Opening Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-12midnight, Sun-Mon: Closed

Take Me Somewhere Festival

Silvia Calderoni / Ilenia Caleo | THE PRESENT IS NOT ENOUGH

Sat 21 October 2023

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Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

A group of people sat on the floor. 2 people in the background are in speaking. 1 lays on their belly in the foreground.

© Roberta Segata, courtesy Centrale Fies

A nameless excitement charging the atmosphere, / a yearning, / sinking into the darkness of the tumultuous night, an intimacy between strangers, / and rotten teeth, Wojnarowicz who wants to commit suicide, the heroin hole / and once again we’re all under the shivering sun, / then the unexpected, something sudden / the glimmer of water, of the river, which makes us catch a glimpse, just for a moment / and there's also the possibility of fear, / closing our eyes, becoming alone / and then finding ourselves in the wholeness of a crowd of bodies / that exhausting joy. Memory disorders, memory can only be disturbed – interferences, holes. The urban space becomes wild again, it is an aesthetics of collapse, as in abandoned warehouses, the lawless outdoors, and battuages on highways. Cruising as a relational practice, as a choreography of affects in the space. We write about a utopia of bodies that we do not experience – that we (as lesbian women*) do not have access to. A yearning to be many, a glimmering of possible futures that are not here yet and that we can only glimpse through a crack.

Silvia Calderoni is an actress, performer and author who developed artistically with the Teatro della Valdoca and has been a member of the Motus company since 2006. Calderoni stars in the films “La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser” (2012) by Davide Manuli and “Moonbird” (2022) by Rä Di Martino. Since 2023, she has been an artistic consultant for Sherocco Festival (Ostuni). Ilenia Caleo is a performer, activist and researcher. Since 2000 she has been working as an actress, performer and dramaturg for the contemporary theatre, collaborating with various companies and directors. Graduated in philosophy, her research focuses on bodies, feminist epistemologies and forms of cultural work. She is an activist in the commons and queer-feminist movements, growing up politically and artistically in the context of squats and social centres. Calderoni-Caleo met in 2012 at the Teatro Valle Occupato in the context of Motus’s Animale politico project and began a shared project between artistic residencies, research ateliers and performances.


A project by: Silvia Calderoni / Ilenia Caleo performance: Giacomo AG, Tony Allotta, Silvia Calderoni, Ilenia Caleo, Gabriele Lepera, Fede Morini, Ondina Quadri care and production management: Elisa Bartolucci sound: Gabor + SC dramaturgical advice: Anna Antonia Ferrante, and many friends co-production: Azienda Speciale Palaexpo – Mattatoio | Progetto Prender-si Cura, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Kunstencentrum Vooruit vzw (Ghent), Motus Vague supported by: progetto residenze coreografiche Lavanderia a Vapore (Torino) Thanks to: Leonardo Cruciano, Michele Di Stefano, Paola Granato, Simona Gallo 2023.


This performance was previously advertised as captioned, however due to technical difficulties this is no longer possible.

The performance is highly visual accompanied by a soundscore, with minimal spoken text. In the course of the performance, purring cats are succeeded by sounds of an urban environment (car traffic, footsteps) and pieces of electronic music. Sometimes in the background is the voice of David Wojnarowicz and his Journals, where he speaks directly into a tape recorder about his days and dreams. It is a non-narrative composition that accompanies the performance and is played live.

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Part of Take Me Somewhere Festival 2023 #




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9:15pm — 10:15pm





Tickets: Full Price: £15
Concession Rate (Student, Under 25, Disabled, Senior Citizen, Artist Pass): £10


Wheelchair accessible

Tickets no longer available