Following the performances from last season, with the staging at the Teatro Grassi of È bello vivere liberi!, La semplicità ingannata e Il canto della caduta, Marta Cuscunà returns to the Piccolo with a work inspired by Le storie delle Camille by the philosopher and eco-feminist Donna Haraway.
A science-fiction play that explores a near future in which the human race joins forces with other species to save our planet and to once again take (better) care of it. The Earthbounds of the title are, in fact, humans who have been implanted with the genes of creatures destined to become extinct, with the dual aim of conserving the species and overcoming the division between humankind and nature that has characterised the Anthropocene.
“In order to achieve true climatic balance – explains Marta Cuscunà – the Earthbounds aim to reduce the presence of humans on Earth. “Make bonds, not children” is the ethical principle of a new birth-control policy based on bonds of care instead of bloodlines. For the Earthbounds, reproduction is a rare, precious and collective choice, one for which the entire community takes responsibility. This is why at least three parents are assigned to each new life”.
On stage, the Earthbounds come to life through the animatronic creations designed by Paola Villani and inspired by the work of the artist Patricia Piccinini, in a monologue for actresses and puppets that transforms contemporary eco-feminism into a theatrical performance.
Set photos © Guido Mencari
65’ without interval