Piergiorgio Milano [Be/It]

On tour • Created in 2021


Tragicomic story of a burnout

Piergiorgio Milano [Be/It]

Dance, circus, theatre

“Pesadilla” means nightmare in Spanish… Does a nightmare start with eyes open or closed?

Can someone who cannot sleep stay awake?

Pesadilla wishes to explore the imaginary time of sleeping where the tenderness and the burlesque meet each other. Pesadilla’s protagonist is a man lost in his dreams, a heroic victim whose narcoleptic daily life is bound to fall into an absurd world. Pesadilla combines dark humour and delicacy, recounting the fragility of a man torn between a dream with his eyes open and a life with his eyes closed.

Nominated for the best Belgian contemporary circus show 2017
Winner of Premio Equilibrio 2015, Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome


Direction, Concept, Choreography Piergiorgio Milano Performed by Piergiorgio Milano (solo), Nicola Cisternino (duo) Artistic advisers Elsa Dourdet/Florent Hamon Light design Simone Fini Sound design Florent Hamon/Piergiorgio Milano Sound and light management Luca Carbone Production Giovanna Milano Many thanks to Claudio Stellato, Julien Vitecoq, Boris Gibé Co-producers Fondazione musica per Roma, Les Halles De Schaerbeek (Brussels), Festival Torino Danza (Italy), ERT- Fondazione Emilia Romagna Teatro (Modena) Residency Espace Périphérique Parc de la Villette (Paris), Kilowatt Festival San Sepolcro (Arezzo), Centre international de création des arts du Cirque Espace Catastrophe (Bruxelles), Le Garage 29 (Bruxelles) With the support of la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Progetto Corpi e Visioni Teatro Asioli di Correggio (Reggio Emilia), Le Prato Pôle National des arts du Cirque (Lille, France), Théatre le Marni (Bruxelles), Fondation Piemonte dal vivo, Flic Ecole de cirque de Turin

The company

Piergiorgio Milano [Be/It]

Choreographer, dancer and acrobat

“My choreographic language is the result of years of research into the encounter between dance, theatre and circus arts. My performances are characterised by a strong theatrical aestheticism on which dance can rely and develop in full freedom of poetry and virtuosity. I am situated on the border between different arts, categories or disciplines; it is in the tendency to go beyond this border that I find the strength that will feed my creative processes. I dedicate myself entirely to this so that my work will be the fruit of this radical contamination between dance, circus and theatre.”


Piergiorgio Milano has worked and collaborated with many international artists including: James Thiérrée, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Rodrigo Pardo, David Zambrano, Roberto Olivan, Raffaella Giordano and Boris Gibé, for whom he plays the second cast of his show L’Absolu. He created and directed the choreography for the film “Il Flauto Magico”, produced by the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio and Paco Cinematografica Roma.

He teaches physical theatre and contemporary dance in various European schools and companies, including: SEAD University of Contemporary Dance, Salzburg; Danscentrumjette, Brussels; Athens Video Dance Festival; Tripspace, London; Université du sport de Chambéry; Opus Ballet – Florence; École de cirque de Lomme, Lille; Le Lido, Toulouse Circus School; Flic, Turin Circus School.

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