G R A C E S
GRACES is inspired by the neoclassical sculpture The Three Graces, which Antonio Canova created between 1812 and 1817, as the universal benchmark of beauty, proportions, and measure.
On stage, four dancers move on an empty scene, their costumes do not hint at any specific context.
Silvia Gribaudi, Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi, and Andrea Rampazzo welcome the audience by thanking them and reassuring them: “Sometimes it’s difficult, but you know, you have the power. You have to push!”.
In a game between reality and fiction, Graces dances through time, following the score of classical music by Vivaldi and Strauss, the electronic score by Matmos, and the hypnotic experimentation by Koudlam, accompanying the viewer through a path that does not clarify, but rather further complicates the relationship and nature of these characters. Where and how does the viewer’s gaze rest?
In Graces a new concept of Grace is unveiled. Unveiling is meant as “uncovering to show for the first time” and also as “taking off a veil”, that is digging into what is superficial, looking for the roots.
What is beauty? How does it show itself? The Graces are an aesthetic canon of beauty, but first of all they embody joy, splendour, and prosperity.
Graces is a sculptural, pop piece that investigates the various shades of a concrete and insolent beauty, one that can overturn all beauty standards.
Winning Project of the action CollaborAction#4 2018/2019
Selected by NID Platform 2019
Choreography: Silvia Gribaudi
Dramaturgy: Silvia Gribaudi and Matteo Maffesanti
Performers: Silvia Gribaudi, Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi and Andrea Rampazzo
Light Design: Antonio Rinaldi
Assistant Technician: Theo Longuemare
Technical Director: Leonardo Benetollo
Costumes: Elena Rossi
Co-production: Santarcangelo dei Teatri
Supported by: MIBAC
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.
Performance lenght: 50’
A HINT OF GRACES…
“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 robertocanziani.eu/quantescene/2018/12/31/unwrapping-silvia-gribaudi-la-grazia-e-il-corpo-libero/
“A mocking trip to the automatisms o our imagination. […] The choreography appropriates with freedom the most trite female and male stereotypes to debunk them with a queer spirit.
(Maddalena Giovannelli in Stratagemmi. Prospettive Teatrali https://www.stratagemmi.it/kilowatt-festival-2019-graces/ )
“There is a mystical and sincere energy between the three dancers and Gribaudi who, like a metronome, calibrates the temperature and the internal and external times of the performance. This energy come with a liberating, saving, almost hoped-for power,and in turn generates other uncontrolled, non-standard, potentially revolutionary energies.”
(Francesca Saturnino in Che Teatro che fa, La Repubblica http://cheteatrochefa-roma.blogautore.repubblica.it/2019/07/19/santarcangelo-festival-2019-slow-and-gentle