The Venice Biennale Theatre section, directed by Maurizio Scaparro, has planned a two year programme around a single theme, the Mediterranean. And the International Theatre Workshop (October/November 2008) will be followed, from February 20 to March 8 2009, by the 40th International Theatre Festival. The bright colours and sunny spirit of the “Mediterranean” events that are scheduled to begin right at the end of the Carnival period have been deliberately designed to turn the Festival programme into a real theatrical party. Following a series of imaginary lines, the Festival links together all the major European theatre capitals, such as Paris, Madrid to Venice, and performances will include the Comédie Française from Paris with “La festa” by Spiro Scimone and the Teatro de la Abadía from Madrid with “Argelino servidor de dos amos” directed by Andrés Lima.
18.00: Le sorelle Brontë / BIENNALE TEATRO – Teatro Goldoni
20.30: Argelino servidor de dos amos / BIENNALE TEATRO – Teatro Toniolo
20.30: L'impresario delle Smirne / BIENNALE TEATRO – Teatro Malibran
18.00: L'amore nei paesi musulmani / BIENNALE TEATRO – Auditorium S. Margherita
20.30: Orlando / BIENNALE TEATRO – Teatro Fondamenta Nuove
20.30: L'impresario delle Canarie / BIENNALE TEATRO – Teatro G. Poli
18.00: Ploutos (o della ricchezza) / BIENNALE TEATRO – Teatro Aurora
20.30: Otello Tragicommedia dell'arte / BIENNALE TEATRO – Teatro Toniolo
20.30: S'ARD – i danzatori delle stelle / BIENNALE TEATRO – Teatro Goldoni
The Teatro La Fenice Foundation will continue its tradition of hosting the Cavalchina Grand Masked Ball in 2009. This classic period costume extravaganza with its ‘à l’ancienne’ performances was particularly famous in the nineteenth century and has since been revived to become one of the main Carnival attractions in 2007 and 2008. The theme for the 2009 ball is “Love and Illusion”, so the various costumes will be inspired by the fleeting boundaries that bind all love stories, whether great or small, legendary or unknown. All the seating will be removed from the stalls of the theatre to create an exclusive and elegant ballroom where the guests can enjoy both classic ballroom and modern dancing. The stage, on the other hand, will host a spectacular, comic-acrobatic variety show. The evening will also feature live music performances in both the foyer and the Sale Apollinee.
Saturday before Lent, 21 February 2009, Teatro La Fenice
To celebrate the 2009 Carnival, the Teatro Stabile del Veneto and the Teatro Stabile di Catania will be staging a very special performance of Carlo Goldoni’s “L’Impresario delle Smirne”. The play that was first staged in 1759, is a jolly but profound satire of the world of opera, narrated by Alì, a rich Smyrna merchant who decides to become a theatre impresario and set up an opera company in Venice. The play, realized with the support of the Biennale di Venezia and in collaboration with the Fondazione Teatro la Fenice, debuts on Saturday 21 February as part of the Biennale Theatre Festival and will play up until March 1 at the Teatro Malibran.
21 February - 1 March 2009, Teatro Malibran