MANUAL LABORS / William Forsythe

Punta della Dogana, Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi
07/04 - 10/04/2022


by William Forsythe for "Dancing Studies"
From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 April
Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana

From April to June 2022, Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana presents ‘Dancing Studies’, a series of new performances created by a group of internationally-renowned choreographers, invited by Carlos Basualdo and Caroline Bourgeois - curators of the exhibition ‘Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies’, currently on view at Punta della Dogana - to develop a project in dialogue with the work of Bruce Nauman.
The interventions by William Forsythe, Lenio Kaklea, Ralph Lemon and Pam Tanowitz will take place at different spaces in the Pinault Collection in Venice, as well as at COSMO, Campo San Cosmo, Giudecca island.

Launching the programme from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 April 2022 is choreographer William Forsythe, winner of the Golden Lion in the 2010 Biennale Danza, who will be curating ‘MANUAL LABORS’, an event split into two parts across two venues: the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.

'MANUAL LABORS', curated by William Forsythe, focuses on those gestures occuring at the borders of language and music. Composed of a selection of live choreographic performances originating from musical composers and choreographers alike, the project also includes a selection of video works and a newly commissioned work by William Forsythe.

Punta della Dogana
From 11 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm
"PARAPHRASE" by William Forsythe
Assisted by: Julian Gabriel Richter
A special thanks to the Italian Sign Language signers: Elisa Bressan, Linda Cecchin, Laura Fedeli, Irene Segala, Marila Zardetto
The new choreography, PARAPHRASE (2022), is performed directly adjacent to two Nauman works currently on exhibition: Diagonal Sound Wall (Acoustic Wall), 1970 and Acoustic Wedge (Mirrored), 2020, both of which significantly subtract acoustic information from the environment. PARAPHRASE asks a hearing‑enabled translator (a person embedded in the community of those possessing a wide spectrum of hearing capacities) to communicate, strictly with Italian Sign Language, their own experience and perceived significance of Nauman’s sound‑dampening acoustic work vis‑à‑vis visitors who might not have full access to his acoustic subject. On the other hand, those visitors who lack fluency in Sign Language will not have access to the information offered by the per‑ former, whose full experience is encoded in the gestures of their language.

Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi
From 4 pm to 9 pm, in loop
Screening of "52 Portraits" by Jonathan Burrows, Francesca Fargion, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning and of the performances "Table Music" by Thierry De Mey and "Hands" by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Adam Roberts

"Table Music" by Thierry De Mey, performed by Les Percurssions de Strasbourg
"Table Music" (8'37'') is a piece for percussion as well as a short choreography of hands that aim to approach the sensitive line between music and the gestures that produce sound, between dance and music.

"Hands", choreography by Jonathan Burrows, music by Matteo Fargion, film by Adam Roberts
"Hands" (4'30'') was commissioned by the BBC/Arts Council. In this performance filmed for television, the hands of the dancer fill the TV screenwith the aim to be intriguing enough that the viewer wouldn't change channels.

"52 Portraits" by Jonathan Burrows, Francesca Fargion, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning
"52 Portraits" (2016, 113') was a year long project which released a gestural portrait of a different dance artist each week. The artists, coming from different backgrounds and methodologies, were invited to sit at a table in order to challenge the usual idealised image of the dancer.

Download the 'Dancing Studies' booklet

Access to the event
Admission is free until capacity is reached at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi.
The performance at Punta della Dogana is accessible for visitors holding a valid admission ticket.

Please check here the safety guidelines to access to the Teatrino.

The ‘Dancing Studies’ cycle is supported by

Media partner

William Forsythe

Assisted by: Julian Gabriel Richter