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Gender Expressions and the Empowerment of the Bodies in Art and in Sexual Politics

Conveners: Stela Fischer, Margie Rauen, & Letícia Olivares

This work group will analyze and discuss creative processes in which gender relations are the major theme. We intend to narrow our topic by stressing social, political and cultural changes that still need to come about regarding issues of gender and covering the legitimacy of rights among women, homosexuals, inter- and trans- gendered persons, as well as the personal/biographical experience associated with gender expressions in the arts.

Biographies

Stela Fischer is an actress and theater director, having earned her Master of Arts at UNICAMP. She currently teaches at “Universidade Estadual Paulista” (Unesp) and at the “Centro Universitário Belas Artes of São Paulo”. She founded “Companhia Cênica Magna Mater”, which pursues works of performance art, theater and gender related themes since its beginning.

Margie Rauen is Associate Professor of Arts at UNICENTRO, Guarapuava campus, Brazil, where she is a member of the “Territories and Frontiers” research group of ABRACE, and has edited the book A Interatividade, o Controle da Cena e o Público como agente compositor.

Letícia Olivares is an actress and director who has specialized in Dance and Body Awareness. She completed an undergraduate degree in Letters and is working on a Master’s degree in Theater Theory and Practice at the University of São Paulo. She teaches theatre and body expression at ECOS for women with HIV and at CEFID (development of dance therapists).

Participants

Open Working Group