The Venice Biennale offers a panorama of contemporary dance

The Venice Biennale offers a panorama of contemporary dance

Two minutes from the start New activity for Goldberg variations, American choreographer Pam Thanovitz at the Dance Biennale on Saturday, July 24th, Titro Malibran seems to be empty with despair in the busy alleys. Finding a room with a hole – the gauge in Italy should not exceed 50% of the capacity of this space – is strange after a few weeks of being 100% filled in theaters. The excitement of the public in front of this dance concert, which doubles the intensity of Bach’s score, quickly overwhelms this sentiment.

What an efficiency In this work! First programmed in Italy, Pam Thanowitz, anonymous in France, created his company in New York in 2000 and immediately instills an expert and playful writing around pianist Simon Dinnerstein, who is set in the center of the stage. In tunic and light pants in acidic tones, the eight performers combine in all directions. Alone or in small groups, they unravel the classic and contemporary stages, colliding with fast jumps and gentle waterfalls. Eighteen months before they get on stage: they party. We too.

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We owe this discovery to Wayne McGregor, who has been the director of the dance department at the Venice Biennale for four years. The world-renowned British choreographer has been navigating between high-powered contemporary parts and musical collaborations since the early 1990s. Kirico (2007) or Sweet Charity (2019) When working with artificial intelligence at the Google Cultural Institute. In the context of Kovid-19, the British choreographer was able to bring it together from July 23 to 1Is August, a dozen shows, installations and performances. Two companies, Six Dance Theater from China and Bereshit Dance Company from South Korea, have canceled their European tour.

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A piece that is viral and scratchy

Wayne McGregor, its first edition, wanted it against all obstacles “Diverse to share dance in all possible ways”. Half the time for the event, a successful mission. The chaotic cartography of what is called contemporary dance collides with the suggestions between balloon-filled choreographic shows and more theatrical or plastic performances. At the inauguration, 77-year-old Franco-Senegalese Jermaine Acogni presented the Golden Lion Award for her entire career, presenting her identity monologue In a place at the beginning (2015), co-directed by director Michael Sere. Between gesture and text, Acogni, the granddaughter of a Yoruba priest, calls her ancestors, the grandmother who gave birth to a father at 60; She settles accounts with her ex-husband and gains power. At the end of the show, Silver Lion is unpinned by Irish Onona Doherty (35) It’s hard to be soft – a Belfast prayer (2017), the viral and scratching piece.

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