The sea is neither man nor woman, neither masculine nor feminine.

The sea is a soul unfolding without borders.

From the waves arise giants, from the fish sirens, from uncertain transparencies monsters and visions.

Accompanied by spoken and sung texts, two acrobats/dancers move on a self-supporting sculpture, evoking the physicality and extreme conditions of sailing on a sailboat. Their bodies tell us an upside-down shipwreck story. From the image of a boat at the bottom of the ocean to the moment of departure with all the joys and excitement of the journey.

A show where dance and circus merge, visual and sound landscapes.

  • The Sculpture

The sculpture we will be using is inspired by the world of sailboats and is constructed using tensegrity.

Tensegrity is an architectural concept that utilizes tensioned cables to maintain a structure in position, creating a delicate balance and a visually striking tension. This construction choice has been made so that the structure is sturdy enough to support the acrobatics and movements of the artists, while also being airy enough to give the impression of floating in the air. This structure allows for the creation of a unique space and, in addition to being an intriguing tool for exploring the possibilities of a danced vocabulary, it is also a perfect catalyst for the audience’s imagination.

  • Music, Text, and Singing: A Sound Dramaturgy

The voice of the actor-singer will be a symbolic representation of the voice of the sea. We explore themes of marine mythology, the songs of sirens, the chants of sailors, and the oral traditions of maritime peoples. The fragments of sung and spoken text are inspired by the cornerstones of maritime literature such as ‘Moby Dick’, ‘The Roots of the Sea’, ‘The Long Voyage’, ‘With the Strength of Breath’, ‘Wild Days’, ‘Into the Lighthouse’, etc…

The sound composition will also be supported and enhanced by the construction of an aquatic landscape created from recordings and real-time transformations of actual water sounds. the atmosphere and sonic thread of FORTUNA will be the marine environment in all its forms and possibilities.


Concept, direction, and choreography: Piergiorgio Milano

Performers: Viviane Miehe, Piergiorgio Milano
Original live music: Steeve Eton
Costumes: Carine Grimonpont
Structure construction: Florian Wenger
Structure supervision: Louis Schwartz
Set design: Piergiorgio Milano
Lighting: Alberto Ciafardoni

With the indispensable help of: Florent Hamon

Special thanks to: Lucia Brusadin, Mad Beltrami and Claudio Stellato
Production: Marta Gallo – Gelsomina

In collaboration with: Luzzati Foundation – Teatro della Tosse, Electropark, Posidonia Green Project
With the support of: Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation within the framework of the “ART~WAVES. For creativity, from idea to stage” grant
And with the support of: Flic Circus School / SURREALE Residences of Contemporary Circus, Cambiaso Risso Marine, Finsea, Rimorchiatori Riuniti, Ignazio Messina; Cauvin Group, Cressi Sub, Molo Vecchio Marine Yacht Supplies, Play Juggling

Thanks to:  Municipality of Albissola Marina, Municipality of Avigliana, Moncirco, Apnea Center, Drafinsub, Giovanni Maia, Luca Lugari, Clara Storti, Elisa Melis, Vienna Brignolo, Chiara Cardona, Antonio Arnone, Enrica Boringhieri, Giorgio Distante, Valerie Doucet, Chiara Fasano, Sait Kruger, Enrica Rebaudo, Raphael Lamy, Quentin Alart, Mathias Combes, Quantum Sails, Federico Traverso, Association Eureka, Roberto Tomasinelli, Camilla Cerretti.

The theme of voyage and shipwreck is present in the story of all of us, in a metaphorical and existential manner. Moreover, in today’s world, this subject is more relevant than ever, as the global community faces persistent issues of migration and travel.

We have chosen shipwreck as both an image and a narrative tool to explore and recount the resilience of the human spirit, in our opinion one of the most beautiful and powerful qualities that we carry within us.