Chiara Bersani
Seeking Unicorns

Dansehallerne is so proud to present the award-winning Chiara Bersani during OPENINGS, our new expansive festival for dance. OPENINGS is the very first event in Dansehallerne’s brand-new venue in the Carlsberg City District.  

With the performance Seeking Unicorns, Itali­an cho­reo­graph­er and dan­cer Chiara Ber­sani explores the fant­ast­ic­al fig­ure of the uni­corn, offering a delicate and subtle reflection on the body and otherness.  

The unicorn is unique in the sense that it is a mythological creature without a myth to found and justify its existence. It serves as a blank canvas onto which we can pro­ject all man­ner of mean­ings and emotions. Drawing a strong parallel with the notion of the body politic – the idea that individuals shape the world’s perception of themselves – Chiara Bersani aims to give a love, a history, and a choice to a creature that humans have used and abused: Over the cen­tur­ies, the unicorn has changed form, origin (from pagan creature to sym­bol of the pope), and mean­ing (magic­al heal­er, guard­i­an of girls’ chastity, defend­er of Cath­ol­ic ideology) until becoming a con­tem­por­ary pop icon.  

In Seeking Unicorns, Chiara Ber­sani, 98 cm tall, pro­claims her­self the flesh, muscles and bones of the uni­corn, giv­ing it breath and eyes. In doing so, 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? Chiara Bersani’s pres­ence on stage, deployed in a series of simple move­ments and ges­tures, is a delicate and subtle first response. 


OPENINGS is Dansehallerne’s new, expansive festival for dance. With the festival, we open up for top-class international performances and strong national talents. For a wide spectrum of dancing bodies: older bodies, smaller bodies, bodies of different shapes and colors. For the iconic and the surprising. For other perspectives. OPENINGS celebrates the joy of dance and makes dance accessible to everyone. 

Annual pass holders and members have been notified directly about limited ticket capacity and thus booking. Booking is still possible for all performances, and as always, it is on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the artist: Chiara Bersani is an Italian performer and author active in the fields of performing arts, research theatre and contemporary dance. As an interpreter and director / choreographer she moves through different languages and visions, touring her work internationally. Her research as an interpreter and author is based on the concept of the ‘Political Body’ and the creation of practices aimed at training its presence and action. Her piece Gentle Unicorn is the manifestation of this research which won Bersani the UBU Award (Italy) for best new actress / performer under 35. In August 2019 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Gentle Unicorn also won first prize in the dance category of the Total Theatre Awards.

Reviews: “Bersani performs a tender and powerful story through expressive movement, she invites us into her world – and we willingly follow. Beguiling and beautiful show!” FringeReview, 2019 “With big questioning eyes she approaches the audience, creating an intimate closeness, demanding direct eye contact, an acknowledgment of her existence. One by one the faces she approaches light up. It is a beautiful human experience.” Springback Magazine, 2019

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Chiara Bersani


Seeking Unicorns




  • 8.914:00
  • 8.918:00


40 minutes


Dansehallerne, Franciska Clausens Plads 27, 1799 København V


Creation and action: Chiara Bersani. Sound design: F. De Isabella. Technical director: Valeria Foti. Stage manager: Paolo Tizianel. Dramaturgical advice :Luca Poncetta, Gaia Clotilde Chernetih. Moving coach: Marta Ciappina. Artistic Advisor: Marco D’Agostin. Styling: Elisa Orlandini. Producer: Eleonora Cavallo. Administrative advisor: Chiar Fava. Diffusion and care: Giulia Traversi. PR and communication: Dalila D’Amico. Photography: Roberta Segata, Courtesy of Centrale Fies. Production: Associazione Culturale Corpoceleste. Co-production: Santarcangelo Festival, CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa). With the support of: Centrale FIES (Dro), Graner (Barcellona), Carrozzerie | N.o.T. (Roma), 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.

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Thank you to the funds for generously supporting OPENINGS.