Runs from Thursday February 1 2018 to Saturday February 3 2018

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes


The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Performance Notes

× “I was born twice: I was first one thing, and then the other.”

Award-winning performer Silvia Calderoni defies gender and genre in this visceral and visually ravishing production from Italy’s renowned performance troupe, Motus.

MDLSX is an explosive performance-art-piece-meets-pulsating-DJ-set which refuses to be labeled or contained. It spills across barriers, both artistic and societal, in its exploration of gender ambiguity. Combining Calderoni’s own life stories with fiction, the works of Judith Butler, and rock & roll, MDLSX is a kaleidoscopic investigation of identity. It is a hymn to the freedom of becoming, to gender bending, to a being that cannot be contained by the borders of the body, skin colour, sexual organs, or a national identity.

"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...."
– New York Times

Presented in Italian with English Surtitles

Dramaturgy by Daniela Nicolò and Silvia Calderoni
Sound by Enrico Casagrande
In collaboration with Paolo Panella and Damiano Bagli
Lights and video by Alessio Spirli
Production: Elisa Bartolucci and Valentina Zangari
Foreign distribution: Lisa Gilardino

In collaboration with La Villette – Résidence d’artistes 2015 Paris, Create to Connect (EU project) Bunker/ Mladi Levi Festival Ljubjana, 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 Theatre Centre Major Programming Supporters: Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, BMO, Drake Hotel, Katherine Rawlinson

Curated and presented by The Theatre Centre for Progress.

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