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Gender Bender Festival is back in Bologna: which are the colors of gender?

Gender Bender is the International Arts Festival produced by Cassero LGBTI Center of Bologna and partner of Performing Gender project. The festival will run in Bologna from the 24th October to the 3rd November with over 100 events ranging from film showings to theatrical productions and dance performances, visual arts exhibitions, installation, roundtables and conferences, performances by musicians and DJs and clubbing events. 

The main purpose of the festival is to introduce the Italian public to the new imagery related to gender identities, sexual orientations and body representations stemming from contemporary culture. It is a real model of how differences can give a contribution to the construction of a more rich and welcoming society from the human, social and cultural point of view.

This year the Dance section is enriched by the collaboration with the Dutch Performing Arts program, which will support the presence of  Shailesh Bahoran, Guilherme Miotto and Fernando Belfiore, and the French embassy, through Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati, which will contribute to host Severine Coulon, in particular the performance Filles e Soie, about the women's body and Thomas Lebrun, with his work Le roi de la piste. 

Furthermore, the Italian dance dramaturg for Performing Gender Greta Pieropan will coordinate several discussions with some of the choreographers invited during the festival: 

  • Fernando Belfiore - Thursday 1 November, h 20.30, Ateliersi

The Brazilian choreographer and performer Fernando Belfiore has presented his works at major international festivals. With Al13FB<3 he was selected for the Aerowaves Top Twenty 2016. From 2011 he has had an artistic residency at Dansmakers Amsterdam 

  • Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold - Friday 2 November, h 20.00, MAMbo Foyer 

She is a Norwegian dancer and choreographer. As a dancer, she has worked with companies from all over Europe. She is the author of numerous solo works presented in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Holland. 

  • Oona Doherty - Friday 2 November, h 22.00, Arena del Sole 

Oona Doherty has collaborated with the dance theatre T.R.A.S.H. (Netherlands) and Abattoir Fermé (Belgium). With Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus she has won awards at both the Tiger Fringe Festival in Dublin and the Festival of Edinburgh. 

  • Severine Coulon - Saturday 3 November, h 18.00, Teatro Testoni Ragazzi

Actress, Theatre director, and puppeteer, Séverine Coulon was part of the Tro-Héol company from 1998 to 2006, creating the marionette show Il faut tuer Sammy. Since 2006 she has collaborated with the company Bouffou Théâtre à la Coque.

  • Sara Sguotti - Saturday 3 November, h 22.00, Teatro delle Moline

Winner of Choreographic 2017 DNAppunti, Sara Sguotti has collaborated with the company Virgilio Sieni and the Anton Lachky company. In 2016 she co-created the Sa.Ni collective.

To read all the events and know more about this edition of Gender Bender visit the website: