BIENNALE DANZA 2022
Boundary-less | Catalogue of the 16th International Festival of Contemporary Dance
1 ITA/ENG volume
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“What is it for an artist/an artwork to be boundary-less today? Is it expressed in the people we choose to collaborate with, the mediums we innovate inside, from where we work, or in the attempts to erode the categories that define us or something other? Isn’t art making, the very act of breaking boundaries, borders and barriers? Isn’t it a way of re-imagination and a new way of thinking? Art, then perhaps the liminal space of the in-between.” (Wayne McGregor)
The catalogue of the Biennale Danza 2022 opens with the introductions by the President of La Biennale di Venezia Roberto Cicutto and the Artistic Director Wayne McGregor, followed by Felicity Callard, a professor of human geography at the University of Glasgow, who reflects upon the concept of Boundary-less in her essay Models of support.
The book continues with a series of interviews by Uzma Hameed with Saburo Teshigawara, Rocío Molina, Trajal Harrell, Marrugeku (with Paul Kilbey) and Diego Tortelli. Each interview is introduced by pages that play on the concept of boundary, with transparencies that invite the reader to look beyond the page. The book illustrates the artistic careers of the performers, divided into five different typologies of less: Body-less (Teshigawara), Time-less (Molina), Space-less (Harrell), States-less (Marrugeku) and Other-ness (Tortelli).
Following the motivations for the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award to Saburo Teshigawara and the Silver Lion to Rocío Molina, the catalogue continues with a section dedicated to the performances in the programme.
The performances of the 16th International Festival of Contemporary Dance are illustrated and described in photographs, detailed credits and directors’ notes, and biographies of the artists. Furthermore, each performer was asked to answer three questions about the theme of the Festival and the meaning of boundary-less in dance. Reflecting boundaryless-ness, the section features pages that reproduce the dichroic effect of the Festival’s poster.
Three special installations enrich the Festival’s programme. The catalogue also documents an important Collaboration dedicated to the famous American choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham: the screening of the film by Tacita Dean and the performance EVENT, in which the dancers of Biennale College Danza will take on the choreographies presented by Cunningham in Piazza San Marco in 1972, during the 35th International Festival of Contemporary Music.
The section of the catalogue dedicated to the Biennale College Danza presents the two works by the choreographers Edit Domoszlai and Matteo Carvone. The book also introduces the young winners of the Biennale College Danza – Dancers call, detailing their biographies.
The catalogue provides information on the cycle of Dance films in the programme, and the series of Workshops held by international choreographers.
The catalogue ends with the Day by Day programme of the 16th International Festival of Contemporary Dance.
The graphic design and layout is by Studio Headline, Rovereto.