Piergiorgio Milano [BE/IT]

PESADILLA – Tragicomic story of a burnout

dance, circus, theatre

On tour

Long form (55 minutes) / duo / indoor show
Short form (25 minutes) / solo / all spaces (indoors, outdoors, site specific)

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

Pesadilla wishes to explore the imaginary time of sleeping where the tenderness and the burlesque meet each other, flirting with the more secret and hidden side of our self, going towards a border line where a grotesque humor and a sweet melancholy share the same place.

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

Cast: Direction, Concept, Choreography: Piergiorgio Milano / Performed by: Piergiorgio Milano (solo), Nicola Cisternino (duo) / Artistic advisers: Elsa Dourdet, Florent Hamon / Light design: Simone Fini / Music: Florent Hamon, Piergiorgio Milano / Stage director: Luca Carbone / Production: Giovanna Milano  / Thanks to: Claudio Stellato, Julien Vitecoq, Boris Gibé  ● Co-producers : Fondazione musica per Roma, Les Halles De Schaerbeek (Brussels), Festival Torino Danza (Italiy), 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 (Brussels), Le Garage 29 (Brussels) ● With support of: 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

Contact : Chantal Heck

Technical rider

Duration: 55 min (long form) / 25 min (short form)
Stage dimensions (long form): 7 x 7 min – ideally 9 x 9
Play area dimensions (short form): 5 x 5 min – ideally 9 x 9
Minimum height: 4 m (long form) / 3 m (short form)
Set up: D-1 (long form) / short form: outdoors: 1h30 / indoors: 3 hours
Taking down: 2-3 hours (long form) – 15 minutes (short form)
Audience: 200-400 (long form)/ 150-300 (short form)


The company

Piergiorgio Milano  [Be-It]
Choreographer, dancer, acrobat

«My choreographic language is the result of years of research on connecting dance, theater and circus arts. My shows are characterized by strong theatrical aesthetics, which the dance can lean on and develop in full freedom of poetry and virtuosity. I place myself on the line between different arts, categories and disciplines. It’s in trying to go beyond that line that I find the strength that feeds my creative processes. »


Piergiorgio Milano has worked and collaborated with many international artists like: James Thiérrée, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Rodrigo Pardo, David Zambrano, Roberto Olivan, Raffaella Giordano. He has created and directed the choreographies of the film “ Il Flauto Magico”, produced by Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio and Paco Cinematografica Roma. He teaches physical theater and contemporary dance in various European schools and companies such as: SEAD University of contemporary dance in Salzburg, Danscentrumjette in Brussels, Athens Vidéo Dance Festival, Tripspace in London, University of sports in Chambery, Opus Ballet Firenze, Lille circus school of Lomme, Le Lido – Circus school in Toulouse, Flic Circus school in Torino.

From the same company, see also : White out, Do you love me?, DentiAu bout des doigts


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