“MDLSX” by MOTUS is one of the most incredible shows I have seen in recent years. Raw and honest, it explored gender and identity in the form of a seemingly autobiographical one-woman show until I realized that the narrative also included text from the novel “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides (I mean, yes, it’s obvious that’s where the show took inspiration from for its title, but I didn’t make the connection at first). Silvia Calderoni was the performer, the onstage DJ and camera operator all at once, and she was simply transcendent.
I also loved the music (probably because I already have many of the same songs in my playlist 😛). Each song added to the ravishing visuals and at times heartbreaking words spoken/revealed on the screen.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Despair
College & Electric Youth – A Real Hero
Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere
Sixto Rodriguez – This Is Not a Song It’s an Outburst
The Smiths – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
R.E.M. – Imitation of Life
Vampire Weekend – Step
Buddy Holly – Everyday
The Knife – One Hit
Ibeyi – River
Dead Man’s Bones – In the Room Where You Sleep
The Dresden Dolls – Coin Operated Boy
Get Well Soon – Witches! Witches! Rest Now In the Fire
Vincent Gallo – Brown Daisies
Suuns – Up Past the Nursery
Placebo – Nancy Boy
Chrisma – Lola
Stromae – Formidable
GIANNI MORANDI – C’era un ragazzo che come me amava i Beatles e i Rolling Stones
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