The community of Gender Bender and Cassero LGBTI+ Center composed by people from the territory from 20 to 61 years old, interested in gender issues, performing arts and dance practices, with and without dance experience.
Cantieri Meticci – an association from Bologna with strong experience with refugees and marginalized people and they got in touch with them through Salus Space project, dedicated to social inclusion and intercultural welfare.
DAMSLab – a workshop for urban cultural enhancement, activated and managed by the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna.
Crowded Bodies is the dance performance resulting from a shared creation workshop between choreographer Daniele Ninarello and the Bologna community.
A live-collage in which, through movement, each performer generously expresses his/her individuality and offers it to the group. The performers review a multitude of postures, which emerge on them like an intuition born of silence, building a bestiary of postural possibilities to be traversed with one’s own perceptions and in which to recognise oneself. A surrender to letting absorbed personalities and familiar images flow through the body, to which one is recalled and to which one entrusts the story of oneself. In this way, the group explores and exposes its identity, which appears as a collection, scattered and fragmented everywhere. A collective acceleration of all the beats present, in the crowd that in-forms us, renouncing definition in order to blend into the agglomeration of all possible reincarnations.
Crowded Bodies is an intimate quest to connect one’s self to that of those around us, driven by mutual trust and the desire for closeness, acceptance, unity, understanding.
- 18th june 2023 – Bologna, Festival dei Portici (Cassero/Gender Bender Festival)
- 8th august 2023 – ‘s Hertogenbosch, Theaterfestival Boulevard
- 10th october 2023 – Ljubljana, International Festival of Contemporary Arts (City of Women)
- 10th-11th november 2023 – Bologna, Gender Bender International Festival (Cassero/Gender Bender Festival)
Directed and conducted: Daniele Ninarello
Performers: Giulia Amadori, Denise Ania, Agave Barone, Silvia Brazzale, Daniele Chieppa, Annamaria D’Adamo, Giuditta de Concini, Miriana Erario, Helena Falabino, Sara Giordani, Giulia Guadagnoli, Chiara Mannucci, Mauro Meneghelli, Anna Rolfi, Alessandro Tampieri, Pietro Tomasi, Emanuele Tontini, Davide Uccellari, Maria Stella Zangirolami
Inclusion, freedom, lightness, fluidity, warmth, hands, eyes, skin, wind, leaves… and above all great affection and gratitude. And this is only a part of what I carry with me after this long time we spent together. Always beautiful and welcoming community: a mix of knowledge and thankfulness, memory.
Performing Gender was like melting and realising that the more I melted the more I wanted to melt again. Now I feel part of this big body that moves, feels, listens, speaks with every possible nuance and is always looking for new colours. How wonderful to have found a space to simply be, together!
This experience has allowed me to contribute to the creation of a community whose foundations have always been listening, respect and kindness, characteristics that have determined in the whole group a strong sense of belonging, which has kept us together and increasingly bonded* for about two years now. Weeks may go by without meeting, but getting together is always a bit like coming home: our community is a place where we are free* to be as we are.
I bring with me an experience of community and horizontal dance, an attentive, physical and nurturing sociability, essential in the pandemic and post-pandemic period. In the most productive phase of the project, I learn to develop a movement that is sincere, honest and consistent with what I feel and represent.
I felt welcomed and stimulated by the people in the group as well as the artists who led the workshops. I had the opportunity to feel, perceive, listen, share, have fun, learn, play, reflect, question myself, step out of my comfort zone, feel understood, make connections and so much more that perhaps I still cannot verbalise.