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A great story to tell.




From this page you can easily reach, read and watch all the Performing Gender – Dance Makes Difference resources for professionals in the fields of gender and dance: conversations among artistic directors, dance makers and dramaturgs, programmes & video about the activities, and more.

The five conversations

The Performing Gender – Dance makes difference protagonists had the opportunity to live two intense years exploring dance & gender themes.

  • 5 weeks organised by local partners to train the dance makers,
  • 1 dramaturg residency facilitated by Peggy Oligslaeders,
  • 5 meetings among partners organisations,
  • 5 workshops designed by dance makers & dramaturgs couples to challenge young dancers.

What is their opinion about the experience? 

“You already bring everything you need into the room, without thinking too hard and planning, things will naturally come out” 

Sophie Unwin, dance maker, UK


“I do not like the idea of the dramaturge as the first spectator. After all, we all watch, and everyone sees what he sees. I prefer to see myself as a co-creating dramaturge”

Nina Aalders, dance dramaturg, The Netherlands

All the activities

The training weeks


“The choreographer and the dramaturge proposed the idea of ‘focusing on similarities rather than differences’, which was a very fresh and exciting perspective for me to be able to relate to others firstly as a human being, and only then as a person with a gendered body”.

Giacomo Pini, Dancer, London

The workshops

"Why on earth should we talk about gender?"



During the Performing Gender – Dance Makes Differences closing event, April 2019, in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) there were two special guests!

Watch the full conversation with Yasmeen Godder (Israeli Dance Artist) and Nora Chipaumire (Dance Artist from Zimbabwe living in NYC) facilitated by Peggy Olislaegers.

An open discussion from multiple perspectives: personal research, creations, experiences, and practices…