An international company of choreographers and visual artists will be working in Maastricht from 24 February to 3 March as part of the international project Performing Gender.
Performing Gender is a European dance project which aims to question stereotypes of sexual preference, identity and gender by means of dance and visual art. In Maastricht, Jordi Cortés (choreographer, Spain), Nina Kurtela (multi-disciplinary artist, Croatia), Alessandro Sciarroni (visual artist and choreographer, Italy), Connor Schumacher (choreographer, the Netherlands) and Oscar Santillan (Ecuadorian artist working in the Netherlands) will start to investigate the diversity of images relating to the subject. The result of this research will be a series of new dance solos and pieces which will be premiered at the 17th Dutch Dance Festival in October 2014.
The Dutch Dance Festival, one of the originators and partners in this international project, will be working closely with the Van Eyck academy and the Bonnefantenmuseum. A ‘first draft’ of their work will be performed by the artists for a limited audience in the Bonnefantenmuseum on 27 February.
Performing Gender is a European collaboration between Provinciale Arcigay Il Cassero / Gender Bender Festival (Bologna, Italy), Paso a 2 Plataforma Coreografica Asociacion Cultural (Madrid, Spain), Domino / Queer Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia) and the Dutch Dance Days Festival. Other renowned art institutions in each country are also involved, such as the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Musea d’Arte Moderna in Bologna.
Performing Gender is inviting a total of 18 choreographers and visual artists who work in the four countries to take part. Performing Gender is a European dance project which aims to question stereotypes of sexual preference, identity and gender by means of dance and visual art. Stereotypes will be exploded and new images created. The body of the artist is the ideal medium with which to undertake research into, and to express, a new identity.
Local, national and international partners will be working together on this project, and the artists will be putting their questions to, and sharing their observations with, scientists and ordinary people with first-hand experience. From the Netherlands, the choreographers Jan Martens, Cecilia Moisio, Connor Schumacher and Juanjo Arques will be working on the project as well as the visual artist Oscar Santillan.