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15 · 11 · 2016

The Venus Labyrinth – Discovering the female brain


The regional theater of Vordingborg, Cantabile 2, has in October performed “The Venus Labyrinth” at the beautiful Gatchina Palace in St. Petersburg and with big succes. As in Denmark the performance has experienced great interest from both the audience and the media.

The performance was played by 11 performers from the Russian dance company Kannon Dance and 4 of the theater’s own performers. The Venus Labyrinth is one of the major works of Nullo Facchini (founder of Cantabile 2), made as a part of Facchinis investigation of a new theater form within modern dance transforming the site-specific into human-specific, and dealing with the universal sensitivity of human as an emotional being.


The Venus Labyrinth is conceived as an individual, interactive journey into the female brain. The Labyrinth contains 28 installation rooms, corresponding to the 28 known areas of the human brain, and each room is inhabited by a woman. Each performer has, in collaboration with director Nullo Facchini, created her room starting from a true personal memory, an experience, in some cases even a secret. Each spectator enters the labyrinth alone, with a few minutes interval, and joins these women in a unique, sensorial and emotional experience. No spectator is presented with the entire labyrinth; no two spectators will view or share the same experience. The journey takes app. 1 hour.


It is the first time Cantabile 2 had a performance in Russia and it is also the first time a big human-specific production played in St. Petersburg and in Russia in general.


The performance is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and Danish Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Russian dance company Kannon Dance.