Silvia Gribaudi Performing Arts


2022-10-18 20:00 2022-10-19 20:50 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Silvia Gribaudi Performing Arts

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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...

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Azrieli Studio,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
October 18 - 19, 2022

≈ 50 minutes · No intermission

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Last updated: October 19, 2022

NAC Dance first experienced the remarkable Silvia Gribaudi in 2014 at the New Italian Dance Platform in Pisa, when she performed What Age Are You Acting? From the first moment she entered the stage, we knew we wanted to bring her work to NAC audiences. We then had the privilege of seeing Graces in 2019, a brilliant, satirical quartet that has, not surprisingly, enjoyed extensive touring and incredibly warm responses from audiences wherever it’s performed. Gribaudi’s artistic research focuses on the social impact of the body, and she centres her choreographic language both on comedy and on the relationship between audiences and performers. We’re thrilled to be presenting her company’s highly anticipated appearance at the NAC.


Cathy Levy and Tina Legari, NAC Dance


50 minutes – No intermission


In a relentless succession of dances, tableaux vivants and comic scenes, the quartet seeks (and obtains) at all times the complicity of the spectator, involving him in a eulogy of imperfection and individuality. [...] Among intended afterthought, self-mocking celebrations, lyrical interludes and unsettling suspensions, the clear awareness that “beautiful is the place where the gaze restsrises.“

–Emanuela Zanon in Juliet Art Magazine


Graces is a project inspired by The Three Graces, the sculpture created by Antonio Canova between 1812 and 1817. Drawn from mythology, the work was inspired by Zeus’ three daughters – Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia – who radiated splendour, joy and prosperity.

When three male performers (Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi, Giacomo Citton) take the stage and join the choreographer and performer, Silvia Gribaudi, time is suddenly suspended between the human and the abstract: a place where male and female meet, without roles, and dance to the rhythm of nature itself. Sometimes direct, sometimes cruel, her art always remains empathetic and playful and blurs the boundaries between dance, theatre and the performing arts.

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”.

Silvia Gribaudi likes to define herself as “the author of the body” explaining that her poetry elevates imperfections to a point where a new form of art is created. Over the past ten years, she has been questioning gender stereotypes, female and male identities and the concept of virtuosity in dance and daily life, expanding beyond clichés and appearances.

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!

Funder Acknowledgement

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#42018/2019–in collaboration with festivals ad theatrical seasons rganized 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.


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    Choreographer  Silvia Gribaudi


  • Silvia Gribaudi
  • Siro Guglielmi
  • Matteo Marchesi
  • Giacomo Citton


  • Choreography
    Silvia Gribaudi
  • Dramaturgy
    Silvia Gribaudi and Matteo Maffesanti
  • Light Design
    Antonio Rinaldi
  • Technical Director
    Leonardo Benetollo
  • Costumes
    Elena Rossi
  • Production
  • Co-production
    Santarcangelo dei Teatri
  • Supported by

NAC Dance Team

  • Executive Producer
    Cathy Levy  
  • Associate Producer
    Tina Legari
  • Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Producer 
    Mireille Nicholas
  • Company Manager 
    Sophie Anka
  • Education Associate and Teaching Artist 
    Siôned Watkins
  • Technical Director 
    Brian Britton
  • Communications Strategist 
    Julie Gunville
  • Marketing Strategist
    Marie-Chantale Labbé-Jacques

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