Silvia appears at the back of the stage, against the blacks, head down, tugging at the hem of her brightly coloured, tight fitting, slinky little dress. Too little, perhaps, for her generous frame and a cause of consternation as she ripples her body through a dance that is anything but routine.
She moves effortlessly and unconventionally, making limbs fly and land with a combination of light and weight, holding poses, dancing with her face and her fingertips. Subtle and gestural one moment, brash and knowing the next.
Playing with the spotlight she becomes more grand and in control as the light and the music get bigger. Silvia performs to us, for us.
To Iggy Pop’s The Passenger she does a wonderfully loose solo with her hair quiffed up. The music morphs into opera and the moment of ultimate freedom. Off comes the constricting garment to reveal bright green underwear; the dress gets wrapped around the head turban style. Now Silvia is free to be herself, to acknowledge her fabulous body with a proper belly dance and everything shaking. A Corpo Libero is a glorious and life affirming piece; short in length but big in heart. Everything is pitch perfect – lighting, sound, staging and choreography. A joy and a gem.