MDLSX is a sonic device, a lysergic and solitary hymn to the freedom of becoming, to gender b(l)ending, to being other than the borders of the body, the colour of the skin, the imposed nationality, the forced territoriality, the belonging to a homeland.
Philosopher Rosi Braidotti wrote about “belonging open to multiplicities” in On Becoming Europeans, proposing a post-nationalist identity… And it is towards the escape from categories – all of them, including artistic ones – that MDLSX tends.
It is a “scandalous” theatrical journey by Silvia Calderoni who – after 10 years with Motus – ventures into this experiment with the apparent format of the D-j/Vj Set, to begin an exploration of boundaries that will culminate in Black Drama (a tragic musical) in 2017.
Autobiographical shreds and literary evocations collide in MDLSX, and on the confusion between fiction and reality MDLSX oscillates – from Gender Trouble to Undoing Gender. We quote Judith Butler who, with Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto, Paul B. Preciado’s Contra-sexual Manifesto and other cut-ups from the kaleidoscopic universe of Queer Manifestos, weaves the background of this Performance-Monster.
“The change needed is so profound that it is said to be impossible, so profound that it is said to be unimaginable. But the impossible will come, and the unimaginable is inevitable.” (Animalist Manifesto, Paul B. Preciado)
with Silvia Calderoni; direction Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò; dramaturgy Daniela Nicolò and Silvia Calderoni; sounds Enrico Casagrande; in collaboration with Paolo Baldini and Damiano Bagli; light and video Alessio Spirli; production Elisa Bartolucci and Valentina Zangari; promotion Italy Sandra Angelini; foreign distribution Lisa Gilardino; production Motus 2015 in collaboration with La Villette – Résidence d’artistes 2015 Paris, Create to Connect (EU project) Bunker/ Mladi Levi Festival Ljubljana, Santarcangelo 2015 Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza, L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora di Mondaino, MARCHE TEATRO – with the support of MiBACT, Regione Emilia Romagna.
The name Motus in itself evokes an image in movement, with blurred contours, confused with landscapes… a profile tormented by irreducible internal upheavals. It embodies a “cross-eyed” attitude to look at experiences-knowledge-works of the past to enrich the strategic arsenal of reinvention of the present, in the disarray of forms and languages. For the Motus company – founded in 1991 by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò – there are no borders, no boundaries between countries, historical moments or disciplines; no separation between art and civil commitment. Free thinkers, they take their shows around the world, working with a mixture of expressive formats, driven by the need to confront current themes, conflicts and wounds. 2011>2068 AnimalePolitico Project opened a front of observation on the Next Future with The plot is the Revolution (a scenic encounter between the two Antigones Silvia Calderoni and the indomitable Judith Malina of the Living Theatre). Through workshops, performances and public acts, the path led to the creations Nella Tempesta and Caliban Cannibal. In 2014 the creative experience of King Arthur, a baroque opera with music by H. Purcell and texts by J. Dryden, was for Motus the first electrifying confrontation with musical theatre. Today, however, the long journey of AnimalePolitico is not yet ideally over and, with the new production MDLSX (debut at Santarcangelo Festival 2015), a “Solo” that celebrates ten years of work with Silvia Calderoni, the company inaugurates a new three-year project that deals with the theme of border/conflict. We chose as dramaturgical framework some reflections and pivotal figures from the Oresteia, or better, from Appunti per un’Orestiade Africana and from Pilade by Pier Paolo Pasolini, because too many questions left open – and coincidences – with our previous projects, required depths that only in the union between tragic and contemporary we could tie up again. Today, however, the long journey of AnimalePolitico has not yet come to an end and, with the new production MDLSX (debut at Santarcangelo Festival 2015), a “Solo” that celebrates ten years of work with Silvia Calderoni, the company inaugurates a new three-year project that addresses the theme of the border/conflict.