In a mesmerizing dance of elegance and artistry, famed fashion house Bottega Veneta once again comes out in support of the illustrious Biennale Danza in the enchanting city of Venice. For the third year in a row, the iconic fashion powerhouse reaffirms its commitment as the main partner of this sublime celebration of movement.
Nestled in the heart of this captivating collaboration is a visionary creation born from the fusion of Bottega Veneta’s ingenuity and Biennale College Danza’s boundless creativity. The latest opus, titled ‘When I Am Facing U,’ emerges from the brilliant mind of Chinese dance virtuoso Xie Xin. Commissioned by the prestigious La Biennale di Venezia, this masterpiece gracefully pirouettes to life through the artful movements of the Biennale College Danza’s talented performers, their bodies adorned in exquisite costumes crafted by the brilliant hands of Matthieu Blazy for Bottega Veneta.
The incredible dancers show off archetypal denim silhouettes, kissed by the ethereal touch of photo-real printing on lustrous viscose silk. The alchemical result is a mesmerizing contrast that tantalizes the senses and ignites the imagination. The very essence of casual grace is woven into the fabric of these designs, a fluidity that mirrors the sensuality of the choreography itself, a harmonious dialogue between movement and material.
As we delve deeper, we find ourselves entranced by the 17th International Festival of Contemporary Dance, the resplendent Biennale Danza, an integral facet of the illustrious La Biennale Venezia. Here, on this hallowed stage, the dance world’s luminaries entwine their artistry with emerging voices, painting a vibrant tapestry of diversity and creativity. In a captivating convergence of disciplines, this year’s theme, ‘Altered States,’ marks the third chapter guided by the visionary Wayne McGregor. This masterful exploration intertwines the fluidity of motion with the very essence of techno culture and scientific contemplation, a mesmerizing dance of ideas and emotions.
Each day unfurls a symphony of soloists and international troupes, their performances igniting the atmosphere with a palpable energy. But the magic doesn’t stop there. The Biennale College Danza unveils its training projects, an intricate mosaic woven into the festival’s rich narrative, nurturing the talents of tomorrow and paying homage to the heritage of dance.
In the words of McGregor himself, “The artists and art works selected for Biennale Danza 2023 are movement alchemists. Their work is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and experiment both in process and performance…” Their graceful rebellion against traditional dance conventions invites us to rediscover our bodies, to forge new connections between the external and internal realms of existence, and in doing so, to transcend our understanding and experience.
As the sun sets over the canals of Venice, Bottega Veneta’s luminous partnership with Biennale Danza casts a spell that lingers in the hearts of all who bore witness. An enchanting tale of motion and fashion, woven together with threads of creativity and passion, unfolds before our eyes—a resplendent ode to the harmonious marriage of art, movement, and style.
The video of the performance can be seen here.
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