Andrea Salustri












We use it every day without a second thought, the most common form of plastic – polystyrene.

In this remarkable piece of visual theatre, Andrea Salustri explores its possibilities to the point it becomes alive and protagonist of the events on stage. As an almost unseen animator he shows how we engage with objects, allowing them their own performing artistry, creating magic in front of our eyes. No narrative or weighty metaphors here, just extraordinary sensory evocations. You have to see it to believe.

Now based in Berlin, Italian born Andrea Salustri trained as a juggler in Rome before studying dance and choreography in Berlin. A Laureate of the circusnext European Circus Label, Materia was a hit at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

‘All the polystyrene used during the performances of MATERIA will be collected and transported back to Berlin, where the company is based, to be composted by worms called Zophobas Morio. These worms possess bacterial enzymes in their gut that biodegrade polystyrene, making them able to digest it’ Andrea Salustri


Show Duration: 55 minutes
Audience Suitability: 6+
Stage Size: Min. 10m wide x 9m deep / Height clearance of 5m
Original version and adaptations: Adaptations, excerpts, and site specific reformulations of the performance for smaller or alternative venues, museums, and galleries, are possible.
Venue Capacity: up to 350
Touring Party: 2

Carolina Ortega



Creation & Performance: Andrea Salustri
Lighting Design & Technical Direction: Michele Piazzi
Technical Team: Andrea Parolin, Andreas Harder
Sound Design:
Federico Coderoni
Original Music: Ah! Kosmos, Federico Coderoni
Creative Advisors: Kalle Nio, Roman Müller, Darragh McLoughlin, Alex Lempert, Benjamin Richter, Matthias Buhrow, Mariagiulia Serantoni
Co-production: PERPLX
Residencies: Espace Périphérique – La Villette, La Maison des Jonglages, Cirqu'Aarau, Katapult, Zirkusquartier Zürich, La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne, kunstencentrum BUDA, PERPLX
Further support: circusnext European Platform co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, CHAMÄLEON Productions, Cirqu'Aarau, circus re:searched, Berlin Senate Department for Culture & Europe, TelepART programme of the Finnish Institute in Germany


“He is a very meticulous, precise, and necessarily devious author, who knows how to manipulate, through our fascination for the object, much more than objects, us.”
Jean-Michel Guy