9 Performing Gender local communities are dancing in your shoes!
Partners and Dance Makers engaged hundreds of different people in a community building process.
Artistic co-creation and co-production the tools to explore and reflect on gender issues.
Each partner was involved in establishing a strong connection and a deep relationship with members of heterogeneous and blended communities.
How have we brought together dance, gender, personal stories and different backgrounds and knowledge?
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To me dancing always been together with/to music.
Our choreographer Sindri Runudde tought me how to dance without,sometimes only to our voices, feelings,and memories.
“Movement with others can be transformed into the most beautiful music”.
We had a workshop with Drag theme with Sofia Södergård, she led me and the group in to the feeling of being yourself and somebody else at the same time.
We also had a workshop with Danielle Ninarello he had a super creative way to teach dance dance that can make you heal
The calmness I had after that workshop I want to experience again.
I had the greatest time in this project with my group they are all amazing and when this project is over I will continue perform with them ”on the stage in my mind”.
Hugs and kisses to everybody in DIYS
When I started in PGDIYS, I was afraid and shy to show my self and my body in the group of others. Especially if someone was watching me. The trusting guiding of Sofia and Sindri and Daniele Ninarello, encouraged me to express and show my inner self through true movement from my heart. I have grown so much. "Rooted dancemaker" taught me selfconfidence in my bones and skin, and together with the dancegroup of other brave and vulnerable participants I dared myself to go out there and show the inside in the moving of my body. "Travelling dance maker" made me believe I could go from dead flesh to the world of the living. Thank you so very much Everyone! I now trust my feelings and let my body be a direct language to myself and to show the world with pride.
At first I was worried that Sofia Södergård, whom I felt safe with, would leave. Now I see that it has been positive with different dancemakers. They work in different ways and have given me different perspectives on what dance can involve. I have felt excited and curious about the visiting choreographers. Daniele's small, small rhythmic movements to wake up the body (and for people with Parkinson's disease) felt nice. The choreographer from Thailand really gave a completely different image of dance, precise, controlled and demanding on the body's joints. In my dance group, the feeling has been that we are generous and encouraging towards each other. We are not competitors or contestants. There have been many emotional and physical experiences when doing exercises in small groups or in pairs. The greatest experience is the commitment of everyone to make the performance Vingel (Wobble) as good as possible.
I challenged myself by joining the project. I felt a bit anxious and insecure before the first meetings, but that soon subsided and turned into longing for the next meeting and real moments of joy. Sometimes it was like entering a bubble with the other participants, a safe world where we strengthened each other and shared feelings and insights, unique and so valuable. I am grateful to be part of DIYS.
We wanted to fight
Trust and security are two crucial elements in the development of a community that includes those people who have normally been marginalised, discriminated against. The aim was to build relationships of trust, safe spaces in which people could express themselves freely and conquer the spaces they have always been denied.
Long term engagement
A challenge was to build communities that last over time and space to make sure that people continue to be part of the project. On the part of cultural organisations, at the end of the EU project, there is certainly a need for fundraising efforts in order to support activities.
Open discussion about gender issues
Sometimes it is difficult to talk about gender issues with young people.
Some people may not feel comfortable with others who are not part of their “group”, already identified as a community. The challenge was to prove that mixing different groups is possible and enriching.
One of the aims of the activities wasto reach out to outsiders, those people who have never been interested in addressing the project’s issues and who were not connected to Performing Gender’s cultural partner organisations.
Artists, Audience developers, Artistic directors:
How to co-design processes? What have been the key aspects taken into account?
All of them face a huge experience in community dance practices with non-professional dancers but also with people who have never practised dance. Not only that, they are all artists who have a certain sensitivity to gender issues.
They actively participated in the workshops, on an equal footing with the other participants. Not only to break down hierarchical principles and power relations but also to understand people’s needs and barriers.
They participated in moments of confrontation and discussion rather than practices in order to keep an overview and coordinate artistic production processes.
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