The Biennale with Architecture and Dance, but not only

Indeed, everything or almost in town speaks of architecture, and Venice is truly, of course, the city of architecture, although of a non-contemporary kind.

This void could only be filled by The Biennale, an ultracentenary institution which struck the world with its Art Exhibition, naturally, already from the beginning of the Twentieth century. Therefore, behold the international Architecture Exhibition, one (of the many) offshoots of this extraordinary machine for producing culture, presenting everything that embodies human expression within the contemporary universe, in this city that has forever been linked to the world.

Art therefore, and… arts. So what has always been defined Art par excellence, is also flanked by Theatre, Music, Cinema, Architecture, Dance…

And the latter two are the actual protagonists of this June month, which will not fail to capture those who wish to be spectators, with a series of events – by the Biennale and by all the institutions in parallel with it.

Here are a few relevant hints, while endeavouring as usual to list everything else, as we always do, in the respective events pages .

Having recently ended its great “preview” event, today this maxi-showcase is visible in all calm, also in consideration of its huge expansion, in the traditional venues at the Gardens of Castello and within the suggestiveness of the ancient factories at the Arsenal, in addition to many other locations in town, where its collateral exhibitions and national pavilions have been set up.

FreeSpace – this is its title – is the research theme proposed by its Irish curators, Farrell and McNamara, involving the central Exhibition and the focus of the 63 national Participants (6 of them, including the Holy See, being present for the first time).

The issue of space, of its quality and of its user-friendliness, but also that of space, meant inside one’s dwelling or as an extreme concept of space perceived as an “absence of architecture”, will therefore be the topics for this year’s proposed research.

The exhibition, now reaching its sixteenth edition, may be visited every day from 10am to 6pm, with its hours extending to 8pm (until 29 September) on Friday and Saturday. Its doors will finally close on 25 November.

The show in Venice continues, from Architecture on to Dance. And from the 22nd of the month, behold the twelfth Contemporary Dance Festival. Directed for the second consecutive year by Canadian Marie Chouinard, it will offer a broad view of choreography, particularly highlighting the dynamics and development in the dancer and the choreographer’s figure. 

This packed programme will present 22 shows, 5 of them as absolute premieres, 1 as a European premiere and 5 as premieres for Italy. Not only. Up to 1st July, a series of meetings for fans will follow each other, featuring guest artists and a cycle of screenings in the Marceglia Garden at the Arsenale.

If the Biennale currents do overwhelm everything, it is also true that other bodies do not just look on, on the contrary. A strong unity of intentions has been linking forces in town more and more over these years, expressing that source of thought and representation that goes under the name of culture, which has always been capable of uniting peoples and religions. Therefore, all of them, from the most powerful to the smallest ones, are present in town with events of every type. 

We end here, by recalling the Art Night. The originator is Ca’ Foscari University, in collaboration with the Municipality and all the cultural institutions in town, which is organising a spectacular night of rendez-vous and events dedicated to art and to culture for this eighth edition. This unmissable date will be on Saturday 23 June, for everyone.