Dance for nonviolence | Queer Pedagogy
“Perhaps one day we will stop calling everything by the right name” with these words I like to summarize a research that culminated in the writing of the book The Dance of Eros and Thanatos for a queer pedagogy. The reason that prompted me to write this book is that we need a nonviolent society.
It is a peaceful, political, spiritual, artistic, social and cultural non-wrestling. A principle that has become famous thanks to Gandhi and can now also be incorporated into the queer revolution. A movement that sets itself the task of freeing the expression of every living creature trying to break down the violence of categories from our language.
Dancing freedom of expression
But how is it possible to guarantee this freedom without resulting in the violence of today’s society? A question that I asked to art, even before philosophy; and that in butoh dance has found its spiritual and concrete answer.
Thanks to this approach I have developed a theoretical and practical path that, starting from a book, has resulted in workshops and performances that have brought me, from the Loggia del Capitaniato, in Vicenza, in 2016; at the Hokkaido Butoh Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and at the Butoh Festival in Paris, in 2018; in Berlin and Thessaloniki, in 2019.
A queer pedagogy
A tour of the world made of research and answers, studies and experiences of that direct contact between nature and body that inspired performances, workshops and inner paths that, by bringing queer pedagogy to butoh dance and alchemy, bring people closer to art and knowledge of oneself and the other by oneself.
Queer pedagogy aims to underline the sacredness of every single expression and to allow everyone to express themselves freely; to be who they really are and not who others would like them to be.
A pedagogy that develops empathy and that is based on it as a tool to know not only themselves but also others; that is aimed not only at those who feel uncomfortable with their being, but at all since often unconsciously we find ourselves shaping our identity on what society wants from us, on stereotypes that are presented to us as guides to follow to feel satisfied and belonging to the community.
Let’s not make the mistake of thinking that this does not concern us, of thinking that the problem is of others: let’s stop and reflect if we live according to our essence or if, for various reasons, we find ourselves surviving by accepting to refuse ourselves, to eliminate fundamental parts of our personality for fear of not obtaining the approval of others.