April 5, 2019

Venice Biennale Reveals Details of Inaugural Satellite Performance Program

VENICE, ITALYRalph Rugoff, the artistic director of this year’s Venice Biennale, “May You Live in Interesting Times,” has announced the launch of a new performance program that will coincide with the event. The initiative, will bring fourteen performances to Venice and will expand on the theme of the exhibition.

Coproduced with Aaron Cezar of the London-based nonprofit the Delfina Foundation and backed by Arts Council England, the program will feature works by Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, boychild, Paul Maheke & Nkisi, Nástio Mosquito, Florence Peake & Eve Stainton, Victoria Sin, and Zadie Xa during the first and last weeks of the exhibition, which will run from May 11 to November 24.

“These artists are defining this and the next generation of performance with diverse and hybrid practices spanning music, movement, and visual art,” the Delfina Foundation said in a release. Presenting works on addressing concepts of identity, nationality, gender, and intersectionality, the artists will activate different spaces around the biennial such as the gardens and galleries of the Giardini and Arsenale. Performances will also be staged at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale.

Titled “Meetings on Art,” the program was, in part, inspired by the success of Anne Imhof’s performance Faust, which was staged in the German pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale—the artist also won a Golden Lion for the piece. Commenting on the work, the award’s prize jury called it “a powerful and disturbing installation that poses urgent questions about our time.”

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