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