From Mother to Mother from Body to Body Tracing the Origin of Being
14:30 - 16:00
In the established order by patriarchy, man is put as head of the household and on the basis of that, daughters are separated from mothers to be relocated into the husband's genealogy. As Luce Irigaray has shown our culture's origins are anchored in a matricide; matrilineality is completely canceled and lost forever, through a sort of displacement that affects and transforms not only the relationship between daughter and mother, but our whole society; the effects of this displacement such as male cultural colonization, cultural homogenization, male domination are materially embedded in our body, and are passed on from one family member to another from generation to generation.
Nevertheless, there is a mother's lineage in each family although we tend to forget it. Getting in touch with it means being in contact with the “material life” on which depends the possibility to establish a true and profound interaction-relation with our living world and to take roots into Being itself. Inspired by Luce Irigaray, Luisa Muraro, Bell Hooks, and Adrienne Rich, my proposal is an attempt to bring out this possibility, involving the participants in a research process to access the body memory where the seeds of this uterine kindship rest.
After graduation from Federico II University of Naples, where she had majored in Italian Literature, Gabriella Zeno graduated in Corporeal Mime from I.C.R.A Project (Italy). Later, she focused her research on Physical Theatre training with Ana Woolf, Natalie Mentha, Christina Castrillo, and the whole Odin Teatret company. In addition, she expanded her knowledge of movement by studying Butoh Dance with the Italian dancer Silvia Rampelli and with the Japanese masters Akira Kasai and Masaki Iwana. Among the events she took part in: the 13festivalen- Festival of Performance Art- at Konstepidemin Gallery in Götheborg, Sweden, the 7° IDOCDE Symposium 2019 at ImPulsTanz -Vienna International Dance Festival- Austria, the International Festival of Making Theater 2018, in Athens, Greece, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 in Scotland, the Odin Week Festival in Holstebro, Denmark 2015, the Magfest - the International Festival of Women in the Contemporary Theatre - in Turin, Italy, (2010 and 2011).
She participated in the Ponderosa Dance Residency 2017, in Stolzenhagen, Germany, and in the Residency Program 2018 at the Centre for Creative Activities - Baltic Gallery of Contemporary art – in Słupsk, Poland.