In its 44th edition, the International Theatre Festival, which will take place from July 26th to August 14th, will be characterized, like Dance, by the integration between the shows and the workshops. Directors, actors, playwrights will not only be the authors and stars of the featured productions, but will also participate in the Festival for its entire duration as teachers for the young artists selected for the Biennale College – Theatre.
Venice and the Festival also become the place that offers residencies to a selection of companies to develop phases of their future works, a place that fosters debate between artists, scholars, and audiences of theatre lovers. Running parallel with the 10 productions in the programme will be 17 workshops, 9 of which will produce a performance open to the public, as will the residencies of 4 companies, which will open their experience to spectators; finally, the programme features 18 talks with all of the artists participating in the Festival.
Coherently with the choices he has made in past years, Director Àlex Rigola presents theatre with powerful impact, which “rips through” reality as it rewrites and transfigures the classics, with actions that bring real life and real people on the stage, or in which the audience becomes the co-star of the performance, subverting the rules of traditional theatre.