Valeria Magli
Pupilla 1983 – 2014


In 1983 Pupilla, a pièce by and with Valeria Magli, was rich in such unequivocal cultural references as Hans Bellmer and Heinrich von Kleist, articulated in a series of evocative, moving, rarefied images. It still is.
Today’s recreation of the pièce, performed by three dancers from DanceHaus Company, still tells the tale of the relationship between dolls, childhood, eroticism and more.

In Magli’s words: “Dolls belong to the large family of puppets, dummies and clockwork automata: human effigies related to the ancient myth of death and resurrection, the metamorphosis of the living into the dead”.
Rich in highly sophisticated imagination and carefully selected music and verse, Pupilla returns with its ambiguous she-robots from a pioneering Italian season of “poesia ballerina” that is still fresh today.


Pupilla (1983-2014)
A show by Valeria Magli

with DanceHaus Company
performed by Chiara Monteverde, Armida Pieretti, Susan Vettori
narrative voice: Valeria Magli
music by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Juan Hidalgo, Ethelbert Nevin, C. J. Orth
music editing and restauration (2014): AGON
poems by Hugo Ball, Milli Graffi, Letizia Paolozzi, Giovanni Pascoli, Gisèle Prassinos, Umberto Saba
texts (1983) curated by Valeria Magli and Letizia Paolozzi
direction assistant: Dalila Sena
lights: Michelangelo Campanale
choreography assistant: Maria Pia Tommaselli
costumes (1983): Valeria Magli – costumes restauration (2014): Elisa Scalvini – masks and mannequin (1983): Guerrino Lovato
doll (1983): Brigitte Starczewski Deval
photos (1983): Carla Cerati – photos (2014): Alberto Calcinai
production (1983): Teatro Franco Parenti – production (2014): ContART
Reconstruction within the project RIC.CI Reconstruction Italian Contemporary Choreography Anni ’80-’90
conceived and directed by Marinella Guatterini
management and communication: Silvia Albanese
in collaboration with: Teatro Pubblico Pugliese – Comune di Bisceglie – progetto “Sistema Garibaldi” / Amat – Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali / Arteven Circuito Teatrale Regionale Veneto
in co-production with: Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia / Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee / Fondazione Milano – Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi / Fondazione Ravenna Manifestazioni / Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Ferrara “Claudio Abbado” / Torinodanza – Fondazione Teatro Stabile di Torino



May 3, 2014 | Teatro Garibaldi, Bisceglie
June 10, 2014 | Ravenna Festival, Ravenna
October 14, 2014 | Teatro Grande, Brescia
February 14, 2015 | Teatro Comunale, Vicenza
May 10, 2015 | Teatro Bramante, Urbania
May 12, 2015 | Festival Fabbrica Europa – Teatro Cantiere Florida, Florence
October 7, 2015 | Torinodanza 2015 – Lavanderia a Vapore, Collegno
November 11, 2015 | Teatro Comunale, Ferrara











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