Chiara Bersani (Pontenure | Piacenza)



Chiara Bersani takes both her audience and the performers into the SOTTOBOSCO – the undergrowth of an imaginary forest. In this enigmatic habitat, characterised by the experimental sounds contributed by musician Lemmo, by and by, a peculiar language develops from sounds and gestures. In the coalescence of movement, conditions, light points and textures, spaces, at times clear, at times misty, emerge, sometimes very blank, sometimes very spacious, or narrow – a living and audible environment in constant transformation.

From the collaboration with people with motor disability, Chiara Bersani explores how disabled bodies can co-exist with nature, thereby continuing her intense artistic examination of the “Political Body”. She asks: Which movements does a body, that is unable to walk around, carry out? What drives a body to move, if moving itself is an arduous task? And how do autonomously created images interact with social narratives? A voyage to dancing bodies.

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Chiara Bersani is an Italian performer, writer, director, and choreographer. She is mainly active in the fields of performative arts, documentary theatre, and contemporary dance, exploring concepts of the ‘political body’ and its practices in her works. For GENTLE UNICORN, she received the 2019 UBU Prize and First Prize in the Dance Category of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019. She receives the apap – FEMINIST FUTURES support from 2020 until 2024, from a project that receives co-funding from the EU Creative Europe Programme.


Direction & Performance Chiara Bersani | Elena Sgarboss | Lemmo Live Sound & Dramaturgy advice Lemmo Scenography, Lighting Design, Technical Direction Valeria Foti Costume Ettore Lombardi Dramaturgy Chiara Bersani | Giulia Traversi Artistic advice Marco D’Agostin Assistance & Touring Simone Chiachiararelli Workshop Chiara Boitani Communication & Press Dalila D’Amico Promotion & Advisory Board Giulia Traversi Video & Photos Alice Brazzit Production Management Eleonora Cavallo Administration Chiara Fava



Wheelchair accessible

Production & Realization

Production corpoceleste c.c.0.0# Co-Production Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition. Tandem ‘Connecting Dots’ | L’Arboreto Teatro Dimora – Mondainno | Sardegna Teatro | Bunker Ljubliana | Creative Europe | Theaterfestival Boulevard | Carreau du Temple Etablissement culturel et sportif de la Ville de Paris | tanzhaus nrw | Tanzt Im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer | Rosendal Teater | DansIT | Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France | Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER vzw / Arts Centre VIERNULVIER | Snaporazverein | SPIELART Theaterfestival | Fuorimargine Centro di produzione della Danza | Apap – FEMINIST FUTURES Supported by MiC – DIREZIONE GENERALE SPETTACOLO | Centrale Fies | Homo Novus Festival | Santarcangelo Festival im Rahmen von BE PART | Skånes Dansteater | IntercettAzioni - Centro di Residenza Artistica della Lombardia. Project winner at Toscana Terra Accogliente

Residencies Officine Papage – Teatro dei Coraggiosi | Teatro delle Commedie | Teatro Popolare d’Arte