What's On



Presented in Season 1 2019

Presented by Arts House and Midsumma Festival

Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb, 7pm
Thu – Post Show Q&A
80 mins
$35 / $30

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


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Wheelchair Accessible
Auslan Interpreted –  Fri 1 Feb, 7pm

Nudity, strobe lighting and strong language


Acclaimed international artist Silvia Calderoni returns to Australia with a revolutionary performance exploring gender and androgyny. MDLSX is an explosive, psychedelic and solitary hymn to the freedom of becoming, to gender b(l)ending, to being other than the borders of the body.

Platinum-maned punk god/dess Silvia Calderoni uses her family’s home videos to blur fiction with her own life story. Part performance-art monologue and part non-stop DJ rave, set to the music of The Smiths, Vampire Weekend, R.E.M. and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this provocative physical performance tells a confronting personal story of violence, pain, confusion and acceptance. All while offering exhilarating entertainment.

MDLSX is a scandalous theatrical trip set to challenge preconceptions and blow minds.

‘A perception-scrambling work from the Italian revolutionary theatre troupe Motus.’ The New York Times

‘Theatergoers are likely to leave MDLSX exhilarated.’ New York Theatre

‘A daring assault on both the senses and our preconceptions.’ Adelaide Now

Silvia Calderoni
Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò
Daniela Nicolò and Silvia Calderoni
Enrico Casagrande in collaboration with Paolo Panella and Damiano Bagli
Lights and Video:
Alessio Spirli



Elisa Bartolucci and Sonia Bettucci
Shaila Chenet
Marta Lovato
International distribution: 
Lisa Gilardino

This event is part of BODY, a new major project from Arts House in partnership with Midsumma Festival amplifying the voices of trans, gender diverse and intersex peoples.

Supported by – BODY is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Besen Family Foundation.
Image by – Renato Mangolin