“Silvia Gribaudi’s GRACES...is an homage to the poetic powers of imperfection...Within the framework of theatrical convention, Gribaudi attempts to trigger a change in our perspective through a down-to-earth attitude, by offering entertainment and inviting us to have fun.” Jordi Ribot Thunnissen, Movement exposed
- In-person event
- ≈ 50 minutes · No intermission
- Partial nudity
What is beauty?
Prominent Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi, a unique figure in contemporary dance worldwide, has been interested in the social impact of the body for almost 20 years. Slipping into the realm of comedy, she deconstructs the stereotypes associated with body performance and gender identities.
In her multi-award-winning work Graces, Gribaudi reveals herself and makes visible the virtuosity of the ordinary body and the poetic power of imperfection. Ultimately, she brilliantly confronts the viewer’s perception.
Inspired by Antonio Canova’s famous sculpture The Three Graces (created between 1812 and 1817 as a representation of a universal standard of beauty and proportion), the artist puts herself on stage, surrounded by three male dancers echoing the three daughters of Zeus sculpted by Canova. Clad only in underwear, sketching arabesques and playful movements to music that is sometimes classical (Vivaldi, Strauss), sometimes electronic or experimental, they explore together the possible representations of “grace”.
Warm and irreverent, Graces makes you laugh and think. This generously humorous pop piece is based on the uninhibited enjoyment of shared movement. In short: vibrant and delightful!