Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie.

Gentle Unicorn

Shows - installations

Alone on stage, Itali­an cho­reo­graph­er and dan­cer Chiara Ber­sani explores the fant­ast­ic­al fig­ure of the uni­corn. A del­ic­ate, subtle reflec­tion on the body and otherness.

The uni­corn is sin­gu­lar in the sense that it is a myth­o­lo­gic­al creature without myth, without any­thing to base or jus­ti­fy its exist­ence. As such, it is a blank page on which we can pro­ject all man­ner of mean­ings and affects. In an assert­ive par­al­lel with the notion of the body polit­ic, the idea that each per­son takes respons­ib­il­ity for design­ing the image the world will have of her, Chiara Ber­sani intends to give love, his­tory and choice to a creature that humans have abused: over the cen­tur­ies, she has changed form, fath­ers (from pagan creature to sym­bol of the pope) and mean­ing (magic­al heal­er, guard­i­an of girls’ chastity, defend­er of Cath­ol­ic ideo­logy) until she has become a con­tem­por­ary pop icon. Chiara Ber­sani, a 98cm-tall dan­cer, pro­claims her­self the flesh, muscles and bones of the uni­corn, giv­ing it breath and eyes in a del­ic­ate dia­logue. In so doing, she gives voice to the essen­tial ques­tions that run through the uni­corn: Why do I exist? Am I good or bad? If you found me in your garden tomor­row, what would you do? Where is my love? Her pres­ence on stage, deployed in a series of simple move­ments and ges­tures, is a del­ic­ate and subtle first response.

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Concep­tion and per­form­ance Chia­ra Ber­sani Sound design F. De Isa­bella Light design and tech Vale­ria Foti Lead Tech­ni­cian Pao­lo Tiz­ianel Dra­ma­tur­gy Luca Pon­cet­ta et Gaia Clo­tilde Cher­netih Mo­ve­ment Mar­ta Ciap­pina Con­sult­ant Mar­co D’Agostin Cos­tume design Eli­sa Orland­ini Pro­mo­tion and care Giu­lia Tra­ver­si Com­mu­ni­ca­tion et press Dali­la D’Amico Pro­duc­tion Eleo­no­ra Cavallo Dur­a­tion 40 minutes

Pro­duc­tion Asso­cia­zione Cultu­rale Corpoceleste
Copro­duc­tion : San­tar­can­ge­lo Fes­ti­val, CSC – Cen­tro per la Sce­na Contem­po­ra­nea (Bas­sa­no del Grappa)
with the sup­port of Cen­trale FIES (Dro), Gra­ner (Bar­ce­lone), Car­roz­ze­rie N.o.T. (Rome), CapoTrave/Kilowatt (San­se­pol­cro).
Resi­Dance XL – luo­ghi e pro­get­ti di resi­den­za per crea­zio­ni coreo­gra­fiche azione del­la Rete Anti­cor­pi XL – Net­work Gio­vane Dan­za D’autore coor­di­na­ta da L’arboreto – Tea­tro Dimo­ra di Mondaino.

Where and when

February 2024

  • 21
    ccn de Caen en Normandie 8:00 pm


Tarif unique 8€