La Biennale di Venezia Dance 2023 – The chemistry of dance. Altered States – Directed by Wayne McGregor

The chemistry of dance. Altered States – the title of the seventeenth Worldwide Competition of Modern Dance (13 – 29 July), is the third chapter that director Wayne McGregor continues to discover this self-discipline of movement, in dialogue with techno tradition and essentially the most superior scientific thought, and in a perceptional relationship with the viewers.

“The artists and artwork works chosen for Biennale Danza 2023 – explains the British choreographer – are motion alchemists. Their work is pushed by an insatiable curiosity to discover and experiment each in course of and efficiency; via
improvisation, soma-sensory set up, radical minimalism or with stunning departures of kind and context. Essentially, they problem conventional dance orthodoxies and in doing so launch us to expertise our our bodies anew, connecting our exterior fashions of the world with our lesser-known inside maps – altering our states of understanding and expertise”.

The artist and pioneer of complexity in inventive thought and efficiency is Simone Forti, the Competition’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, “an artist – writes McGregor – who has eternally reframed the dialogue between visible artwork and up to date dance”.

Annie Hanauer in Variations di Rachid Ouramdane © Nicolas Leliavre

A retrospective might be devoted to the work of the Italian-American motion artist, a survey of all her artwork beginning within the Nineteen Sixties – drawings, holograms, video, images, notebooks, poetry, efficiency. The exhibition, which closed on April 2nd on the Museum of Modern Arts in Los Angeles, might be proven in
collaboration with the MOCA itself in Venice for Biennale Danza.

The seventeenth Worldwide Competition of Modern Dance continues its long-term programme of commissions for brand spanking new dance aimed toward younger artists and Italian and international corporations, of mentoring and coaching, hospitality, worldwide productions and co-productions, composing a panorama of all new work that may contribute to the event of dance considering.

The inauguration of the Competition has due to this fact been entrusted to 2 younger artists: Oona Doherty, two years in the past the Silver Lion and now a spotlight of curiosity for the various festivals, theatres and establishments in Europe which have co-produced Navy Blue with La Biennale; and Andrea Peña, a local of Colombia now primarily based in Montréal, winner of the worldwide name for a brand new choreography, Bogota, collectively along with her multidisciplinary firm Andrea Peña & Artists. With them, Luna Cenere, born in 1987, who has developed an thought of the physique as panorama, as a component of advanced architectural compositions in area, winner of the second name for a brand new choreography addressed to Italian artists for her undertaking Vanishing Place.

Annie Hanauer in Variations di Rachid Ouramdane © Nicolas Leliavre

The 16 younger dancers and a couple of choreographers of Biennale School Danza 2023, might be in residence in Venice for 3 intensive months of coaching and expertise within the discipline in Venice, which can conclude on the levels of the Competition with an articulated programme of repertory items and new creations. On the one hand, the significance of transmitting data from mentor to pupil and on the opposite, of stimulating the up to date expertise for invention, offering not solely manufacturing assist, but in addition the instruments, strategies and time required for the realisation.

Duo by William Forsythe, a chunk from 1997 that dissects and revises the rules of the pas de deux, a should within the up to date repertory, might be offered in a brand new manufacturing by Riley Watts and Brigel Gjoka, previously dancers with Forsythe who had produced a brand new model again in 2015, which can now be prolonged to contain all of the Biennale School dancers. Dance Constructions, the historic
collection of performances by Simone Forti, an ideal synthesis of the analysis into motion that has distinguished the Italian-American artist’s apply because the starting of her profession, might be reconstructed for and with the Biennale School dancers beneath the mentorship of Sarah Vox Swenson. The performances, which might be repeated a number of instances every day, might be an integral a part of the retrospective devoted to Simone Forti. Xie Xin, thought of a key determine in up to date
choreography because the expression of a fluid and intangible dance, might be commissioned to create a brand new work with the contributors of the School. Lastly, the dancers will work collectively to provide two new unique creations conceived by the choreographers chosen for the School.

Pontus Lidberg © Luca Ianelli

A brand new work has additionally been commissioned to Pontus Lidberg. The choreographer, filmmaker and dancer rooted within the classical vocabulary of ballet, which he has efficiently introduced again into circulation whereas projecting it in the direction of the longer term, a superb performer of the works of many nice choreographers – from Jiří Kylián to Ohad Naharine – and later choreographer for main corporations on each side of the ocean – from the New York Metropolis Ballet to the Paris Opera Ballet – will current the
world premiere of On the character of Rabbits.

The Competition will moreover function many worldwide choreographers, a few of them famend, others showing solely for La Biennale, others but to be found on European levels. Coming to Italy for the primary time is the Cuban firm of the famous person of worldwide ballet Carlos Acosta, and Acosta Danza, which beneath the title Ajiaco composes choreographies by Sidi-Larbi Cherkaoui,
Javier De Frutos, Michaela Taylor, Alexis Fernandez. Additionally in Italy for the primary time is Botis Seva and his youthful firm Removed from the Norm, champions of a dance that’s grounded within the hip hop tradition, pulsating and charged with highly effective content material.

PENDULUM di Lucy Guerin, Matthias Schack Arnott © Gregory Lorenzutti

One other first for Italy is the Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin, who out of her post-modern coaching in New York developed a private conceptual strategy to choreography. Additionally coming to Venice would be the French-Algerian
choreographer Rachid Ouramdane, a outstanding determine in French dance and now director of one of many main theatres, the Théâtre de Chaillot in Paris. And Michael Keegan-Dolan, the award-winning Irish director and choreographer, writer of eccentric works that create a short-circuit between dance, music and theatre.

Lastly the Tao Dance Theater of Tao Ye and Duan Ni, the corporate from Beijing
awarded the Silver Lion, who “have constructed a singular and evolutionary dance style that has enraptured with a mesmeric, minimalist pressure” (McGregor).

A Day of Movies that includes our Artists is a day of continuous video and movie projections that develop on-screen the story of the artists invited to the Competition, but in addition embody experimental works, previews and European premieres. Encounters and workshops with the artists collaborating within the Competition full the programme.

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