• Sylvia Gribaudi’s works are characterized by light-heartedness, irony, and freedom. The workshop offers an exploration of the poetic dimension that Sylvia Gribaudi explores, emphasizing the vivacity and presence of the body. Participants will engage in a journey where humor and play are integrated into bodily expression and gesture. The workshop will delve into the concept of the vital body, encouraging participants to embrace the value of imperfection and mistakes as avenues for creative expression.

Key Themes:

  • Revitalizing physicality through self-irony and dance dynamics
  • Exploring how dance influences body perception within a playful environment

  • Morning Classes: Open to the public from 10 AM to 11:15 AM
  • Full Workshop: Dancers will be selected to participate in this comprehensive training program, enhancing their professional and technical performance skills. The workshop will run from 10 AM to 3 PM, starting from the 8th to the 12th of July.
  • Public Showing: Participants will present the outcomes of the dance intensive through a public performance on July 13th, with the specific timing to be announced later. Participants who will participate in the showing can be absent for up to one day.
  • Dates: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th (Public showing) of July. Time: 10AM – 3PM (everyday except for tuesday the 9th/ 10am -12pm & 13th)

Graces by Silvia Gribaudi 
A Humorous Contemporary Dance Performance 
  • Tuesday 9th, 9:00PM
  • Al Madina Theater

  • The Italian Cultural Institute & Beirut Physical Lab in Collaboration with Zebra Production presents an award-winning humorous contemporary dance performance: Graces”
  • Graces is a project inspired by The Three Graces, a sculpture created by Antonio Canova between 1812 and 1817. The work draws from mythology: Zeus’ three daughters – Euphrosyne, Aglaea, and Thalia – radiate splendor, joy and prosperity. Three male figures – Siro Guglielmi, Matteo Marchesi, and Andrea Rampazzo – take the stage in a space and time suspended between the human and the abstract: a place where male and female meet without roles and dance to the rhythm of nature itself. They perform together with the author Silvia Gribaudi, who likes to define herself as ‘author of the body’ because her poetics elevates imperfections to an art form with a direct, cruel, and empathetic comic style without any boundaries among dance, theater, and performing arts.
  • Over the past ten years, Silvia Gribaudi has been questioning gender stereotypes, female and male identities, and the concept of virtuosity in dance and daily life, expanding beyond clichés and appearances.
  • “With generous humor and radical empathy, the Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi elevates notions of human imperfections into an art form beyond clichés and appearances. Drawn from the sculpture The Three Graces (Antonio Canova 1812-1817) – representing Zeus’ daughters Euphrosyne, Aglaea, and Thalia – the three male performers together with Silvia search for new meanings of the word ‘grace’. With dance and text, but most of all with warmth and lightness, the performance reveals a core of our humanity.”