A group of children with disabilities gets lost in the woods. Or maybe they were abandoned. Maybe they were chasing a love. Perhaps the woods, one day, just grew around them. Our present tells us: things happen. They surprise us, and all we have to do is to figure out if we can survive them or not.
Chiara Bersani takes her audience and performers on a journey into the underwood of an imaginary forest. In this mysterious environment, sounds and gestures gradually evolve into an independent language. The work builds upon workshops with persons with motor disability. In collaboration with these participants, Bersani investigates how bodies with disabilities can coexist with nature. She continues her in-depth, artistic interrogation of the politics of the body, and asks how self-constructed images interact with social narratives – how bodies dance.
Sottobosco is co-produced by Bunker through an international project Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition that aims to connect Europe’s peripheries through joint artistic actions.


Additional information

Premiere: August 25th 2023 at 7.30 p.m., LGL-Oder pod zvezdami – Mladi levi Festival

Upcoming performances:

Past performances:
June 27th 2023, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy


  • Creation, action, text: Chiara Bersani
  • Action: Elena Sgarbossa
  • Sound, dramaturgy advice: Lemmo
  • Lighting and set designer, technical director: Valeria Foti
  • Costume designer: Ettore Lombardi
  • Dramaturgy: Chiara Bersani, Giulia Traversi
  • Artistic advice: Marco D’Agostin
  • Workshop participants: Tina Cerk, Marja Koren, Mija Pungeršič, Barbara Šamperl, Urša Urbančič
  • Assistant and touring: Simone Chiachiararelli
  • Care and production for workshop: Chiara Boitani
  • Promotion, curatorship, booking: Giulia Traversi
  • Communication and press: Dalila D’Amico
  • Video and photos: Alice Brazzit
  • Logistic, organization, production: Eleonora Cavallo
  • Administration: Chiara Fava
  • Local producer: Anja Vrhovšek
  • Production support: Lea Kukovičič
  • Lighting technitian: Andrej Petrovčič
  • Technical support: Janko Oven, Martin Podrzavnik, Igor Remeta, Duško Pušica
  • Production: corpoceleste c.c.0.0#
  • Co-production: Sardegna Teatro, Bunker, Ljubljana, L’Arboreto Teatro Dimora

Supported by: Evropska unija – program Ustvarjalna Evropa: Kultura, Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition, Muzej za sodobno umetnost Metelkova, Ministrstvo za kulture RS, Mestna občina Ljubljana

Photo by: Nada Žgank