Dance and gender – 1st part
The fact that dance reflects gendered sociocultural patterns comes as no surprise to anyone who has attended a dance performance or participated in a dance class. Gender studies, women’s studies, queer studies, as well as the sciences and social sciences, have all investigated how gender has played and still play a role in the ways a dancing body is constructed, represented and received. The classes will introduce the participants to multiple representations of gender in dance history as well as the stereotypes it has established, the systems of relations it has organized, and the acts of resistance and subversion it has produced. To introduce and to question this complex imaginary, the classes will focus on two films that are part of the festival’s program this year: Rebels on Pointe by Bobby Jo Hart on the world-famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and Violently Happy by Paola Calvo about a group of postmodern Berliners (among whom the dancer and choreographer Felix Ruckert), looking for new ways of living, loving and experimenting with sexual fantasies.
Susanne Franco is assistant professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice where she teaches dance history and performance studies. Among her main publications are Martha Graham (L’Epos, 2003), Frédéric Flamand (L’Epos, 2004), and many essays on modern and contemporary dance. She has edited the special issue Ausdruckstanz. Il corpo, la danza e la critica (Biblioteca Teatrale, 2006), and, with Marina Nordera, Dance Discourses. Keywords in Dance Research (Routledge, 2007), as well as Ricordanze. Memoria in movimento e coreografie della storia (UTET Università, 2010). She also edited the book series Dance For Word/Dance Forward: Interviste sulla coreografia contemporanea (L’Epos 2003-2011).