performance | 50 min | 2019

Zona Martiska is a journey into the unexplored architecture of the greenhouse of Castello de la Mandria, one hour away from Torino. Three dancers and one sonar robot guide the audience to explore the space, generating a constantly changing soundscape. Technology is an investigative tool in the service of performers, hyper-human machines that give life to music and dance in a single gesture. The performers lead the audience through a hybrid choreography in a space that was a former breeding ground for superior female horses and an unfinished greenhouse project. Zona Martiska is a world in a bubble where reality and fiction mix, while the body gets deconstructed in the architectural heritage. The space becomes resistant and a landscape of power unravels. In Zona Martiska natural forces and human actions clash.


An immersive and collective work that explores the intersection between digital technology and performing art, in order to develop new relationships between existing technologies and the creative process. A technological system developed ad hoc generates creates a new kind of interaction between music, architecture, and the human body. The system comprises a network of wearable devices worn by the performers and a sonar robot that measures different distances in space. Sensors collect real-time information about the conditions within the space and the movement of the performers and the audience. These inputs are then translated into sound. The show changes each time is performed, based on how artists and visitors decide to explore the space, returning each time to a unique and different output.

Zona Martiska is freely inspired by the film “Stalker”, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.  The public becomes an active part of the piece and the piece itself reacts depending on how visitors decide to explore the space. The technological system enables the communication between the space and the inhabitants, reacting to their movements to create a unique soundscape. Through a seamless technological interaction, the users are engaged in the co-creation of a site-specific transmedia piece.

The Zone is a very complicated system of traps, and they’re all deadly. I don’t know what’s going on here in the absence of people, but the moment someone shows up, everything comes into motion… That’s the Zone. It may even seem capricious, but it is what we’ve made it with our condition. Everything that’s going on here depends not on the Zone, but on us!

“Stalker”, Andrej Tarkovskij

The makers

An idea developed by Chiara Borghi, Denise Aimar, Gianluca Bargis, Mattia Fusaro, Luca Giacolini, Antonella Zeverino

Choreography Simona Deaconescu

Performers Lucia Mazzoleni, Kadri Sirel, Camilla Soave

Sound composition Gianluca Bargis

Technological system Rajan Craveri

With the collaboration of Lucia Carolina De Rienzo, Cristiana Candellero

Press office Veronica Pitea

Dedicated to Francesco Fossati


November 2019 in Castello de la Mandria, Torino


Zona Martiska is a project promoted by Coorpi, realized with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo in the context of “ORA!X Strade per creativi under 30” and developed in residence at the Lavanderia a Vapore – Centro della Residenza della Danza, with support of the Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo.

By concession of Regione Piemonte

Under the patronage of Ente di gestione Parchi Reali

Powered by IDG SPA Electrical supplies

Lighting SIRTE of Aimar

With the support of Paratissima Art Fair

Photos KLAK – stories for artists

Prints by Typographical Archive

Special thanks to Francesca Gambetta, Stefania Crotta, Ilaria Tusino, Andrea Suman, Claudio Macrì, Valentina Tibaldi, Eduardo Viviani, Davide Tomatis, And WHAT IF, Loredana Aimar, Domenico Conte, Andrea Magro, Luigi Tozzi, Galla Vallée