Maya Newell

Maya Newell ci racconta la vita quotidiana di Gus, Ebony, Matt e Graham, quattro bambini australiani tra i 10 e i 12 anni, figli di coppie gay e lesbiche, alle prese con i primi dilemmi, desideri e fragilità dell’adolescenza. Gus è un appassionato di wrestling; Ebony sogna di diventare una cantante pop; Graham non sa leggere; e Matt è nel mezzo di una crisi esistenzial-religiosa.

Un ritratto emozionante e vero di che cosa significa essere una famiglia moderna e dover affrontare il pregiudizio della comunità in cui si vive, raccontato con gli occhi e le parole dei diretti protagonisti. “Gayby Baby non è una pubblicità per le famiglie queer, ma un film dove famiglie amorevoli lottano per bisogni e valori contrastanti, dove i genitori reagiscono in maniera eccessiva e a volte i bambini restano delusi. Le famiglie omogenitoriali non sono perfette, ma non sono meno perfette di qualsiasi altro tipo di famiglia” (Maya Newell).

In collaborazione con Gender Bender.

In inglese con sottotitoli in italiano. Per bambini dai 10 anni e adulti.

Le ombre del buio: origini (quasi) nascoste della violenza di genere

Event promoted by Alilò futuro anteriore, Famiglie Arcobaleno, l’Ombelico

h. 20.00 “But the sky is always bluer” video projection of a survey on gender stereotypes for children by Alessandra Ghimenti

h. 20.30 “Componimento sui generi[s]”, theatrical performance, by Alilò futuro anteriore

h. 21.00 Debate with the public led by Stefania Girelli, president of L’Ombelico and Cristiana Ottaviano, sociologist, University of Bergamo

A video enquiry and a theatrical performance to stage a reflection on stereotypes and gender violence.

Using different languages and skills, integrating emotional dimensions and reflective processes, the aim is to investigate those cultural constructs, attitudes and role assumptions that produce discrimination, violence, distorted exercise of power, but also guilt, inadequacy, lack of awareness of the processes of social and cultural change necessary for a co-evolution of men and women.

The event originates from a sociological reflection on the relationship between socialisation and gender stereotypes, initiated at the University of Bergamo and published in the essay by C. Ottaviano and L. Mentasti, Oltre i destini. Attraversamenti del femminile e del maschile, Ediesse, Rome 2015.



“Pari o dispari? Il gioco del rispetto” è un progetto che nasce in Friuli Venezia Giulia, nell’ambito delle attività volte alla prevenzione della violenza di genere.

Le discriminazioni tra uomo e donna sono una realtà molto ben radicata nella cultura italiana e come accade quando si lavora per un cambiamento culturale, è necessario partire dall’educazione delle nuove generazioni per scardinare il problema.

In Friuli Venezia Giulia il progetto è stato proposto in numerose scuole, scatenando una vivace polemica sull’esistenza o meno di una ideologia del gender, accompagnata come sempre da mistificazioni e false informazioni sul progetto stesso.

ZONA K invita per la prima volta il progetto a Milano e lo propone fuori da un contesto scolastico, come un gioco per famiglie desiderose di abbattere gli stereotipi e bambini liberi di scegliere a che gioco vogliono giocare.

Ingresso:  10,00
Posti limitati, prenotazione consigliata.


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.


MDLSX by MOTUS from ALBAMADA on Vimeo.



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.


The GENDER FOCUS opens the reflection on the new representations of identity, understood in its different meanings, from gender to national identity.

It hosts artists and scholars who rethink our perceptions and representations of gender, the canons and norms that regulate their relations, from the existential to the political level.
Personal and exemplary stories, theoretical hints and philosophical questions, always on the borderline between fiction and reality, shedding new light on our mental categories of male and female, questioning boundaries and definitions, categories and memberships, for a hymn – quoting Motus – to the freedom to become, to openness to multiplicities.


25 February 2016 h. 20.00
THE SHADOWS OF DARKNESS: (almost) hidden origins of gender violence
promoted by Alilò futuro anteriore, Famiglie Arcobaleno, l’Ombelico
[screening + performance + meeting]

8 – 25 March 2016 h. 10.00 – 19.00
Gender-Bender presents
FINGERPRINTS / Performing Gender
[exhibition of original illustrations]

8 – 12 March 2016 h. 20.00
12 March special replica h. 17.00
Motus – MDLSX

9 March 2016 h. 18.00
[meeting with aperitif]

14 – 15 March 2016 h. 21.00

24 March 2016 h. 22.00
organized by the Quattrox4 Associatione

24 – 25 March 2016 h. 21.00
Animal Religion – INDOMADOR
[new circus]
in collaboration with CLAPS, spettacolo dal vivo


PLAY-K(ids) review of meetings, workshops and performances for three generations together.

13 March 2016
[workshop for 4 to 8 years old]

13 March 2016
Alice Newell – GAYBY BABY
[film for all]
in collaboration cowithn Gender Bender