Silvia Calderoni & Ilenia Caleo Italy

The Present Is Not Enough

15 July 11:00 pm
16 July 7:30 pm
15 July 11:00 pm
16 July 7:30 pm

Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo continue their artistic research by investigating cruising as a relational and sexual practice of the gay male community, seen from the perspective of lesbian women/queer people. The performance draws on references from the artistic experimentation of New York’s gay scene in the 1970s and 1980s, before the arrival of AIDS – David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujar, Tava, Frank Hallam, Alvin Balltrop and other gay and queer artists, writers and scholars. An archive of images and words that transforms into a bodily and affective work, a state of nameless excitement charging the environment. The urban space becomes wild again, it is an aesthetics of collapse, as in abandoned warehouses, the lawless outdoors, and battuages on highways. Wojnarowicz who wants to commit suicide, the heroin hole, shivering in the sun in the water, an exhausting joy. “The Present Is Not Enough” is a collective work that writes about a utopia of bodies, a yearning for community, a glimmering of possible futures that are not here yet and that we can only glimpse through a crack.


Calderoni-Caleo met in 2012 at the Teatro Valle Occupato in the context of Motus’s Animale politico project and began a shared project between artistic residencies, research ateliers and performances. Since 2018, they have been teaching at IUAV in Venice. In 2019, they created “KISS”, a show with 23 performers. For the Queering Platform in Hong Kong, they curate the nomad project “SO IT IS”. In 2022, they created the installation Pick Pocket Paradise at Castello di Rivoli (Turin). They are advisors for the Italian Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2023.

Silvia Calderoni is an actress, performer and author who developed artistically with the Teatro della Valdoca and has been a member of the Motus company since 2006. Calderoni stars in the films “La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser” (2012) by Davide Manuli and “Moonbird” (2022) by Rä Di Martino. Since 2023, she has been an artistic consultant for Sherocco Festival (Ostuni).

Ilenia Caleo is a performer, activist and researcher. Graduated in philosophy, her research focuses on bodies, feminist epistemologies and forms of cultural work. She works as a dramaturg and has published Performance, materia, affetti. Una cartografia femminista (2021). Caleo is an activist in the commons and queer-feminist movements, growing up politically and artistically in the context of social centres.


Accessibility: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.

via Orsini 19, Santarcangelo



un progetto di Silvia Calderoni / Ilenia Caleo
con Giacomo AG, Tony Allotta, Silvia Calderoni, Ilenia Caleo, Gabriele Lepera, Fede Morini, Ondina Quadri
suono Gabor + SC
consulenza drammaturgica Antonia Ferrante e moltx amicx* praticanti
coproduzioni Azienda Speciale Palaexpo – Mattatoio | Progetto Prender-si Cura, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Kunstencentrum Vooruit vzw (Ghent), Motus Vague
con il supporto del progetto residenze coreografiche Lavanderia a Vapore (Torino)
grazie a Leonardo Cruciano, Michele Di Stefano, Paola Granato, Simona Gallo

© Simona Diacci