Maria Lucia Cruz Correia has been collaborating with the Mladi Levi festival and Bunker for several years through the Imagine 2020 network, which has grown over the years from a network that sought to connect ecology and art with the common goal of raising awareness about climate change into a network that seeks to think in a more intersectional way, and – despite focusing on environment – is trying to think better (or less terrible) future through art, as well as to act. Cruz Correia’s work is not only located at the intersection of activism and art, but also extends to the fields of philosophy, ritual practices, intervention …

Voice of Nature: the Trial is the result of a long research process in which the artist didn’t remain an observer, nor did she attempt to maintain distance, but delved into struggle and suffering. This performance doesn’t allow the audience the comfort of an observer – they become participants in a performance which is openly trying to establish ecocide as a crime and tries to introduce a different understanding of nature. Cruz Correia asks herself how to transform a mountain or a river into a legal entity, how to grant personhood to non‑humans? Instead of conventional judgements, she experiments with restorative justice practices and transformative processes. The ecocide is still not recognized as a crime in most countries and in international law.

(Portugal, Belgium)

  • Concept and direction: Maria Lucia Cruz Correia
  • Dramaturgy: Ingrid Vranken
  • Performance: Caroline Daish
  • Participating experts: Senka Šifkovič Vrabica, Rok Kranjc
  • Systemic constellation navigator: Luea Ritter
  • Research contribution: Sébastien Hendrickx
  • Sound design: Joao Bento
  • Lighting design: Vinny Jones
  • Video: Mark Požlep
  • Advise: Jeroen Peeters, Starhawk
  • Costume design: Anne-Catherine Kunz
  • Legal fact checking: Hendrik Schoukens, Juan Auz
  • Research documentation: Mark Požlep, Hana Vodeb
  • Restorative justice collaborator: Brunilda Pali
  • Intern: Maíra Wiener
  • Technician: Alain De Coen
  • Producer: Tineke de Meyer
  • Co-production: Bunker, Ljubljana, Vooruit, Kaaitheater, Workspacebrussels, Het TheaterFestival, t-heater & Circuit X (Roel Verniers Prijs 2017)
  • Produced by: FoAM
  • Residency and research: No Lugar, Center for Creative Ecologies /Tj Demos, Artsadmin, BUDA kunstcentrum, WP Zimmer

With the support of: Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, Mestna občina Ljubljana, Flemish Community, Imagine 2020, EU – program Ustvarjalna Evropa Kultura, Javni sklad za kulturne dejavnosti

Thanks to: Sarayaku community, UDAPT, TJ Demos, Polly Higgins, Steven Desanghere, Juliane von Crailsheim, Femke Widekop, Nina Vurdelja, coyote, Monika Meysmans, Ivo Aertsen, KU Leuven Institute of, Criminology (LINC)


Duration: 120 minutes

The performance is in English, Slovene summary will be available.


29. 08. 2019


19:00 - 21:00


1 €


City Hall