Body and gender: transversal projects from contemporary art. Teachers permanent Training

Training with online adaptation

From Es Baluard Museu we understand contemporary artistic practices as an interdisciplinary and transversal tool for reflecting on the world around us while fostering a critical spirit.

In the field of formal education, and with an aim to create a community of teachers who will base their long-term work in contemporary art with the collaboration of the CEP of Palma Jaume Cañellas Mut with a view to consolidate this line of continuous training for teachers.

In the school year 2019-2020 we launch the fourth edition of the teacher´s training course: “Body and gender: transversal projects from contemporary art”. The participant centres are: Madina Mayurqa, IES Joan Alcover, IES Son Ferrer and Col·legi Es Liceu.

The course is aimed at active secondary school teachers, from any area or subject. The theme to work on is gender, linking it with performance as an artistic language.  Gender is a relevant and transversal theme. It’s especially necessary to address during the teenage years. The course will connect participants to the artistic language of performance, since the body itself is the main form of expression, opening up other expressive possibilities within the contemporary artistic practices which often aren’t explored in the teaching activity.

The seminar is of a theoretical-practical nature. It combines a series of training sessions for teachers with others working in the classroom that materialize in specific activities to be carried out with students, which unfold in group performances in public space.

This seminar is led by the Es Baluard’s Area of Educational Development, Training and Public Programmes and backed up by lecturers from ESADIB (Dramatic Art School of the Balearic Islands), Meritxell Esquirol, cultural analyst, doctor in Human Sciences and Culture, Social and Institutional Communication with the thesis Femininity, neoliberalism and popular culture: the depoliticization of feminism and also Lluki Portas a graduate from ESADIB, who develops the sessions of corporal expression with the students in the schools.

The training program began in October with sessions for teachers. At a time when the sessions were being developed with the students and the themes of the performances of the different groups were beginning to be outlined, the Covid-19 crisis broke out. This fact made an online adaptation of the project necessary while maintaining the objectives: work and expression from the body itself, focusing on gender issues that interest the participating students and that they´d like to share with the public.

The result has been the collaborative video La pell no te nom with the participation of all the centres involved under the coordination of Lluki Portas.

17th October 2019 → 19th June 2020