Gender, identity and sexual orientation play a key role in our self-esteem and in determining our place in society. A constructive dialogue on gender and sexual orientation is important in a European society which is becoming increasingly complex and diverse. It is a key to understand others.
Performing Gender has invited sixteen artists (choreographers and visual artists) working in the four partner countries to connect with the subject. They have investigated the diversity of images and representation of gender, identity and sexual orientation together with other artists, social organisations, academics, philosophers and those who have direct experience of the issues involved, with the body as the source and carrier of a new piece of artistic work. The research and residency weeks were developed with diverse museums, galleries and other artistic institutions. In February 2014 four artists were invited to attend the research weeks in the Bonnefantenmuseum and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. The final results, four durational works in the Bonnefantenmuseum, were presented at the Dutch Dance Festival in October 2014. The performances were:
I trust in this life we will have another moment alone/ Connor Schumacher
FRANKENSTEIN/ Alessandro Sciarroni
Whowantsmybody....?/ Jordi Cortés
The Intruder/ Oscar Santillan
Performing Gender is a collaborative project involving the Provinciale Arcigay Il Cassero / Gender Bender Festival (Bologna, Italy), the Dutch Dance Days Festival, Paso a 2 Plataforma Coreografica Asociacion Cultural (Madrid, Spain) and Domino / Queer Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia). Partners include MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Bonnefanten Museum and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and het Museo di Arte Contemporanea (MSU) in Zagreb.