals, in Italy and around the world; the Biennale team who with the members of the Board of Directors make it possible for these Festivals to take place at the highest levels of quality and organization (and never before have they demonstrated their capacity and dedication as fully as in the time of Covid). I wish to thank the Ministry of Culture and the Regione del Veneto for their contribution and support to the Dance Music and Theatre Departments. I would also like to thank the sponsors who throughout the complications of the past two years have always remained supportive. Welcome to Bottega Veneta, the first main sponsor of the Dance Department.