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Silvia Gribaudi

Born in Turin, her language as an artist and choreographer intersects performing art, dance, and theatre, focusing on the research on body and on the relationship with the audience. Her poetics constantly resorts to dialogue and is embedded in the social and cultural framework where her performances develop. Her artistic language could be summarised as the encounter of dance with a raw, empathetic humour. In 2009 she created A corpo Libero, a piece with which she won both the audience and the jury prize at the Giovane Danza d’Autore contest; the piece was also selected by Aerowaves Dance Across Europe, was presented at the Venice Biennale, at the Dublin Dance Festival, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at Dance Victoria Canada, at the Festival Do Disturb at the Paris Palais De Tokyo, and also at the Santarcangelo Festival.

From 2013 to 2015 she focused on body and nudity and started this research by creating performances such as: The film contains nudity and What age are you acting? – Le età relative (an Act your age project). In 2017 she was selected in Italy among the choreographers of the Resi Dance Anticorpi XL Network 2017. In 2016 and 2017 she directed and choreographed three different performances (My Place, Felice, and R. OSA_10 esercizi per nuovi virtuosismi), where the body of performers becomes the main focus, thanks to its expressive identity.

In 2017 she premiered in Vancouver, Canada, with Empty. Swimming. Pool, an Italian-Canadian co-production with Tara Cheyenne Frienderberg. In the same year R. OSA was shortlisted for the Ubu prize and Rete Critica prize. In december 2018 she premiered with Graces, the project selected by CollaborAction#4 2018/2019, and in 2019 with the performance Humana Vergogna, as part of the poetry of shame of Matera European Capital of culture 2019 and #Reteteatro41.

Among other projects, Silvia is also developing a new work, Mon Jour!, co-produced by Torino Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino (as part of the European project Corpo Links Cluster) and by Teatro Stabile del Veneto, premiering in 2020. Silvia Gribaudi’s works embody lightness, irony, and freedom. She will laso premiere in 2021 with Out Of Planet, a project developed with Lebanese dancer Abou Diab in the frame of Etape Danse



Matteo Maffesanti

Director, videomaker and social theatre operator, he graduated from Teatro Nucleo of Ferrara, directed by Cora Herrendorf. He adopts the theatrical and cinematographic language in various artistic and social settings. He approaches cinema through several analysis, shooting and screenwriting workshops.

In 2008 He establishes Elevator Bunker Association, where he develops projects and workshop of participatory video-making and theatre, in schools and educational centers, realising several performances and short films. In 2011 he starts collaborating with Alessandro Sciarroni, italian performing artist, developing the projects Folk-s, Will you still love me tomorrow? and Aurora.

Since 2012 he takes part as visual artist in many international choreographic research projects promoted by Opera Estate Festival Veneto.

In 2013 he is co-author with choreographer Tiziana Bolfe Briaschi of VOR, performance shortlisted for Premio Arte Laguna Prize of Venice.

In 2014 he meets Silvia Gribaudi with whom he starts a consistent collaboration in several local projects with the aim of valuing local people by designing a collective performative action. In 2015 he realises the video reportage 88 Giorni nelle farm Australiane produced by Fondazione Migrantes of Rome, shortlisted in many Italian festivals. In 2016 he co-founds a film production company named Samekh Film. He is currently involved in the making of his first feature film in collaboration with Jole Film production company Silvia.



Choreography: Silvia Gribaudi

Dramaturgy: Silvia Gribaudi and Matteo Maffesanti

Light Design: Antonio Rinaldi

Costumes: Elena Rossi

Performers: Silvia Gribaudi, Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi and Andrea Rampazzo

Assistant Technician: Theo Longuemare

Technical Director: Leonardo Benetollo

Production: Zebra

Co-production: Santarcangelo dei Teatri

Supported by: MIBACT

Graces is a project inspired by The Three Graces, sculpture created by Antonio Canova between 1812 and 1817.

The work draws from mythology. Zeus’ three daughters – Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia – radiated splendour, joy and prosperity. Three male figures take the stage in a space and time suspended between the human and the abstract: a place where male and female meet, without roles, and dance to the rhythm of nature itself.

On stage there are three male performers (Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi, Andrea Rampazzo) together with the author Silvia Gribaudi, who likes to define herself as ‘author of the body’ because her poetics elevates imperfections to an art form with a direct, cruel and empathetic comic style without any boundaries among dance, theatre and performing arts.

Over the past ten years, Silvia Gribaudi has been questioning gender sterotypes, female and male identities and the concept of virtuosity in dance and daily life, expanding beyond clichés and appearances. Graces was realised thanks to the critical, visual and directorial support of Matteo Maffesanti (director, social theatre operator and videomaker) who followed through the entire artistic process with Silvia Gribaudi, with several working phases involving workshops for local people inspired by the choreographic material developed in the project.

With generous humor and radical empathy the Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi elevates notions of human imperfections into an art form beyond clichés and appearances. Drawn from the sculpture The Three Graces (Antonio Canova 1812-1817) representing

Zeus’ daughters Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia – the three male performers together with Silvia search for new meanings of the word ‘grace’. With dance and text, but most of all with warmth and lightness, the performance reveals a core of our humanity.

Annette Van Zwoll, dramaturg.

Silvia is the Italian prophet of free body. Not a tumbling, gymnastic body, which is so connected to strength and muscles, but a truly free body, that has set itself free from the obligations and duties to which so many cultures have forced it. And so, in order to investigate how the idea of something Beautiful, as well as culturally relative, is a vital and healthy principle. Splendour, joy, prosperity radiate from the Three Graces, three cardinal points set by Canova into marble, which Gribaudi manages to set free from time and gender stereotypes, and reveals through the balm of irony”.

Roberto Canziani in Quantescene! Cose di Teatro

Project realized with the contribution 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 Artistic residencies: Klap – Maison Pour la danse Marseille, Centro per la Scena Contemporanea/Operaestate Festival del Comune di Bassano del Grappa, Orlando Bergamo, Lavanderia a Vapore Centro di Residenza per la danza regione Piemonte, L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale: Centro di Residenza Emilia-Romagna, ARTEFICI – Artisti Associati di Gorizia, Dansstationen, Danscentrum Syd, Skånesdansteater Malmö Sweden and with the support of Centro di Residenza Armunia/CapoTrave Kilowatt. CollaborAction#4 2018/2019 – in collaboration with festivals ad theatrical seasons organised by Rete Anticorpi, Ater Circuito Regionale Multidisciplinare, Associazione Mosaico Danza/Interplay, Piemonte Dal Vivo, Amat, Arteven, Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Vicenza, Associazione Artedanzae20, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, C.L.A.P.Spettacolodalvivo, Associazione Armunia, Fondazione Toscana Spettacolo Onlus.