Utrecht Looking forward to What You See

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It’s almost time for the groundbreaking What You See Festival to start in your very own Utrecht.


With no less than two Dutch and one world premieres, various artists will show their personal take on a celebration of diversity during What You See Festival. The brand new What You See celebrates the diversity of gender, questions norms about feminine and masculinity and offers alternatives in a challenging program where the urgency and the fun splashes.

As reported before, What you See will take place from 23 to 25 November at various locations here in Utrecht.

The Dutch premiere of The Forecast by Amy Bell will officially open the festival  on 23 November when it can be seen outside the United Kingdom for the first time. The British dancer, choreographer and theatre maker Amy Bell made this intelligent and humorous solo performance from her desire to see more women like herself on stage.

“The Forecast started when I was asking, why is sexuality so rarely included or invited into my dancing? into the absurd, the comical, the poetic. ” – Amy Bell

The performance takes place on Friday, Nov. 23 20.00 at Theater Kikker.

Foto: Pari Naderi

You will be able to see another Dutch premiere with  71BODIES 1DANCE by Daniel Mariblanca. In this performance he asks the audience, What does it mean to be transgender? To be in the closet? To get out?

Taken from his personal desire to share his experiences about his transition from woman to transman, the Spaniard Daniel Mariblanca interviewed 71 transgenders from all over Europe.

71 BODIES 1DANCE, tells their stories about fear, doubt, relief and liberation. One body on the empty stage shows vulnerability, strength, shame, pleasure and empowerment. A moving and firm statement about the position of transgender people in 2018. Again, showing at Theater Kikker on Saturday 24 Nov. 9.30 pm.

Utrecht will see a World premiere with  Fight 1 / Or Die Trying by Alida Dors.

On Friday afternoon the dance solo Fight 1 / Or Die Trying by choreographer Alida Dors premieres during the What You See Symposium. Alida who has danced for stars like Usher and P. Diddy is now focused entirely on making her own choreographies. After a few years absence, she is now on stage again, from a deep necessity to have her own voice as a black female artist heard. So, especially for What You See, she has made Fight 1 / Or Die Trying in which she tells how her father stirred up her fighting spirit through kickboxing.

On Friday, November at 3.30 pm, Het Huis Utrecht welcomes Simon (e) van Saarloos, writer, philosopher and activist, who brings a text specially made for the What You See Symposium about why some bodies are freer than others in the public space that should be free for all of us.

The exhibitions NON-BINAIR and Inner Journey can be seen for the first time at What You See Festival, and they will also be premiering the movie Good Manners.

What You See Festival takes place from 23 to 25 November 2018 at various locations in Utrecht. For the complete programme, visit here.

What You See Festival 2018 has come into being in co-production with Theater Kikker and is financially supported by the City of Utrecht, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Utrecht, the KfHeinfonds, Voordekunst and the Fentener van Vlissingen fund.

Thanks to: Gender Bender Festival Bologna & Orlando Festival in Italy.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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