This is the second year of artistic direction for Wayne McGregor (Biennale Danza), Lucia Ronchetti (Biennale Musica), and Ricci/Forte (Biennale Teatro).
Restating this is in no way pleonastic because this is a sort of second debut.
Indeed, we sincerely hope that we can return to full capacity this year in our venues and in the spaces in which the festivals take place, and that the spectators and artists may be given the best of conditions to enjoy the performances. We all know that environmental conditions can modify our perception of every live event. All three directors announced the guidelines for their four-year term last year, and they are being faithful to them.
But all three, in addition to discovering the wealth of content and the vitality of the Historical Archives of the Contemporary Arts, which is increasingly becoming an element of inspiration and not just a tool for documentation, also experienced something they did not expect: the power of the impact with the young talents participating in the Biennale College, and they have made it the central element of their directorship.
This is one reason why the Ministry of Culture allocated funding from the Complementary Fund of the PNRR which from this year through 2026 will support the growth of the Biennale College project dedicated to Dance Music and Theatre.
I would like to express my most profound gratitude to all of them for having embraced the effort La Biennale is making to make it as clear as possible that we all live in the same house, where the different languages together create a new and more lasting balance, where every day the contents we propose become bricks to build the International Centre for Research into the Contemporary Arts, open to all those who wish to take advantage of it.
It is not only with their proposals and artistic discoveries that the Directors enrich La Biennale, but also in the encounter with the Gold and Silver Lions who expand our vision of the world through their own life experiences and their capacity to innovate without forgetting their own stories, their own origins and their own cultures.
I would like to thank the Ministry of Culture and the Regione del Veneto for their contribution and support of the Dance Music and Theatre Departments.
I would like to thank RAI, with which we have renewed our partnership, and the press that follows us and all those who will join us to expand our audience of professionals and enthusiasts, in Italy and in the rest of the world.
Thank you to our sponsors, and to Bottega Veneta in particular, the main sponsor of the Dance Department.