Performing Gender has been a European dance project running between 2013 and 2015 in four European countries: Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Croatia.
Performing Gender has made use of artistic and cultural tools to open up a civil reflection on gender and sexual orientation differences, seen as sources of values and richness for the whole European society.
Performing Gender’s main aim was to build a European laboratory in which dominant codes and mainstream images in relation to gender and sexual preferences could be questioned and reflected upon, bringing this into the wider community through the universal language of the arts, to develop new images and to collect new insights together. The starting point of this journey was the body of the artist, seen as the ideal cultural medium to research and to portray new identities.
How it worked
Performing Gender invited an international group of choreographers, dancers and visual artists to share a two year voyage of research and training based in different European cities: workshops, residencies and performances have investigated the representations of sexuality and gender, challenging the artists’ identities and calling into question stereotypes and bias.
At the end of this journey, the artists have been asked to produce works to be staged in established and renowned European museums. These museums have opened their institutions and integrated these new works of art and identities as part of their collections.
This research process has been as open as possible: the artists attended public exchanges with the local communities in the partner cities, the audience of the performances has been asked to react, to give feedback and to challenge the dominant views related to sexual roles and gender identities. Audiovisual outputs from all the workshops have toured among the partner cities to disseminate the European dimension of the project, and a final international symposium has evaluated its outcomes.
Most of the outputs of Performing Gender are now available on this website:
– the Calendar page runs through all the steps of the project, linking to the diaries, the photos and the videos produced during our activities;
– the Frames section contains the interviews to our artists;
– the Performances page shows the 17 final works created during the project;
– the Final Catalogue, retracing the whole experience, is downloadable for free.
Performing Gender was a European cultural project
funded with support from the European Union
(Culture Programme 2007-2013)
With collaboration and support from