The lovers

Notes of the show<>

Love is an "ever-fixed mark/ That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;/It is the star to every wandering bark" (Shakespeare, Sonnet 116). But it is also a flame in which the lovers often burn consuming under our eyes what is more alive in the often tragic spectacle of history.

Shakespearean suggestions feed off The lovers, a site-specific performance investigating the tortuous tensions which give spaces, relationships and events an erotic dimension and which become unexpected ground for love. A poetic, raw and sometimes grotesque exploration inside the human being, where sensuality can be grafted in the darkest passions, in the most difficult conditions or in the playful taste of pleasure.

Duration 50 minutes


Concept and direction Luciano Padovani
Choregraphies by Luciano Padovani and Silvia Bertoncelli
Set: Mauro Zocchetta
Costumes: Chiara Defant
Original music: Diego Dall’Osto

A production by Compagnia Naturalis Labor
With Ciclo degli Spettacoli Classici del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza
With the support of Mibac / Regione Veneto / Arco Danza / Comune di Vicenza / Provincia di Vicenza



The company Naturalis Labor convinced with the show " The Lovers ". In the Basilica Palladiana, the furious love frees sparks of passion. ... "The Lovers", the show produced by Naturalis Labor for the "Conversations" of the Cycle Festival Classical performances of the Vicenza's Olympic Theater, staged in and around the Basilica , brings to the theatre the rage and the sweetness of the tragedies, romances and comedies by Shakespearian lovers ... Ten talented dancers, intriguing the choreography of Luciano Padovani and Silvia Bertoncelli, thunderous the Public applause. "
Lino Zonin / Giornale di Vicenza

Technical details<>

Concept by Luciano Padovani
Choreography: Silvia Bertoncelli, Luciano Padovani
Production 2016
Duration: 20-30-40-50 minutes
Staff: 8-10 dancers  and 1 technician
Tout public
Site specific indoor / outdoor / museum spaces and places of art