The Arts Festival On Gender And Identity In Barcelona
Despite the multiple difficulties derived from the health situation, last year a new festival was born dedicated to the visual and performing arts focused on gender and identity . Its title, Berdache , made reference to some North American Indians known as the two spirits and whose peculiarity was that they had both masculine and feminine behavior patterns.
Several months later it is great news to discover that it is still running and celebrates its second edition, this year in face-to-face format, from today until next Monday the 28th in L’Hospitalet del Llobregat with theatrical, musical, dance and various exhibitions virtual.
Theater and activism
The inauguration takes place tonight with Transits (today, 8pm, Teatre Joventut, 18 euros), a theatrical production that explores the relationships between trans identities and normative ones on both sides of the Atlantic. The work’s objective is that different people who live the trans experience in a diverse way have a space of representation in the symbolic.
The contest will continue in the theater section with Error 404, reality not found (Saturday 26, 18 and 20 h., La Bòbila, 10 euros), of Personaje Personaje and Ken Pollet, two great artists of the ET (Euphoria Travesti) collective. They are two sexual dissidents and activists who propose a meta-theater game: what happens before and behind the theater of the genre because, they say, that the genre is a theater.
Like last year, the sociologist and trans activist Miquel Missé has chosen two different shows that come together under the generic title of Trans / Masculinities / On / Scene (Sunday 27, 6.30pm and 8.30pm, La Bòbila, 12 euros) and that collect two very personal views on the experience of trans masculinity from very different artistic languages and that will include a subsequent dialogue with the audience.
Eloi Martín presents Middleground, about the battles we fight with expectations, how we imprison norms, labels and their pressures. For his part, the screenwriter and comedian Marc Llinàs contributes the monologue M’agraden les grues, which deals with two themes: the taste for these devices and the need to speak in the first person about the fact of being trans without drama.
For his part, Miguel Andrés will do a performance on Tuesday 22 (7pm, Floor One, 5 euros) in which he will experiment with video art exposing his body as the central axis of his research.
Experiences and flamenco
Berdache offers two other scenic experiences. Jorge Dutor and Guillem Mont de Palol offer us # Losmicrófonos (Monday 28, 8pm , Auditori Barradas, 10 euros), an original immersion in pop culture between theater and performance.
They play with dialogues built with names of famous music stars, melodies from their songs and popular phrases from movies to suggest landscapes with which the public can identify, always with an acid look and a sense of humor.
In parallel, the Teatre Joventut will host Un cos (possible) i lesbià (Monday 28, 8 pm, 10 euros), a newly created stage intervention based on Monique Wittig’s text, The Lesbian Body. Consists ina reading of the book , on the translation that Brigitte Vasallo has made into Catalan of the original text, which will be complemented with visuals by the co-director Alba G. Corral and the sound collaboration of Mercedes Peón.
Flamenco will have an important section in this edition with Flamenco Queer meets Vogue (Friday 25, 8 pm, La Bòbila, 12 euros). It is a series of vindictive dialogues through performance, music, aesthetics and scenography, thus rejecting the gender binary so strongly established in society and so associated with flamenco.
It proposes to link flamenco with voguing culture and unite two realities of popular culture that work to reject stereotypes and open ways of expression for the entire LGTBI + community. On Monday 28, Ana Brenes (8:30 p.m., El Pumarejo, 15 euros) opens Camino,which he defines not as a flamenco recital but as a musical monologue.
It is an essay through the artist’s imagination told through flamenco styles together with the guitarist Toni Abellán. In it, the cantaora is sincere writing and composing her own repertoire full of reality, social criticism, self-criticism and poetry.
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The concerts will take place next weekend. On Friday the 25th we will discover Simona ( 9pm , Auditori Barradas, 15 euros), an emerging Argentine artist living in Barcelona who proposes a collage of life itself, a look away from stereotypes and a dialogue between genders that fly without prejudice .
Her latest release, Lluvia , is an electropop thunderbolt that joins the artist’s universe, earning a lot live where she shows all her irrepressible energy.
The poet Mireia Calafell and the cellist and composer Björt Rùnars will present Varosha (Saturday 26, 18:30 and 20:30, Auditori Barradas, 12 euros). It is a hypnotic poetic recital about an old Cypriot tourist enclave, now uninhabited, that allows us to wonder who we are. For this, Calafell uses his sweet and forceful voice to dialogue with the strings, sounds and electronic loops of his partner.
A pop trio and virtual exhibitions
This section will be completed by Las Bajas Pasiones (Sunday 27, 8 pm Auditori Barradas, 10 euros), one of the phenomena of the queer scene in Barcelona. His proposal combines the raw and direct rap of Trusty, the pop melodies and catchy choruses of Edu Libra and the rhythms of Toni Taboo in a shamelessly vital cocktail that mixes the will to live with the vindication and chronicle of marginal lives and some of their songs have become anthems of resistance for the LGTBIQ community.
Finally, you can also visit their virtual exhibitions for free in their Viewing Room . The first is Querness , portraits about freedom and love by the Galician Arden (Ana Prado) and it deals with the will to live, through portraits of people and queer underground communities . The Chinese Han Being shows the shocking Shocking blue , centered on photographs with transgender and androgynous people .
In Not everything was part of the dream , No.yoro (Enric Montejano) and Ignacio Castelli explore the representation of dissident and non-normative masculinitiesthrough illustrations of the homoerotic and pornographic imaginary of social networks.
Scanning myself is a study about the body and one’s own identity through light, a photographic reflection on identity and gender by the self-portraits of the aforementioned Miguel Andrés. Finally, Roger Rossell presents Ich bin nicht du (I am not you) , a series of peculiar self-portraits in which he is always accompanied by naked people. Culture and art to reflect on identity and gender.