Special Projects



Teatro Arcobaleno

Teatro Arcobaleno (Rainbow Theatre) is a special project dedicated to children and adolescents that use the languages of theater and dance for an education to gender differences.

Teatro Arcobaleno in 2018 won the Eolo Award, as Best Project of the year in the field of Theater for children and teenagers. The project is realized and promoted in partnership by Gender Bender – Il Cassero, La Baracca – Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, ATER – Associazione Teatrale Emilia Romagna, Teatro Comunale Laura Betti di Casalecchio di Reno, Comune di Casalecchio di Reno, ERT – Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, ITC Teatri di San Lazzaro, Compagnia del Teatro dell’Argine, CSGE – Centro Studi sul Genere e l’Educazione del Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Educazione Giovanni Maria Bertin dell’Università di Bologna, LInFA (Luogo per l’Infanzia, le Famiglie, l’Adolescenza), Istituzione Casalecchio delle Culture, Commissione Pari Opportunità Mosaico – ASC InSieme. It is supported by Regione Emilia-Romagna and Comune di Bologna with the patronage of Città Metropolitana di Bologna and by Unicef – Comitato Regionale Emilia-Romagna.




Performing Gender – Dance Makes Differences

Performing Gender is the first step of a special project led by GenderBender Festival and Cassero LGBT Center on the two-year period 2013-2015, together with DutchDance Festival, Paso a 2 – Certamen Coreogràfico deMadrid and Queer Season – Domino. 17 choreographers, performers and visual artists from 4European countries (Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Croatia) shared a voyage of research, training and creation based on the representation of sexual orientations and gender roles in contemporary dance.The aim of the project was to create works which tell of new forms of contemporary identities to a broad European audience, to overcome prejudices and to set up an open dialogue based on differences. The starting point ofthis journey is the body of the artist, seen as the propercultural medium to portray these new representations.Workshops, residencies and meetings challenged a group of choreographers, dancers, performers and visual artists to play with their identities, calling into question certainties and stereotypes. At the end of this journey,the artists produced works to be staged in established and renowned European museums.


Juanjo Arques (Netherlands); Riccardo Buscarini (Italy); Jordi Cortés (Spain); Vlasta Delimar (Croatia); Pablo Esbert (Spain); Silvia Gribaudi (Italy); Cristina Henríquez (Spain); Bruno Isakovic (Croatia); Nina Kurtela (Croatia); Siniša Labrović (Croatia); Poliana Lima (Spain); Jan Martens (Netherlands); Cecilia Moisio (Netherlands); Giorgia Nardin (Italy); Oscar Santillan (Netherlands); Connor Schumacher (Netherlands); Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy)





Performing Gender – Dance Makes Differences

Performing Gender – Dance makes differences is a capacity building programme aimed at enabling a new generation of European dance artists and professionals to develop a new form of narrative for LGBTI identities. Between 2017 and 2019 the project involved 6 festival, 5 dance makers, 5 dance dramaturgs and 50 young dancers, and fostered the exchange of knowledge, skills and tools among them.




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