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Queering the Stage debate

  • De Balie, Salon Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen Amsterdam, NH, 1017 Netherlands (map)

13.00 | Debate: Queering the stage

Language: English/Dutch | Free entrance to the debate, short film screening sold separately

The festival’s Queering the Stage program introduces ways of queering the performing arts. How can performing arts crush patriarchy, abolish gender roles, and move beyond the heteronormative axis on an trans-regional level? You are invited to discuss the topics with professionals from diverse cultural fields. Following the debate, three films – ANYA KNEEZ: A Queen In Beirut, Decoding DarkMatter, and Tango Queerido – supply the audience with possible approaches to the topic, focusing on the fields of drag, poetry, theatre and dance. The discussion is moderated by Marcel Heyman.


- Merel Moistra is Philosopher, Psychologist, Mother, Father, Songwriter-Singer, Comedienne, Actress, All round entertainer. Star of the Dutch theater-comedy scene, bearer of the rainbow-flag, the mother of change, self-made woman and more. Must we name it all? Oh yeah, she has been there, done it, and it was well received. A long string of successes that would bore you to tears. Must we include that this extremely successful person is also in the possession of a well-rounded and grounded character? An extremely spiritually guided person, who wants to change the world for the better? Or will this overload of information about her self-evident quality only rub you the wrong way and provoke a raging fit of obvious envious jealousy?

- Brian van Nunen is a transman born in 1976 in the south of the Netherlands. He has written  poetry since 2003, started painting in 2013 while he was waiting for his medical transition from female to male. At first the paintings were on small canvases with cheap paint but after the operation in 2014 when he started to evaluate his life and wanted to become visible, the paintings became bigger and the paint of better quality. Besides working as an artist he also works as office manager at COC Netherlands and is planning on starting Trans United Utrecht in 2018.

- Keren Rosenberg is a Middle-eastern, Amsterdam based performer | maker | movement researcher. Through her works and artistic practice, she seeks to articulate a new physical and social political gaze over the body and the environment it functions in; Hunting for rituals and physicality that can liquidate boundaries between the body and the environment we live in, between our social skin and the primitive body underneath. Questioning queer and social political context from a hetero-fluid perspective, while creating multidisciplinary collaborations with artists from the fields of Photography, Film, Design, Sound and Theory. Keren is also a certified Gaga teacher.

Aleksandr Vinogradov is Karelian film director, who was born in the North of Russia. He moved to Moscow in 2002 where he started to work as a graphic designer. In 2012 graduated the Humanitarian Institute of TV with honors and presented his graduation film “Five Steps of Butoh” about contemporary Japanese dance performed by a Russian dancer. In 2012 he was accepted to a documentary filmmaker’s master program DocNomads where he experimented with a form of his documentary films. Recent works of Aleksandr are mixing classical narrative of storytelling with contemporary and animated elements, both of them are helping to express internal conflicts of films. His latest graduation film “Call Me Chaos”, about a chansonnier who fights for her artistic freedom through her music and lyrics, was premiered at Visions Du Reel in 2016. Since 2015 he is working on a feature documentary “QUEER TANGO GOES TO RUSSIA” about the LGBTQ dance movement in St. Petersburg which is scheduled to be released in 2018.

Earlier Event: December 10
Representing LGBTIQ Refugees + Q&A
Later Event: December 10
Queering the Stage screening + Q&A