MDLSX OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 7, 2016
    Closing:
    January 17, 2016

    Theater: La MaMa E.T.C. / 74A East Fourth Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    MDLSX is an 80-minute performance/monologue/ DJ set performed by the award-winning actress Silvia Calderoni, and directed by Motus founders, Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolo. MDLSX weaves autobiography and literary evocations in a wild and fervent paean to the freedom of becoming, to gender-blending, to a being that cannot be contained within the borders of the body, skin color, sexual organs, or boundaries of national identity.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF MDLSX

    Shedding Skins in Motus’s Genre-Blurring ‘MDLSX’ at La MaMa

    Ben Brantley

    January 10, 2016: Silvia Calderoni must be made of mercury, or some improbably liquid element that has yet to be discovered. Surely no body of mortal flesh could undergo the quicksilver transformations achieved by this remarkable performer in “MDLSX,” a perceptions-scrambling work from the Italian revolutionary theater troupe Motus. It’s not that Ms. Calderoni impersonates different people, as is often the case in one-person shows. She remains, you might say, her singular self, though singular is perhaps the wrong word for someone who truly contains multitudes. As she slithers, writhes and dances through the 80 visually ravishing minutes of the melting memoir of a show that opened on Sunday night at La MaMa Downstairs, Ms. Calderoni makes it impossible for you to pin her down with the automatic adjectives we bring to our appraisal of strangers. Is she beautiful, ugly or plain? Young or old? Passive or aggressive? Seductive or willfully repellent? And, most important to the dialogue this production hopes to set off in your mind, is Silvia Calderoni male or female? That the answers to the these questions are both all and none of the above is very much the point of “MDLSX,” which has been conceived and directed by Daniela Nicolò and Enrico Casagrande, who founded Motus together in 1991.

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