Skip to main content
Silvia Gribaudi




Municipal Theater of Piraeus, 21.30


Graces is a project inspired by the statue The Three Graces created by Antonio Canova between 1812 and 1817.

The work draws from mythology and the stories about Zeus’s three daughters, Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia, who radiated joy, splendor and prosperity. In a twist, characteristic of Gribaudi’s creative idiom, three male figures take the stage in a space and time suspended between the human and the abstract, in order to suggest new meanings of the word “grace”. The piece creates a place where male and female meet with warmth, humor and empathy, and — moving beyond their usual social roles — dance to the rhythm of life itself.

The three male performers are joined on stage by choreographer and self-defined “author of the body” Silvia Gribaudi, who employs a direct, cruel and empathetic comic style in order to elevate imperfections to an art form. Over the past ten years, Gribaudi has been questioning gender stereotypes, and challenging the concept of virtuosity in dance and daily life. Her work engages with clichés and the limits of representation, it queers appearances and blurs the boundaries among dance, theatre and performing arts.

Matteo Maffesanti (director, social theatre operator and video maker) was critically involved in the making of Graces, and the choreographic material was enriched through workshops with local communities.

Winner of Danza&Danza 2019 award ‘italian production’

Winning Project of the action CollaborAction#4 2018/2019

Selected by NID Platform 2019


Silvia Gribaudi is an Italian choreographer who also specializes in performing arts in general. Since 2004 she has focused her research on the social impact of bodies, having set at the center of her choreographic language the comic element and the relationship between audience and performers. Award winner of the Premio Giovane Danza D’Autore with her piece A corpo libero (2009); finalist at the Premio UBU for best dance show and finalist at the Premio Rete Critica award with R.OSA (2017); winner of the Premio CollaborAction#4 2018-2019; finalist at the Premio Rete Critica 2019; winner of the Premio DANZA&DANZA 2019 for best Italian production with the piece Graces; and Premio Histryo Corpo a Corpo 2021. She has taken part in several artistic research projects, including: CHOREOROAM (2011), TRIPTYCH (2013), ACT YOUR AGE (2014), PERFORMING GENDER (2015), CORPO LINKS CLUSTER (2019/2020). In 2021 she was a guest choreographer at “Danser Encore, 30 solos pour 30 danseurs,” a project for the Opéra de Lyon. Her shows have been featured in a number of national and international festivals.


CHOREOGRAPHY: Silvia Gribaudi
DRAMATURGY: Silvia Gribaudi & Matteo Maffesanti
PERFORMERS: Silvia Gribaudi, Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi, Andrea Rampazzo
LIGHT DESIGN: Antonio Rinaldi
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Leonardo Benetollo
COSTUMES: Elena Rossi
CO-PRODUCTION: Santarcangelo dei Teatri
SUPPORTED BY: Italian Ministry for Culture (MIC)
PROJECT REALIZED WITH THE CONTRIBUTION OF: ResiDance XL – luoghi e progetti di residenza per creazioni coreografiche, δίκτυο Anticorpi XL. Network Giovane Danza D’autore, σε συντονισμό 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#4 2018/2019 – in collaboration with festivals and theatrical seasons organized 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.