Production Details / Press Releases
Man or woman? This is the question that “MDLSX” revolves around. Silvia Calderoni presents a masterful gender performance that transgresses beyond gender binaries; it undermines and blurs these borders in order to show how absurd their construction really is. The actress takes us with her on a journey to the core of ourselves, reaching beyond definition and categorization. “MDLSX” is both biography and fiction, a mix of theory and Indie music, DJ performance and home video. The camera, which Calderoni often operates herself, is merely an external eye. Although it is relentlessly intrusive, its perspective remains superficial. It cannot wholly capture the more complex inner truth that “MDLSX” evokes. At once fictional and personal, this piece searches for new forms of identity formation. Silvia Calderoni, who has been a member of the radical Italian theatre company MOTUS for ten years, uses “MDLSX” to experiment with DJing as a form of theatre. Just like a priestess, she stands enthroned behind her Dj podium – a harbinger of a cult of fluid gender identities. Man or woman? In the end, you will feel like reformulating the question in order to ask: does it really matter?
MOTUS is an independent theatrical group founded by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò in 1991 in Rimini. It does not conceive borders between countries, genders and artistic forms. MOTUS has created theatre shows, performances, installations and workshops featured in the most important international festivals. The company celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2016.
The group burst onto the scene in the nineties with productions wielding great physical and emotional impact, and has anticipated and portrayed some of the harshest contradictions of the present day. MOTUS has experienced and created hyper-contemporary trends in the theatre, performing authors such as Camus, Beckett, DeLillo, Rilke or their beloved Pasolini, leading to their radical reinterpretation of “Antigone” in the light of the Greek crisis, or Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, with fragments by Aimé Césaire, which powerfully evoked the tragedy of emigration and created instant communities around the world. After exposing the ‘scandal’ of the body and sexuality in “MDLSX” – with the extraordinary Silvia Calderoni who has been working with MOTUS since 2006 – the company went back to a work produced in 2002, “Splendid’s” by Jean Genet. The piece toured internationally and was awarded the Ubu prize for its original setting, a hotel room. The 2016 version of the work is different: it has been transformed to an all-female cast with an original text by Magdalena Barile and Luca Scarlini.
Cast & Credits
With: Silvia Calderoni
Director: Enrico Casagrande, Daniela Nicolò
Dramaturgy: Daniela Nicolò, Silvia Calderoni
Sound: Enrico Casagrande
In collaboration with: Paolo Panella, Damiano Bagli
Light, video: Alessio Spirli
Production: Elisa Bartolucci, Valentina Zangari
Tourmanagement: Ilaria Mancia
International distribution: Lisa Gilardino
Production: MOTUS 2015
In collaboration with: La Villette – Résidence D’artistes 2015 Paris, Create To Connect (Eu Project) Bunker / Mladi Levi Festival Ljubjana, Santarcangelo 2015 Festival Internazionale Del Teatro In Piazza, L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora Di Mondaino, Marche Teatro. With the support of: Mibact, Regione Emilia Romagna.
Tanz im August 2016
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer: Sven Neumann
Production: Isa Köhler, Andreas Skjönberg, Andrea Niederbuchner
Assistance of Artistic Director / Production: Marie Schmieder
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)
Tempelhofer Ufer 10
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):