THE PROPHET OF THE LIBERATED BODY TREATS YOU TO FEELGOOD
Silvia Gribaudi is known as the prophet of the liberated body. By questioning stereotypes, the ideal body as well as the notion of virtuosity she manages to entertain as well as create reflections. When Gribaudi once more tour with Dancenet Sweden it is with the ultimate feelgood production – Graces.
Silvia Gribaudi is an exceptional artist who dares to be funny, irrelevant and empathetic at the same time. She keeps flowing boundlessly between dance, theatre and performance. Her-self elusive approach offers the audience both entertainment and enjoyment. Her irrepressible and honest approach engender afterthought both through the unconventional and the unexpected.
Graces is inspired by Antonio Canova’s neoclassical marble sculpture “The three graces”. The sculpture represents Zeus’ three daughters, supposedly beauty, charm and joy. What would “the three graces” be today, and what happens to them when portraited by Gribaudi’s raw irony and flippant approach?
Canova’s sculpture is in Graces represented by Silvia Gribaudi and her three dance-partners. They perform in tableaux the quest to achieve a form of complete and polished beauty. They try to move synchronous without success. The signals for change of light comes too late. Proud and as graceful as possible does their effort to reach perfection fail time after time. Their human shortcomings are visible and their eyes search for the audience approval.
Graces is a homage to the strength of human deficiency, a reminder that “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder,” but it is foremost hearty performance which offers lots of laughter.
Dancenet Sweden toured Silvia Gribaudi’s performance R.osa during Spring 2019.
“Silvia Gribaudi’s GRACES (…) is an homage to the poetic powers of imperfection. (…) Within the framework of theatrical convention, Gribudi attempts to trigger a change in our perspective through a down-to-earth attitude, by offering entertainment and inviting us to have fun”
Jordi Ribot Thunnissen in Movement exposed
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 rests” rises.
Emanuela Zanon in Juliet Art Magazine
“Silvia is the Italian prophet of free body. Not a tumbling, gymnastic body, which is so connected to strength and muscles, but a truly free body, that has set itself free from the obligations and duties to which so many cultures have forced it. And so, in order to investigate how the idea of something Beautiful, as well as culturally relative, is a vital and healthy principle. Splendour, joy, prosperity radiate from the Three Graces, three cardinal points set by Canova into marble, which Gribaudi manages to set free from time and gender.”
Roberto Canziani in Quantescene! Cose di Teatro
“A mocking trip to the automatisms of our imagination. (…) The choreography appropriates with freedom the most trite(?) female and male stereotypes to debunk them with a queer spirit.”
Maddalena Giovannelli in Stratagemmi. Prospettive Teatrali
”There is a mystical and sincere energy between the three dancers and Gribaudi who, like a metronome, calibrates the temperature and the internal and external times of the performance. This energy come with a liberating, saving, almost hoped-for power, and in turn generates other uncontrolled, non-standard, potentially revolutionary energies.”
Francesca Saturnino in Che Teatro che fa, La Repubblica