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MDLSX at Progress

  • The Theatre Centre 1115 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1J1 Canada (map)

Curated and presented by The Theatre Centre as part of Progress
Presented in Italian with English surtitles

“I was born twice: I was first one thing, and then the other.”

Award-winning performer Silvia Calderoni defies gender and genre in this visceral and visually ravishing production from Italy’s renowned performance troupe, Motus.

****Don't the opening night party with Ill Nana starting at 9:30 on Thursday, Feb. 1****

MDLSX is an explosive performance-art-piece-meets-pulsating-DJ-set which refuses to be labeled or contained. It spills across barriers, both artistic and societal, in its exploration of gender ambiguity. Combining Calderoni’s own life stories with fiction, the works of Judith Butler, and rock & roll, MDLSX is a kaleidoscopic investigation of identity. It is a hymn to the freedom of becoming, to gender bending, to a being that cannot be contained by the borders of the body, skin colour, sexual organs, or a national identity.

“Silvia Calderoni must be made of mercury, or some improbably liquid element that has yet to be discovered. Surely no body of mortal flesh could undergo the quicksilver transformations achieved by this remarkable performer….”
– Ben Brantley, New York Times

Presented with support from Instituto Italiano di Cultura
Photo: Ilaria Scarpa


Presented in partnership by SummerWorks and The Theatre Centre
Feb 1 - 18, 2018
Single tickets: $25
Progress 3 Show Pass: $60

Full Festival line-up at

Progress is collectively curated and produced by a series of Toronto-based companies, operating within a contemporary performance context. This third edition is curated by Anandam DancetheatreFADO Performance Art CentreLittle Black Afro Theatre, SummerWorks, The Theatre Centre, The Toronto Dance Community Love-In and Volcano Theatre.

All Festival events are physically accessible, and many offer accessible options such as ASL Interpretation, Tactile Audio Display Seating, and free or discounted tickets. For more info on accessibility at Progress, visit

Earlier Event: February 1
First Thursday: Shake it
Later Event: February 1
Myst Milano. EP Release: Kali Ma