GRACES is a project inspired by The Three Graces, a 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, theater and performing arts. Over the past ten years, Silvia Gribaudi has been questioning gender stereotypes, 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 theater 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)

Winner of Danza&Danza 2019 award ‘italian production of the year’

Winning Project of the action CollaborAction#4

Selected by NID Platform

Finalist Rete Critica 2019 award (Italy)


Choreography Silvia Gribaudi
Dramaturgy Silvia Gribaudi and Matteo Maffesanti
Performers Silvia Gribaudi, Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi and Andrea Rampazzo
Light design Antonio Rinaldi
Technical director Leonardo Benetollo
Costumes Elena Rossi

Production Zebra
Co-production Santarcangelo Festival supported by MiC – Ministero della Cultura, Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs

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 – project by Circuito CLAPS with Industria Scenica, Milano Musica, Teatro delle Moire, Zona K. Artistic residencies: ARTEFICI – Artisti Associati di Gorizia, Klap – Maison Pour la danse Marseille, Centro per la Scena Contemporanea/Operaestate Festival del Comune di Bassano del Grappa, Centro di Residenza Armunia/CapoTrave Kilowatt, L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale: Centro di Residenza Emilia-Romagna, Dansstationen, Danscentrum Syd, Skånesdansteater Malmö – Sweden. CollaborAction#4 2018/2019 in collaboration with festivals and theatre seasons by Anticorpi, Ater, Interplay, Piemonte Dal Vivo, Amat, Arteven, Teatro Comunale di Vicenza, Artedanzae20, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, C.L.A.P.Spettacolodalvivo, Armunia, FTS Onlus.

Duration: 60 minutes

video trailer


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