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Tristi tropici

Tristi Tropici by Virgilio Sieni takes its inspiration from the eponymous text by Lévi- Strauss of 1955. The Sad Tropics is essentially a travel diary in which Lévi-Strauss noted his impressions, mingled with a series of brilliant considerations about the world in general. The result is an intellectual autobiography in which appear the experience of the traveller, the research in the field and the comparison between modern and primitive societies.
Tristi Tropici is a female quintet. »The choice was dictated by Lévi-Strauss, by those ›bonnes sauvages‹ who were symbols of lost cultures; they inspire profound nostalgia for a dimension of tenderness, for the recovery of contact with the supernatural, for the West’s lost mission of being feminine.« [Virgilio Sieni]

Concept, choreography

and stage

Original music 

Costume and dogs

Light design

Masks and

scenographic objects

Performers and collaboration

Production management



Virgilio Sieni

Francesco Giomi

Lydia Sonderegger 

Marco Santambrogio


Chiara Occhini


Simona Bertozzi, 

Ramona Caia, 

Elsa De Fanti, 

Michela Minguzzi,

Filippa Tolaro 

Daniela Giuliano

Giulia Rabbene

Production La Biennale di Venezia, spielzeit’europa | Berliner Festspiele and Bitef Teatar Belgrad within the framework of ENPARTS – European Network of Performing Arts
Supported by the Culture Programme of the European Commission
A coproduction with Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Teatro Stabile di Napoli und Compagnia Virgilio Sieni

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