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Peggy Olislaegers and Vanessa Kang at Gender Bender Festival in Bologna

Peggy Olislaegers, mentor of Performing Gender project, dance dramaturg and European activist together with Vanessa Kang, coordinator at the Tonic Theatre, will participate at the talk  "Privilege and Responsibility - Gender equality in arts and creative industries" on Saturday 27th October, during Gender Bender International Festival 2018 in Bologna.

In dance white, gay men very often are in power, being teachers, choreographers and artistic leaders of companies, theatres and festivals. Peggy Olislaegers with Vanessa Kang will challenge a panel of male leaders talking about male and white privilege. The conversation is part of the dissemination events of Performing Gender and represents an introduction to the themes of the Bologna workshop, running next December with the dance maker Jija Sohn and dramaturg Greta Pieropan


The conversation "Privilege and Responsibility - Gender equality in arts and creative industries" will take place at 3:00 pm, at Cassero LGBTI Center (via Don Minzoni 18 - Bologna).

Free entry with limited seats, the conversation is in English with the support of an Italian interpreter.  

Gender Bender International Festival, produced by our lead partner Cassero LGBTI Center, started on 24th October and will animate Bologna until the 3rd November. The rich program is full of events (over 100) around all the city. 



Read further to get to know more about the biographies of Peggy and Vanessa.    

Peggy Olislaegers is one of the leading independent dance dramaturges in Europe. Peggy Olislaegers (1966) provides artistic and strategic advice for both choreographers and institutes in the performing arts, working with Dutch National Ballet (NL), Balletto di Roma (Italy), The Place (UK), Ugo Dehaes (Belgium) and Nanine Linning (Germany), amongst others. She co-initiated the European project Act Your Age, and is one of the leading mentors of the European projects Performing Gender and Pivot Dance. Since 2015 she is Artistic Associate of Rambert, Britain’s national dance company. 

Vanessa Kang, born in Singapore, moved abroad to pursue vocational dance training in New York and London. Before joining Tonic Theatre, she spent 8 years dancing at Rambert, performing in theatres and festivals around the UK, Europe and Asia. Whilst at Rambert, Vanessa completed her Psychology degree at the Open University with First Class honors. She has also worked with Stephen Wright Photography since 2014, helping the independent business secure clients in the British sports scene and the performing arts industry. Vanessa is passionate about improving the lived experiences of artists and has used her interest in psychology together with her background in performance to support young BAME dancers.