In an enchanting and ironic quartet, Silvia Gribaudi, the Italian prophet of the liberated body, uses mischievous humour to question the normatively connoted concept of beauty, joyously breaking codes and accepted cliches. Graces is inspired by the neoclassical sculpture The Three Graces, created by Antonio Canova between 1812 and 1817, which is regarded as a universal beauty and proportion. Dressed only in socks and underwear, Gribaudi and three male Apollos search for new meanings of the word “grace.” With a wink of the eye and a large portion of irony they question everything generally associated with the notion of beauty – be it in ancient sculpture, the circus or the concert hall. With finesse and humour the four charismatic performers create an opening for everything deemed imperfect. An evening to fall in love with.
Originally from Turin, the choreographer Silvia Gribaudi produces stage works that successfully combine art, dance and theatre. In devising her performances, she exploits connections between social and cultural structures that often lead to humorous encounters with dance and irony. This focus is on exploring the body and encounters in dialogue and a close relationship with the audience. Graces was named Best Production of the Year by the Italian professional journal Danza & Danza and makes its Austrian premiere at Sommerszene.
Choreography: Silvia Gribaudi
Dramaturgy: Silvia Gribaudi & Matteo Maffesant Performers: Silvia Gribaudi, Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi & Andrea Rampazzo
Lighting design: Antonio Rinaldi
Technical direction: Leonardo Benetollo
Costumes: Elena Rossi
A coproduction of Santarcangelo Festival
With the support of MIC – Italian Ministry of Culture
The project was realised with the support of ResiDance XL – luoghi e progetti di residenza per creazioni coreografiche, action of the Network Anticorpi XL – Network Giovane Danza d'Autore, coordinated by L'arboreto – Teatro Dimora di Mondaino e IntercettAzioni – Centro di Residenza Artistica della Lombardia – progetto di Circuito CLAPS e Industria Scenica, Milano Musica, Teatro delle Moire, Zona K.