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Sleepwalking Acrobatic Dance


Show winner of the 2015 Equilibrio Prize, Auditorium parco della Musica Rome, jury composed by: Eddie Nixon The Place Londres, Marc Olivé Lopez Mercat de les Flors, Barcelone Espagne, Benjamin Perchet Dublin Dance Festival, Nicolas Six critique du danse France :

“We saw the attitude of Piergiorgio to invent multiple narrative paths developed around scenes of every day life, which have the power to capture the attention of all audiences. We appreciated his ability to use the physical language, blurring the lines between dance and circus.”


Fondazione musica per Roma ; Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles ; Festival Torino Danza ; Les Halles De Schaerbeek Bruxelles ; ERT- Fondazione Emilia Romagna Teatro Modena ; Le Prato – Pôle National des arts du Cirque- Lille France ; Espace Périphérique Parc de la Villette Paris ; Espace Catastrophe – Centre international de création des arts du Cirque Bruxelles ; Progetto Corpi e Visioni Teatro Asioli di Correggio Reggio Emilia ; Fondazione Piemonte dal vivo ; Teatro della Caduta Torino ; Flic – Ecole de cirque de Torino ; Garage 29 Bruxelles ; Kilowatt Festival San Sepolcro Arezzo; Anghiari dance Hub Anghiari Arezzo


« Pesadilla »… Means nightmare in Spanish
Does a nightmare start with eyes open or close?
Can we read another person’s dream?
Does a nightmares end with the eyes close or open?
Does somebody that can’t sleep stay wake?
We all have already daydreaming once, are we sure we never lived with the eyes closed?

Pesadilla is developed around the daily stress of « being our self », that sometimes is next to us and sometimes is above and all around: fear, insomnia, anxiety, indecision…this stress troubles our sleep, it deforms it as it does with our personality, creating many “us” in our self… a very consistent part of our self is designated to sleep: is it the reality or the dreams that has the bigger impact on us? How do we deal with our self to define dreams and reality? Pesadilla wish to explore this time-lapse journey, this imaginary time of sleeping where the weirdness and the burlesque meet each other, flirting with the more secret and hidden side of our self, going towards a border where a grotesque humor and a sweet melancholia share the same place.

Pesadilla tells about the fragility of a man shifted between a daydream reality and eyes closed life,

Pesadilla is: a chair, a wipe, a pair of a man shoes, a shirt, a necktie, an old screen from the seventies, a desire of flamenco, a panda…


Direction/ Concept/ Choreography: Piergiorgio Milano Performed by: Piergiorgio Milano, Nicola Cisternino Artistic Advisers: Elsa Dourdet/Florent Hamon Light design: Simone Fini Music: Florent Hamon/Piergiorgio Milano Stage director: Luca Carbone Production and administration: Giovanna Milano
Diffusion: Fabien Jakob


Many thanks to: Claudio Stellato, Julien Vitecoq, Boris Gibé