2021 marks the launch of the PLAYING UP Gender edition, and expansion upon PLAYING UP, an artwork by Sibylle Peters, exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.

PLAYING UP GENDER is a Live Art game for kids & adults and everybody in between. It allows participants to explore questions of gender by means of Live Art.

PLAYING UP GENDER consists of 12 cards. Each card references a piece of Live Art and ends with an instruction, that allows players to re-enact the piece. The game features pieces of Live Art from recent years and puts them in context with the history of Live Art and gender. The cards are selected and designed for all kinds of starting points within the gender spectrum and strive to open up escape routes from the gender binary.

PLAYING UP GENDER is a production of FUNDUS THEATER I Theatre of Research, in cooperation with the Live Art Development Agency.

It was designed by David Caines and developed by an international research group with Live Art Development Agency-LADA, Lois Keidan, Heike Roms, Finn Love, Jessie McLaughlin, Live Art Denmark, Negar Forough, Kristin Gelb (Green), Maike Gunsilius, Kristin Westphal, Friederike Dunger, Susan Sheddan, David Caines, Sibylle Peters, and Christopher Weymann among others.

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

You can find more info about PLAYING UP here:

A photographic image of peoplewrapped in metallic fabric. The person nearest the camera is wearing gold fabric, and a white face mask - they are in profile. Four others can be seen in the background, wearing pink, purple and silver fabric, their heads turned away. The image sits on a black background with rainbow illustrations GENDER_GALACITC_FASHIONSHOW_c_GescherMeyer

Banner image credit:

PLAYING UP GENDER Design by David Caines.

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