1111Women, Research and the Far East are the key words for the live performing arts of the 2017 Biennale
Research is the key word for Venice's 2017 Biennale in the words of Paolo Baratta, the Biennale's president. Presenting the programmme of the three sectors of the performing arts, theater, dance, music, he explains that they "are inspired by a common direction, each focusing on particular ways of thinking about theater direction, the choreographic setting and, as far as music, an inclusive idea of contemporary experimentation".
The Music section thread directed by Ivan Fedele (from 29 September to 8 October) looks at the Asian continent-wide area including China, Korea and Japan. The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to Tan Dun, 57-year old distinguished Chinese composer for having combined traditional Chinese shamanistic music with the Western avant-garde. The Silver Lion for emerging talents will instead be assigned to the young Japanese composer Dai Fujikura which will perform, in the world première, Horn Concerto No. 2 with the Padua and Veneto Orchestra. The same orchestra will open the Festival with a rare performance of Stockhausen, "Inori".
The Dance section (from 23 June to 1 July) will be headed this year by Marie Chouinard and is entitled "Chapter One / First Chapter". In her address, the Canadian choreographer stressed the desire to "bring the dance in the heart of the city, offering the dancers suddenly moving to passers-by, tourists." Golden Lion dancer and American choreographer Lucinda Childs, pioneer of abstract minimalism that has influenced generations of dancers will be present with three classics from his repertoire, including "Dance", the result of a collaboration with Sol Lewitt and Philip Glass, title that was never, until now, presented in Italy. Many choreographers for the first time at the Festival: from the afro-American Ottawa Dana Michel, who will be awarded the Silver Lion, Clara Furey, who together with Slovak Peter Jasko will investigate the relationship between fiction and reality; from Louise Lecavalier to the Dutch Ann Van den Broek, the Belgian Lisbeth Gruwez, from Daina Ashbee, to Southafrican Robyn to, finally, Mathilde Monnier and La Ribot.
A strong female presence is also notices in the Theater section directed by Antonio Latella and entitled "Act I: Director" (from July 25 to 12 August). At the center of the program devised by the new director there is an insight into the European scene through nine female directors from Italy, Germany, Holland, France, Poland, Estonia. For each of them, a kind of portrait with several shows that trace the personal creative process. The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to the German choreographer Katrin Brack, one of the biggest names in theater design who actively participates also to the writing stage. The Silver Lion will go to the top of the Polish theater, the director Maja Kleczewska, whose research has included authors such as Nobel Prize Elfriede Jelinek.