Biennale di Venezia

The Swiss pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 16th Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia. Congratulations! The International Theatre Festival is also part of the Biennale and takes place from 20 July to 5 August 2018. It will feature the Swiss artists Simone Aughterlony and Thom Luz.

Under the motto Actor/Performer, the Biennale Teatro 2018 in Venice will look at the variety of disciplines that characterise today’s performing arts: dance, theatre, puppetry, performance, visual arts, music theatre and others. On this year’s programme are two Swiss artists, each presenting more than one production.
Thom Luz presents «When I die» on 3 August and «Girl from the Fog Machine Factory» on the 4th. In his musical theatre productions, Thom Luz tells stories through sound and atmosphere. «When I die» is based on the true story of Rosemary Brown. Although she had no musical education, she received visits by dead composers (such as Liszt, Beethoven, Bach, Grieg, etc.), who dictated unfinished and new works to her. Luz’s other piece is a magical tale of a fog machine factory, whose employers try to boost sales by inventing spectacular new fog creations.
Simone Aughterlony’s «Everything Fits in the Room» takes place on 24 July, followed by «Biofiction» on the 25th and «Uni*Form» on the 26th. The first performance deals with feminist politics and takes place in a set that looks like a construction site, which offers an inclusive experience to the audience. The second is situated within an artificial wilderness that offers a close-up on humans and non-humans. The third production uses police uniforms to reflect on society and the exercise of power.