MOTUS is a dance company based in Siena (Italy) supported by Tuscany Region and Siena City, with artistic residencies in Italy (Castelnuovo Berardenga, Sovicille) and abroad.
Featuring a repertoire rich in collaboration with composers and artists, the Company has embraced the search for new vocabularies where the body language is used to treat arguments of social impact.
MOTUS was founded by Simona Cieri, choreographer and dancer with a strong classical background, who subsequently studied in depth modern, jazz and contemporary dance.
The Company, firstly named Duncaniando, begun the artistic activity in 1991 but in 1994, as the company quickly grew to be recognised as one of the most interesting young dance companies in Italy (confirmed by National Awards such as the Prize for Choreography 1994, in Spello) the Company was given the new name of MOTUS.
Under this name, MOTUS tour extensively to all major theatres in Italy and abroad and by invitation to international festivals.
The work of the MOTUS Company is well estimated in various countries (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Germany, Greece, India, Kosovo, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA) as shown by international recognitions (International Prize TEATARFEST 2006 and International Prize TEATARFEST 2008).
In 2009 and in 2010, the Company was awarded with two official praises of the President of the Italian Republic for the plays “Iris under the sea” and “Della tua carne-Just’us” respectively.
In 2011, the book VENTI DI MOTUS (20 of MOTUS) written by Prof. Andrea Mancini about 20 years’ activity of the MOTUS Company was published.
From 2009 the MOTUS Company directs and organizes the Move Off International Festival.
Whether in abstract dance or dance theatre, they produce work that has theatrical and emotional impact.
Recitango (1994), Soggetto (1995), Pulcinella (1996), Perché non invitiamo Paolo Conte? (1997), State zitti se potete (1998), Mixmotus (1999), Afrodite imprigionata (2000), Se è femmina uccidetela (2001), Di Terra e d’Aria (2002), Il Dono del Tempo (2002), Hai visto i dischi volanti? (2003), La stazione (2003), Costruire la scena (2003), Schiavi (2003), Fuori Luogo (2004), Migranti (2004), Thalassa (2004), SET UP (2004), I vicini di casa (2004), For me solo (2005), Frattali (2005), Implosione (2005), Against the Silence (2005), Le mosche (2005), A chi volete darla a bere (2005), Il respiro del mondo (2005), Trailer di AQVA (2005), AQVA (2005), IN DEEP (2005), Equilibri (2006), No brain (2006), Lift (2006), Universi disgiunti nel rollìo del tempo (2006), Free fire zones (2006), Shaky lives (2006), Garibaldi fu ferito (2006), Blind Justice (2006) , Confini (2006), ON THE BORDER (2007), NO LIMITS (2007), Forever Young (2007), nextEra (2007), Limiti (2007), Con la testa (2007), PACS (2008), Monezza (2008), Ab initio (2008), One step beyond (2008), Fuori dal coro (2008), Tu sei come una terra che nessuno ha mai detto (2008), In assenza di Dio (2008), In carne ed ossa (2009), Diritti in bilico (2009), Iris sotto il mare (2009), In carne ed ossa (SHORT FORMAT) (2009), Diritti in bilico (SHORT FORMAT) (2009), Rituali (SHORT FORMAT) (2009), …ed essa e l’altre mossero a sua danza (SHORT FORMAT) (2009), Della tua carne (2009), Vite a perdere (2010) , Lavorare stanca (SHORT FORMAT) (2010), Attese (SHORT FORMAT) (2010) Rendez-vous (2010), Volevo incontrarti ma.. è sciopero dei mezzi, ho perso il cellulare e non so neppure chi sei (2010) , Mattanza (2010), Belle da morire (SHORT FORMAT) (2011), Ciotole (SHORT FORMAT) (2011), Ratatouille (2011), Motus at an exhibition (2011), Lo stato dell’arte (2011), Ancora a tempo (2011), Creazioni resistenti (2011), Dimmi cosa mangi (2011) ,Black out (SHORT FORMAT) (2012), Consenso (SHORT FORMAT) (2012), CRASH (2012), Hope (2012), Dimmi dove ti nascondi (2012), Indifferenti (SHORT FORMAT) (2013), Je t’aime (SHORT FORMAT) (2013), Erase (2013) , Icaro (Reloaded) (2013) , Dimmi che mi ami (2013), WHO ARE WE? (2014), Il bello intorno (2014), ERASE, THE DAY AFTER (2014), DIVERSITY (2014), UNMADE IN ITALY (2015), I-TAGLIA-TI (2015), DIMMI CHE MI AMI LIVE (2015), Margherita (2015), Conflicts (SHORT FORMAT) (2015), Dancing Wine (2015), Shock the Monk (2015), Misteri etruschi (2015), Luoghi comuni (SHORT FORMAT) (2015), STEREO.TIPI (2016), Primo movimento (2016), WoMen (2016), VIOL-AZIONI, Terzo movimento (2017), Sostantivo plurale (2017), DIS-CRIMINE (2017), SOLO ANDATA (2017), AGES (2018), CHANGES (2018), WORDS (2018), ETYMOS (2018), Segnali (2018), , CONTAMIN-ARTI (2019), Interferenze (2019).