Dec 29, 2017
Jan 21, 2018


Panorama, “the heart-and-mind-expanding new performance piece from the Italian troupe Motus at La MaMa!” -The New York Times

World Premiere
Devised and Directed by
Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò

Dramaturgy by Erik Ehn and Daniela Nicolò
With the actors of the Great Jones Repertory Company

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Part of The Public’s Under The Radar Festival, NYC.

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club co-production with Motus, in partnership with CultureHub, Seoul Institute of the Arts, Vooruit, Gent, Triennale Teatro dell’Arte, Milano, ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Grec Festival, Barcelona, and L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora, Mondaino with support from MiBACT, Regione Emilia Romagna.

Italy’s Motus Theatre returns to direct and devise Panorama, a new work in collaboration with the Great Jones Repertory Company. Contemporary philosopher and feminist, Rosi Braidotti wrote about a “belonging open to Multiplicities” proposing a post-nationalistic identity for all the populations of the world, focusing on the concept of fluid identity and nomad identity. Motus and Great Jones Repertory Company delve into the heart of this issue, interweaving their personal histories of identity, departure, and remembrance to create new existential panoramas in which migration is actually an intrinsic existential condition.

The companies have devised this work together from the present on out, building performance up from interviews, improvisations, and associated research in pursuit of an answer to the core question: how can we move from the dominant force, – we the people – to the process of perpetually becoming – we are the other? Panorama is a dynamic and open exploration upon the human need to be in movement, in flux.

Maura Nguyen Donohue, John Gutierrez, Valois Mickens, Eugene the Poogene, Perry Yung & Zishan Ugurlu

Music: Heather Paauwe
Sound Design: Enrico Casagrande
Light Design: Daniela Nicolo
Assistant to Motus: Lola Giouse

CultureHub and Seoul Institute of the Arts Production Team
Video Design: Bosul Kim, Sangmin Chae, & Billy Clark
Set Design: Seoungho Jeong
Illustration & Animation: Bosul Kim
Technical Direction: Yarie Vazquez
Production Assistant: Youngsun Lim


Italy’s provocative and dynamic Motus Theatre Company was founded in 1991 by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò. Motus sculpts its projects through action and reaction to everyday facts, both large and small. Like litmus paper, Motus feeds on contradictions of the contemporary, translating them into active material for reflection and provocation. Motus has produced numerous theatre shows and space-specific events/happenings conceived for unusual venues.

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PANORAMA has been made possible with public funds from National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with special thanks to City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Legislature and additional supports from Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and van Itallie Foundation.

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Great Jones Repertory Company


La MaMa’s Great Jones Repertory Company (GJRC) is an intergenerational ensemble of diverse artists, pioneering new forms of storytelling through radical physicality, voice, and movement.

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Review: Who Am I? ‘Panorama’ Says There Is No Easy Answer by Ben Brantley

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“a vibrant celebration of what really makes America great: the quality of its people, from every corner of the world, and inspired to create beauty in whatever they do” – Molly Grogan, Exeunt

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“trippy AF and really well done!”


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“Panorama playfully and rigorously blurs the possibilities of who we are.” – Adil Mansoor, Contemporary Performance

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Motus Theater Company’s PANORAMA to Play La MaMa This Winter

‘Panorama’ debuts in the Big Apple with one of the most innovative theaters on the world scene

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“a burning expression of lives disassociated from the American overculture”Bob Shuman, Stage Voices

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“an edgy exploration of identity and belonging”Marcina Zaccaria, Theater Pizzazz

“Through vivid performances and visual excess, the show celebrates theater as model for how we all might survive and thrive…a panorama of joy” – Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body

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I Motus, il teatro e il presente.
[The Motus, the theater and the present. Interview with Daniela Nicolò]

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Panorama: the dream of seeing everything

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