Sun 13.9. at 19 + audience discussion

Graces is a project inspired by The Three Graces, 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 and Andrea Rampazzo, together with the author Silvia Gribaudi. Gribaudi 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, theatre and performing arts.


Over the past ten years, Silvia Gribaudi has been questioning gender sterotypes, 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 theatre 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-

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 | Production: Zebra | Co-production: Santarcangelo dei Teatri | Supported by: MIBACT | Production of the visit: JoJo – Oulu Dance Cetre | Duration: 50 min

OuDance Festival Programme

Tickets: 5th August 2020

15/12 € (students, seniors)

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