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Venices nooks and crannies will become sites for performances during 58th Biennale

Paul Maheke's performance Seeking After the Fully Grown Dancer 'deep within' (2016-18)
Photo: Sandino Scheidegger

Fourteen performances touching on “the current urgencies that we face at home and abroad” are due to take place during this years Venice Biennale (11 May-24 November), says the programme co-curator, Aaron Cezar, the director of Londons Delfina Foundation. The Meetings on Art project, also devised by the biennales artistic director Ralph Rugoff, will bookend the biennale with performances scheduled for 8 to 12 May, and 23 to 24 November.

“There will be short, durational episodes in the in-between spaces of the biennales gardens and galleries and fixed concentrated moments,” Cezar says, adding that the works selected explore the “politics that help form who we are”, looking at gender and nationality among other issues. The Teatro Piccolo Arsenale will also host scheduled performances.

Artists selected for the opening week include Nastio Mosquito, Paul Maheke and Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, along with Florence Peake and Eve Stainton. The duo will present Apparition Apparition, a piece which explores how “the queer lesbian body is on the periphery. It is about the exposure of an intimate romantic relationship,” Peake says.

The Canadian artist Zadie Xa will present a new version of her work seen at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2016 (Linguistic Legacies and Lunar Exploration). “The work, which includes four performers, vocalises freely about being part of an underclass, mainly through satire. There is a fictional grandmother figure who is a precursor to all shamans,” Xa says. Californian artist Boychild will show a work depicting the “hand as a signifier of class and gender”, Cezar says.

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