MDLSX is an explosive sound device, a lysergic and solitary hymn to the freedom of becoming, to gender b(l)ending, to a being that cannot be contained within the borders of the body, skin color, sexual organs, or boundaries of national identity.
It is a road trip of the exceptional performer Silvia Calderoni who – after 10 years with Motus – experiments a DJ/VJ set-like format, in order to start an exploration around borders.
By blurring fiction and reality MDLSX weaves together a kaleidoscopic queer universe. Autobiographical bits and literary evocations come together in a tour de force that exists on the edges; visible and invisible, physical and emotional, splendid and monstrous.
Silvia Calderoni must be made of mercury, or some improbably liquid element that
has yet to be discovered. Surely no body of mortal flesh could undergo the
quicksilver transformations achieved by this remarkable performer in “MDLSX,” a
perceptions-scrambling work from the Italian revolutionary theater troupe Motus.
Ben Brantley – New York Times – January 10th, 2016
The work of company Motus – founded and directed by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò – spans over 25 years and multiplicity of formats: theatre, performance, installation and video as well as seminars and workshops. The company has received numerous prizes in Italy and internationally and toured the world from New York to Buenos Aires, Adelaide to Taipei, Moscow to Tunis as well as all over Europe.
For Motus there is no separation between art and civil engagement; the company has always portrayed some of the most challenging contradictions of the present day. They have worked together with revolutionary artists, writers, philosophers, and activists; engaged with building communities and acted in solidarity with different struggles.
With Silvia Calderoni
Direction: Enrico Casagrande, Daniela Nicolò
Dramaturgy: Daniela Nicolò, Silvia Calderoni
Sound: Enrico Casagrande with Paolo Panella and Damiano Bagli
Lights and Video: Alessio Spirli
Production: Elisa Bartolucci, Claudia Casalini
Communication: Marta Lovato
International distribution: Lisa Gilardino
In collaboration with: La Villette – Résidence d’Artistes Paris, Create to Connect, Bunker / Mladi Levi Festival, Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza, L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora di Mondaino, Marche Teatro
Supported by: Mibact, Regione Emilia Romagna
In collaboration with Cirko – Center for New Circus
Photo by Ilaria Scarpa