Biennale Teatro 2019

The 47th International Theater Festival directed by Antonio Latella and organized by the Venice Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta will be held from 22 July to 5 August 2019.

In the program will be featured 14 artists, each with more than one production to present a sort of short “artistic biography”. There will be 28 performances including 23 new pieces, 2 of which are European premieres and 6 world premieres.

The Festival will face its act with Drammaturgie highlighting different types of dramaturgy and of being dramaturgists, from the dramaturgical role played by the Artistic Director to the director-author who stages his/her own texts; from the partnership between the directors and the authors who write for them and for the actors of an ensemble, to the artist-performer who traces a direction with his/her stage writing; from the writing typical of visual theatre to that of theatre with a musical matrix or closely linked to theatre-dance.

Special attention will be given to dramaturgy for children’s theater, born to create a new audience, to raise it and protect it from the obvious, offering great theater not only for a young or very young audience.

Right from the children’s theater of Dutch director Jetse Batelaan, winner of the Silver Lion, the Festival will start on July 22nd, that will have protagonists such as Oliver Frljić, Sebastian Nübling, Susie Dee, Alessandro Serra, Manuela Infante, Paola Vannoni and Roberto Scappin, well known as Quotidianacom, Pino Carbone, Lucia Calamaro, Julian Hetzel, Miet Warlop, the music theater ensemble Club Gewalt from Rotterdam, and finally Jens Hillje, awarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

The theme “dramaturgy” will also be the focus of a symposium with some exponents from the leading international theater magazines, as well as the subject of daily encounters with the artists of the Festival, moderated by Claudia Cannella, a theater critic and director of the magazine “Hystrio”, with simultaneous translation by Ilaria Matilde Vigna.


Location: Ca’ Giustinian and Arsenale, Venice

Opening: from July 22 to August 5, 2019

Ticket: up to €20