About identy gender and normative gender roles

With Porca Miseria, choreographer Trajal Harrell is challenging deep-seated views about identity, gender and normative gender roles. In a dance language heavily influenced by voguing, Harrell shatters prejudices and gives us new perspectives on age-old stereotypes. For him, Medea’s murder of her own children is a metaphor for a woman liberating herself from the limiting ideal of motherhood and femininity. The Holland Festival and the Compagnietheater are presenting an evening all about goodbyes and rites of passage. How can we shake off the constraints of societal and individual gender roles? Could voguing – which explores different identities in a theatrical way – be a suitable ritual for this? A full evening’s programme about saying goodbye to limitations in order to make space for new ways of being.