WHAT YOU SEE FESTIVAL 2021
What You See Festival 2021 took place from 18 – 21 November in Utrecht. With the theme (un)Touchable Bodies, the festival celebrated our togetherness and touched with different art forms upon our sexual desires, our physical intimacy and our need for proximity to other bodies. Positively activist, inviting and connecting.
This year, What You See introduced the Wage Gap discount of 14%, which is the average wage gap between women and men in The Netherlands. Often trans and non-binary people, people of colour and people with a disability also have less chance on the labour market. This discount was offered to anyone who is missing out on income because of who they are.
WHAT YOU SEE OPENING NIGHT | ARIAH LESTER, Gavin-Viano, Sue-Ann Bel, Silvia Gribaudi
Drag, sex, love and intimacy are the ingredients of this unique What You See Opening Night.
IN FIRST PERSON: THE PLAYROOM | Daniel Mariblanca (Dutch premiere)
An intimate, intense and boundless journey into the world of Mariblanca.
HATE ME, TENDER | Teresa Vittucci (Dutch premiere)
A gentle and confrontational exploration of hatred and feminism that unravels the queer potential of the Virgin Mary.
WHAT YOU SEE RESEARCH | Silvia Gribaudi & Ro Verwey
Silvia Gribaudi and Ro Verwey share their research with you. Disarming and direct.
QUEERING THE CITY OF LITERATURE | Savannah Bay
Literary evening full of new work by young authors about their queer bodies and the city
QUEER CAFÉ | Bibliotheek Utrecht, Savannah Bay, Queer Film Festival Utrecht
Literature, film and talks on the theme of (un)Touchable Bodies in the new edition of the Queer Café.
THE HUMAN ZOO | Wensley Piqué
An impressive encounter that puts your first impression under a microscope.
THE WORLDS WIFE (Preview) | Ragazze Quartet, Lucia Lucas, Jorinde Keesmaat & Tom W Green
Unique preview of the chamber opera based on the poetry collection The Worlds Wife.
(UN)TOUCHABLE BODIES (combiprogramma) | Introdans, Shishani Vranckx, Youth for Sex, Prisma Group, Shary-An Nivillac
A dazzling combo programme full of strong personalities who claim their bodies, sexuality and identity.
1-800-LONGING4IT | Leah Marojević & Mass Hysteria (Dutch premiere)
Intimate one-on-one performance on the phone with one of four queer characters.
PLEASURE BODY (workshop) | Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin
Two-day online workshop exploring pleasure as a form of resistance.
SOFT VXNXS | Goldendean (Dean Hutton)
A soft, inviting and politically radical sculpture that offers comfort and warmth.
A TRUE STORY (workshop) | Daniel Mariblanca
Playful, gentle, courageous two-day workshop that unravels and creates new perspectives on (family)relationships
HAIRY | Senna Pauli & Eva Arends (world premiere)
In a shop window, a living mannequin challenges the usual beauty standards.
EXPANDED SCENOGRAPHY | Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
Nine activist pop-up pearls by nine HKU students.
QUEERING THE CITY OF LITERATURE WALK | Savannah Bay
Literary walk in which you experience the city of Utrecht through the lens of three queer writers.
BOOK SIGNING FAQ GENDER | Thorn de Vries & Mandy Woelkens
Signing session of the pamphlet FAQ Gender that answers all your pressing questions about being non-binary.
ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US | Senna Pauli & Eva Arends
On- and offline exhibition of people with armpit hair to contribute to the visibility of it.
WHAT YOU SEE xxx QUEER IN WONDERLAND – CANCELLED
Queer club night with diverse DJs, unique performances, expositions and more.