Performing Gender is a European project that takes a critical look at the politics of gender and sexuality using dance and performance tools. Bodies and their multiple gender inscriptions are the subject of exploration and experimentation by a group of artists that, over the course of one year, have carried out their research by touring around different European institutions.
For one week in July, four choreographers – Silvia Gribaudi and Giorgia Nardin from Italy, Bruno Isakovic from Croatia and Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld from Spain – return to the Museo Reina Sofía to set up a creative residency that will culminate, on 18 and 19 July, in the presentation of durational pieces across diverse spaces inside the Museo.
Silvia Gribaudi is a choreographer and performer from Turin, Italy. Her performances include: Unattimo (2008, shortlisted for Anticorpi Explo), A Corpo Libero (the Audience Award and Jury Award at the GD´A Veneto 2009), Spring and Wait. In 2012 she participated as a choreographer with Sharon Fridman for Inner and in residency for the Festival de Danse et des Arts Multiples in Marseille. In Italy she has been creating various community projects for social inclusion.
Giorgia Nardin was born in Venice in 1988 and began her ballet training at a very young age, before studying for three years at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (UK). He first solo Dolly was finalist at the GD´A Prize 2012 and was selected to be performed as part of the DNA/RomaEuropa Festival 2012. Dolly was also selected to be performed as part of the Italian Showcase in the Dance Base Fringe Festival – Edinburgh 2013.
Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld was born in Madrid. His 2011 piece, Edit, was the only work from Spain selected in 2012 for Aerowaves. Pablo develops his musical creativity by composing the large majority of the music in his pieces and videos and also works as a musician. As a performer he has worked for companies such as Alias (Geneva), Philippe Siare (Lausanne) and Christoph Winkler (Berlin).
Bruno Isakovic graduated in contemporary dance from the Amsterdam School of the Arts in 2009. While he collaborates with different choreographers, he also creates his own performances. He works as a guest lecturer at the Bilgi University of Performing Arts in Istanbul and runs workshops in Croatia and the surrounding areas. He received the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Deinst-Stipendienurkunde (2010) and the Jury Award and Award for Best Solo at the Solo Dance International Festival in Budapest.
Amy Bell is a contemporary dance performer, choreographer and teacher. She trained at the London Contemporary Dance School, and has created series of duets with Valentina Golfieri and performed for Tino Sehgal, Maresa von Stockert, Conor Doyle and Giorgia Nardin, among others. Amy lectures in Critical Studies, Choreography and Technique and is involved in the Performing Gender project as official writer and diary keeper.
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