The British Council is delighted to present Dancing Before the Moon at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2023, running from 20 May to 26 November 2023.

This year’s inspiration 

Dancing Before the Moon aims to inspire debate that will challenge and influence the future of British architecture. Through its installations of new work, and a film and soundscape, it promotes the idea that everyday rituals (from growing food and cooking to playing games and dancing) are forms of spatial practice for diasporic communities and present new ways of thinking about architecture and the built environment. 

What to expect

Our curatorial team Jayden Ali, Joseph Henry, Meneesha Kellay and Sumitra Upham, guide you through a celebratory journey of new work by six UK-based artists and architects. Through film and objects, these artists, Yussef Agbo-Ola, Madhav Kidao, Sandra Poulson, Mac Collins, Shawanda Corbett, and Jayden Ali, highlight the central role that rituals play in reflecting the traditions and community values of people living in the UK.

Sevra Davis, Director of Architecture Design Fashion at the British Council and Commissioner of the British Pavilion said: 

'We are delighted that the British Council Commission for the 18th International Architecture Exhibition will look at architecture and the built environment in a new way, advocating for rituals as a way of changing spaces. This newly commissioned installation presents a radically different vision for the UK – encouraging us to reconsider our customs and traditions and create more innovative, forward-thinking places.'

Photos: Taran Wilkhu © British Council

Film: John Ingle © British Council

Visual identity: TEMPLO