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GEA by Martina Spertino. Special Jury Mention.

Updated: May 17


Gea is an interdisciplinary performance that has as its main theme the violence and ferocity of man on life, understood as a close and indissoluble correlation between nature and the female figure. The violation of spirituality, of the intimate essence of a woman, of a woman's body is in this performance staged through a close similarity with the drama of pollution and environmental exploitation. In both, the perception of violence perpetrated against those who give life is under the skin, present and often ignored. Gea is inspired by the current social and environmental condition in my country and in the world. The constant ferocious, domestic femicides, the social crisis that spreads and insinuates itself into people's daily lives, destroying everything for years, the total absence of spirituality in the mass of tired workers seems to have become normal. Haste has taken over and we are blind to the destruction we are creating inside and outside of us. But in the silence of the remote waters of the liminal borders of our world a mother screams. A violated young girl kicks and squirms, victim of the man's blind wrath. The forces of the earth are released and remind us that creation is just another side of the coin, on the other, destruction. The climate crisis suddenly becomes the most important news and while the Amazon burns I understand that the time is up. The glaciers have melted and we will drown in our own error, victims and executioners of ourselves, blind and miserly, matricides. Gea is drowning.



A young girl plays the role of the earth, after millennia of equilibrium man looms and from companion he becomes executioner, the waters from which she was born will become the black of pollution in which she will perhaps drown.


From the spilled blood of a woman, the power of the matrons and witches of the past comes out, centuries of secrets handed down in a whisper.


A violated young girl kicks and squirms, victim of the man's blind wrath. The forces of the earth are released and remind us that creation is just another side of the coin, on the other, destruction.



On stage, a solo performer.


Gea does not die, she transforms. And what comes out of the slime is the dark side of the moon.





ABOUT THE ARTIST




Martina Spertino

Martina Spertino is an italian singer and performer based in Asti, Italy.


She begins to develop performance art concepts thanks to the Teatro della Crescita, from 2013 to 2016, where Paola Tomalino and Tommaso Rotella supported her first artistic steps. She collaborates with the cinema engineering department of the Polytechnic of Turin in 2017.


She trained first at the "Giuseppe Verdi" conservatory in Asti, then at the Gypsy Musical Academy in Turin. Later with the renowned vocal coach Cherly Porter and Erika Biavati and recently in Lizard Academie Musicali under the guidance of Alex Saitta. She studies piano with Carlo Gaudiello.

Thanks to an intense experience in Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome in 2018 with talented teachers such as Ejana Popova, Mirella Bordoni and Giancarlo Giannini and various theatrical projects including Teatro degli Acerbi, she has perfected her physical impact on the scene and how to communicate it to others.


On stage she plays, sings and expresses herself. With more than 8 years of experience in the field of musical and artistic staging, Martina counts more than 30 concerts and national participation in projects, workshops, and stages.


Her performative path has its roots in the artistic mix of body and sound, the result of continuous and lasting research over time.


In 2021 she will be the author and interpreter of the Gea performance, destined to debut in TUO TUO Kulttuuri Tila & Residency, Joutsa, Finland.

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