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Performing Gender – Dance makes differences

Performing Gender – Dance makes differences. is a capacity building programme aimed at enabling a new generation of European dance artists and professionals to develop a new form of narrative for LGBTI identities.
Citizens in different parts of Europe live today in dramatically diverse contexts of social and cultural recognition. European citizens, depending on where they were born, grown and where they are living, they face gender and sexual orientations issues in different ways. Performing Gender wants to drive and develop a European dialogue on these themes. Dance, naturally focusing its research on body, is the perfect artistic language to investigate and shape gender expressions.
The project also wants to test a new training model involving different players in the dance industry, building a chain where each of them can work to satisfy their professional needs and grow through the relation with the other groups. Dramaturgs, dance makers and young dancers around Europe at a turning point of their career. During the first year, 5 dance makers face together a traveling training programme: theoretical and physical lectures, meetings and exchanges allow them to dive into the issues of the project. The second step is a one-week workshop for 10 young dancers led by each dance maker, in the context of one of the partner festivals.

Project coordinator: Gender Bender - Cassero LGBT Center, Bologna (Italy).
Partners: CSC di Bassano del Grappa (Italy), City of Women (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Theaterfestival Boulevard (‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands), Paso a 2 – Certamen Coreogràfico de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), Yorkshire Dance (Leeds, UK).


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