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This is the project






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.


Dance makes differences!

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 drove and developed a European dialogue on these themes. Dance, naturally focusing its research on body,  is the perfect artistic language to investigate and shape gender expressions.

How it works

A two years programme

During the first year, 5 dance makers faced together a travelling training programme: theoretical and physical lectures, meetings and exchanges allowed them to dive into the issues of the project. 

The second step was a one-week workshop for 10 young dancers led by each dance maker, in the context of one of the partner festivals. 

The artists

Performing Gender – Dance Makes differences wanted to test a new training model involving different players in the dance industry, building a chain where each of them could work to satisfy their professional needs and grew through the relation with the other groups.

Dramaturgs, dance makers and young dancers around Europe at a turning point of their career.

The European project

The partnership

Performing Gender – Dance Makes Differences has existed thanks to 6 partners in 5 European countries:

Gender Bender Festival (Bologna, Italy), CSC – Center for Contemporary Scene (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)

Performing Gender Journey

Performing Gender – Dance makes differences was co-funded by Creative Europe, the EU programme supporting culture and audiovisual sector, through the 2017-2019 call for cooperation projects.

Performing Gender started its journey between 2013 and 2015 in Bologna, Maastricht, Madrid and Zagreb with the first edition of the project, funded by the EU through the Culture Programme 2007-2013.