The Voice Of Nature

Maria Lucia Cruz Correia

Voice of Nature - The Trial
Same Same but Different
Fri. 01.03.2019 - Sat. 02.03.2019
Fri 01.03.'19
Sat 02.03.'19

A Restorative Court Unit

'Voice of nature: the trial' is a site-specific court piece, in which we investigate ecocide* and the possibility of making a new proposal for the justice-system.

'Voice of Nature: the trial' experiments with how law and justice can serve the ecosystem by proposing a “new type of court room” and create a new form of trial in which the voice of nature can be heard.
It explores the difficulties of granting personhood to non-humans, or how to make a mountain or a river into a legal entity. The audience is invited into a process of transformation through the realms of fiction, magic and documentary, that can guide them to become law-bearers for nature.

In order to propose a new type of 'verdict' in the form of a restorative contract, we experiment with combining elements from a conventional court, restorative justice practices as well as transformative rituals. In this trial, humans and non-humans come together to find a collective language, focused on inter-being, intersectionality and restoration.

*'Ecocide' is a term referring to the crime of damaging, destructing or annihilating ecosystems, wether by human agency or other. Despite the global reality of it, this crime remains currently unmentioned in the Rome Statute of the international Criminal Court.

About Maria Lucia Cruz Correia

Correia's artistic work speaks her deep engagement for environmental issues. She reacts to the ecological crimes of our times by bringing audiences into a participatory environment that connects the artistic with the voices of scientists, activists and lawyers. Her actions tackle utopian healing by proposing clinical esthetics that unveil human and non-human interconnectivity.

Correia's work is informed by contemporary discourses on the Anthropocene, colonialism of nature, climate change and pollution. Correia proposes participatory articulations by creating temporary autonomous platforms which create moments of disruption and harmony between seemingly disparate bodies of knowledge, cultural traditions, resilience, value systems and social transformation.

Creation winter 2017 to Spring 2019
Premiere March 1st 2019 during Same Same but Different


Concept and direction: Maria Lucia Cruz Correia
Dramaturgy: Ingrid Vranken
Performance: Caroline Daish
Systemic Constellation Navigator: Luea Ritter
Research contribution: Sébastien Hendrickx
Sound Design: Joao Bento
Light Design: Vinny Jones
Video: Mark Pozlep
Advise: Jeroen Peeters, Starhawk
Costume Design: Anne-Catherine Kunz
Legal fact checking: Hendrik Schoukens & Juan Auz
Research documentation: Mark Pozlep & Hana Vodeb
Restorative Justice collaborator: Brunilda Pali
Intern: Maíra Wiener
Technician: Alain Decoen
Production: Tineke de Meyer
Co-Production: Vooruit (B), Kaaitheater (B), Bunker (SL), Workspacebrussels (B), Het TheaterFestival, t-heater & Circuit X (Roel Verniers Prijs 2017)
Produced by: FoAM
Residency&Research: No Lugar (EC), Center for Creative Ecologies /Tj Demos (US),
Artsadmin (UK), BUDA kunstcentrum (BE), WP Zimmer (BE)

With the support of the Flemish Community, Imagine 2020, and Creative Europe Culture.
Thanks to TJ Demos, Polly Higgins, Steven Desanghere, Juliane von Crailsheim, Femke
Widekop, Michelle Maloney, Irena Radmanovic, Bronwyn Lay, Nina Vurdelja, coyote, Eva
Peeters, Monika Meysmans, Ivo Aertsen, Isabelle de Vos.

Francois Houtart: Marxist sociologist and catholic priest
Juan G. Auz Lawyer for human rights and environmental protection
Pablo Barriga: Artist and Professor
Pablo Fahardo: Activist and lawyer of UDAPT
Donald Macayo: Activist and executive member of UDAPT
Patricia Guanliga: Sarayaku leader and international relationships
Franco Viteri: Former president of Sarayaku and CONFENAI
Narcisa Simona Gualinga: Dirigent of Ancient Wise Leaders Sarayaku
Jose Gualinga: Former Leader of Sarayaku
Eriberto Gualinga: activist filmmaker from Sarayaku
Sunshine Rose: Lakota Sioux, Standing Rock
TJ Demos: Art historian and cultural critic
Polly Higgins: Scottish advocate and expert in ecocide

with the support of