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Shame
dance against violence

Shame. This is what prevents the victims from denouncing their perpetrators, that makes them live in psychological subjection, with feelings of being guilty and unable to ask for help.
The choreography is meant to represent the figure of Artemisia Gentileschi, the famous woman painter inspired by Caravaggio who became a symbol of the fight against violence towards women because of her courage with which in 1612 she brought to trial her rapist Agostino Tassi, a family friend.
The eight dancers of the Company give life to an emotional and lyrical
journey in this painter’s life, by gracefully proposing a consideration upon a social phenomenon once again of utmost sad actuality.
With coherence to his neoclassical style, in his continuous search for an absolute beauty of lines, Alberto Canestro evokes the crudeness of the history without morbidity, by filtering and sublimating it into a strong and exciting narration.
The message of art, as the highest expression of humanity, is always a
message of peace and beauty against any kind of brutality.
Artemisia will eternally witness the female revenge upon the violence
of men through the genius of her art.

"An engagement which I have been pursuing for some years to help raising awareness in a wider audience on the issue of gender violence, with the opportunity of the anniversary on November 25 of the "International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women ", to spread the rejection of all forms of violence, to make the victims feel less alone, to create around them a solidarity and a widespread understanding which can give them the courage to tear away the veil of shame that often makes these stories invisible until their tragic epilogues."