FACE Conversations

@ Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)

On the occasion of TRANSaccions cycle, FACE and its member APCC organise a seminar on "Gender & Circus – Who's on stage?" dedicated to gender roles and representations in the contemporary circus and the performing arts.


10:00 Welcome words & introduction

10:30 Lecture by Tiina Rosenberg
Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Stockholm (Sweden). Previously professor of gender studies at the University of Stockholm and Lund and rector of the University of the Arts in Helsinki (Finland).

11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Lecture by Emilie Salamero
University Professor of Sociology conducted a doctoral thesis on the training of circus artists in France (2009). She teaches at the University of Poitiers to future sports professionals and at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès to future professional dancers and circus artists.
13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 18:00 Roundtable discussion on gender issues in contemporary performing arts

Lian Bell: #wakingthefeminists
Set designer and independent cultural manager presenting the initiative advocacting for equality in Irish theatre.

Mercè Espelleta: Projecte Vaca
Association of female artists working in performing arts, founded in 1998 as a meeting point for women to discuss their creative practices.

Other professionals to be confirmed. Live translation (French-English > Catalan-Spanish)

Online registration

TRANSaccions may be described as a collection of shows by significant artists from different moments and times, with divergent languages and common viewpoints, pieces that put the following issues on the table: the performative actions, the perspectives and the place of the body and gender within the context of the action and the social framework. The body is often treated differently, for example in the way it is related to the set and how the latter connects with the audience. More information on the artistic programme here.