The director Silvia Costa was born in Treviso in 1984. She studied Fine Art and Theatre at the Università Iuav in Venice and creates performances, theatre productions, installations and video works. In 2007 she founded the theatre company Plumes dans la tête together with the musician Lorenzo Tomio. At the same time Silvia Costa was an actor and assistant for the company co-founded by Romeo Castelluci, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. During this period, they created the works «Parsifal» at the Théâtre de la Monnaie (director: Romeo Castellucci, 2011), «The Four Seasons Restaurant» at the Avignon Festival (2012), «Hyperion. Letters of a Terrorist» at the Schaubühne Berlin (2013), «Orfeo ed Euridice» at the Wiener Festwochen (2014), «Le Sacre du printemps» at the Ruhrtriennale (2014), «Oedipus Tyrannos» at the Schaubühne in Berlin (2015), «Le Metope del Partenone» at Theater Basel (2015), «Moses und Aron», at the Opéra national de Paris (2015), «Jeanne au bûcher» at the Opéra de Lyon (2017), «Tannhäuser», at the Bavarian State Opera (2017), «The Raft of the Medusa» at the Dutch National Opera (2018), «Salome» at the Salzburg Festival (2018), «Die Zauberflöte» at the Théâtre de la Monnaie (2018) and «Il primo Omicidio» at the Opéra Garnier (2019).
in 2018 her production «In the Village of Winter», inspired by Cesare Pavese’s «Dialogues with Leucò», was premiered at the Festival d'Automne in Paris. She was also responsible for directing and designing «Wry Smile Dry Sob» – a choreographic-musical installation after Beckett’s «Play» at the Landestheater Vorarlberg in Bregenz. In 2019 she directed «Juditha triumphans» by Antonio Vivaldi at Stuttgart State Opera. From 2017 to 2019 she was Associate Artist at the Teatro dell'Arte / Triennale Milano and 2019 at Le Quai d'Angers CND.
In her autobiographical memoir «A Girl’s Story», published in 2016, the French writer Annie Ernaux attempts to understand a deeply formative experience in her own life. What happened to her, a young woman aged 18 at the time, in the summer of 1958? Between fragments of memories, diary entries, letters and decades-old photos, the author undertakes an almost forensic analysis of what happened, its effects and the social frameworks and sexual double standards that grant or refuse entirely different forms of «freedom» to men and women respectively. «A Girl’s Story» shows an almost 80-year-old woman painfully confronting sexual shame, impotence and self-empowerment and is – shortly before the #MeToo movement arose – a touching and highly political document of putting an end to silence.Erinnerung eines Mädchens (A Girl's Story)