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 their service that gives life to sound and movement from simple gestures. 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. 

In Zona Martiska, a technological system developed ad hoc generates a new kind of interaction between music, architecture, and the human body. The system comprises a network of wearable devices and a sonar robot that measures different distances in space. Sensors collect real-time information about the building’s conditions and the movement of both performers and audience. These inputs are further translated into sound. Zona Martiska changes with every new performance, depending on how artists and visitors decide to explore the space, generating unique and different sound compositions.

Freely inspired by Andrej Tarkovskij’s film “Stalker”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, a landscape of power unravels, while natural forces and human actions clash.

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


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