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Persona Metropolitana

A new piece by Annachiara Vispi & Giulia Macrì, premiering at Dublin Fringe Festival this September.

This is Giulia.

Like 55% of us, Giulia lives in a city.

It is predicted that by 2050, almost 70% of us will live in a city – two thirds of the people on the planet.

Giulia wonders if we’ll all fit.

Giulia doubts it.

The world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. Cities are busy, chaotic, dirty, and difficult. But they are also places of freedom, possibilities, and new experiences.

Can we rethink how we feel in cities? In changing how we feel in a city, can we reshape our communities?

A one-of-a-kind cross-cultural project, Persona Metropolitana was created in Rome, where it enjoyed two sold-out runs in January and June this year.

A dance show, a live concert, a poetry night, a video art exhibition – Persona Metropolitana is a patchwork of life in different cities. It’s a rave in a metro and a party on the Luas. With innovative, integrated video footage and original electronic music, this will be an uncategorisable experience that seeks solace in community and creativity.

In cities we feel invisible, Giulia thinks.

Or free.

Smock Alley Theatre Black Box, Exchange St Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

Preview: 19 September @ 21:15 // €11

Shows: 20-23 September @ 21:15 // €12/14

Matinee: 23 September @ 13:30// €12/14


Tel: 1800 374 643

Duration: Approx. 60 mins



Annachiara Vispi is a director and writer based between Dublin and Rome. Her work focuses on questioning what is considered familiar and natural to imagine new ways of being. Last year, she directed and co-created Pig Brain, which enjoyed a sold out run at Dublin Fringe 2022.

Giulia Macrì is a dancer and performer based in Rome. She has worked with international choreographers such as Antonin Comestaz, Sofia Nappi, Mauro Astolfi, and Kristian Lever. Her practice focuses on using the body as a self-contained tool for communication, and on how it connects with and expands other art forms.

Annachiara and Giulia met in 2021 in Rome, and have been collaborating ever since. They aim to create work that is entertaining, uncategorisable, thought-provoking, experimental.

Alongside Persona Metropolitana, they are currently developing Sei la fine del mondo (letteralmente), a piece connecting gender-based violence to climate change and capitalism.



Created by Annachiara Vispi and Giulia Macrì

With Giulia Macrì and Ciara Berkeley

Written and directed by Annachiara Vispi

Choreographed by Giulia Macrì

Set and costume design by Freya Gillespie

Lighting design by Owen Clarke

AV design by Hannah Bloom

Sound design and composition by Lorenzo Saini

Stage and production managed by Jack Shanley

Produced by Signe Lury

Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support of Dublin Fringe Festival.

Instagram: @personametropolitana

Twitter: @personametro

Smock Alley Theatre
Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar
Dublin 8, Ireland

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