Motus theatre company, founded in Rimini in 1991 by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò, burst onto the scene with productions wielding great physical and emotional impact, managing to anticipate and portray the fiercest contradictions of the present day.
It has experienced and created hyper-contemporary trends in the theatre, performing authors such as Beckett, DeLillo, Genet, Fassbinder, Rilke or Pasolini, leading to their radical reinterpretation of Antigone as an archetype of struggle and resistance in the light of the Greek crisis with the project Syrma Antigónes (2008).
The theme of revolutions in the contemporary world was finally eviscerated with Alexis. Una tragedia greca (2010), which received the Critics’ Choice Award by the Québec Association of Theatre Critics.
With AnimalePolitico Project (2011-2013), they intercept worries, impulses, images and projections of this “Tomorrow that makes everybody tremble”.
The Plot is the Revolution (2011) is a moving scenic encounter between “two Antigones”, Silvia Calderoni and the mythical figure of political theatre, Judith Malina from The Living Theatre. Nella Tempesta (2013) and Caliban Cannibal (2013) are a part of this itinerary capable of evoking the tragedy of emigration. In 2014 the company works on the adaptation and direction of the baroque semi-opera King Arthur, with text by John Dryden and music by Henry Purcell.
Since 2015 Motus tackles the theme of the border/conflict through a research project starting with the performance MDLSX, a solo of Silvia Calderoni on the right to the freedom of transitioning from one gender to the other, demolishing every kind of prejudice and barrier. The project continues with Raffiche (2016) and Über Raffiche (2017), a reflection on the barriers inside the bodies, on identity, rebellion and the suspension of the will to define oneself.
With PANORAMA (2018) Motus claims the right to migration weaving new existential panoramas, where the migrant condition is converted into an intrinsic characteristic of existence.
All the artistic work of the company is accompanied by an intense program of public meetings, lectures and masterclasses at various Italian and foreign universities: from IUAV university in Venice, in the frame of the MA course in Performing Arts (2018-2019); to La Manufacture – Haute école de théâtre de la Suisse Romande in Lausanne, with which the collaboration started in 2014 and continues through 2018 and 2019 with the teaching to the 15 students of the acting BA. Motus directed their graduation show Rip it up and start again: a musical encounter with the very lively germs of the Post-punk culture.
In 2010 Enrico Casagrande, on behalf of the whole group, is artistic director of the 40th edition of Santarcangelo Festival.
In 2020, the company is invited to curate its artistic direction again, for the special edition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Festival.