MANUAL LABORS / William Forsythe

Punta della Dogana, Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi
02/04 - 03/04/2022


by William Forsythe for "Dancing Studies"
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 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 on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 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 occurring 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
At 6.30 pm
Performance live "Both Sitting Duet" by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion
"Both sitting Duet" (2002, 35') is a translation of Morton Feldman's violin and piano piece For John Cage (1984) into a language of gestural movement.

At 7.15 pm
Performance live "Table Music" (7') by Thierry De Mey, performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg
"Table Music" (1987, 7') 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.

From 4 pm to 6 pm and from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, in loop
Screening of a selection of "52 Portraits" by Francesca Fargion, Hugo Glendinning, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
"52 Portraits" (2016) 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.
A selection of these portraits is screened: Kwame Asafo-Adjei, Betsy Gregory, Robert Cohan, Tim Etchells, Kloe Dean, Botis Seva, Mette Edvardsen, Andros Zins-Browne, Eleanor Bauer, William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Deborah Hay, Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau, Jonathan Burrows, Francesca Fargion e Matteo Fargion.

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