She’s misunderstood, ignored, abused, and unrequited. Her back is curved, her heart is bruised, her face furrowed, and her mind confused. Martirio is a twenty-four-year-old creature, rather lost amongst adolescent urges, adult responsibilities and childlike tantrums. Jealousy, anger, loneliness, longing. She’s deep, but inexperienced. She’s cruel, but beaten down.
Okay, I must admit it. Articulating Martirio has been draining. In the studio, her sad theme begins in perfect synchroneity each and every time I start dancing, like a little black rain cloud musing the inner turmoil of a sad cartoon character. At home, this cloud follows me still me, lending its shadow for my prolonged discomfort so willingly, I almost want to thank it for the integrity.
That is, until I realize it was actually my characterization affecting me so deeply, at which point I thank my own sincerity, my mother for teaching me to act at a young age (thanks, Mom!), and finally, this final week of Up Close on Hope performances for being nearly complete.
If you’re in the Rhode Island area, there are just a few tickets left…I’d love to have you in the audience to witness the storm.