New repertoires of instrumental theater, for new visions of contemporary music production
In the 2021 edition of the Music Biennale, the Silver Lion had been awarded under different terms than usual. The Festival’s director Lucia Ronchetti decided not to give it as an auspice of great future careers to young composers and performers, but as a recognition and a tribute to the work of the many that, in different roles, make the performance possible. They are the backstage workers. In the 65th edition of the Festival, the award has been given to vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten. For the next edition, it will be awarded to Antonio Caggiano, Rodolfo Rossi, and Gianluca Ruggeri, who founded ensemble Ars Ludi in Rome in 1987. “ideal interpreters of the new repertoire of instrumental theatre, they are histrionic and charismatic musicians that can turn every beat of a drum into a an event full of theatricality, thus contributing to a vision of modern musical production featuring complex scores and engaging, communicative performative attitude.” Ars Ludi will be a staple of the 66th Music Biennale: they will perform in the commencing ceremony with music from Battistelli’s Jules Verne. They will also participate in the Biennale College programme.