ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US | Senna Pauli & Eva Arends

Senna Pauli and Eva Arends, creators of the performance installation HAIRY, are on the look out for people with armpit hair. And they like to take pictures of them and thus question the prevailing gender norms. With the project ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US they contribute to the visibility of armpit hair and the lived experiences that come with wearing it openly. The photos will be shown during What You See Festival at Theater Kikker and here online. ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US will continue after the festival. They are always looking for people who like to be photographed together with their armpit hair! So sign up via:

Concept: Senna Pauli & Eva Arends | in coproduction with: What You See Festival | with thanks to: Pilo Pilkes, Charlotte Brand, Municipality of Utrecht, and all participants of ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US | image: Eva Arends

The Netherlands
Language no problem

Thu 18 Nov – Sun 21 Nov
During opening times / Online

Online & Theater Kikker


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For Queering the City of Literature 2020 authors Ayden Carlo, Kalib Batta, Roelof ten Napel and Welmoed Jonas wrote brand new texts about queer bodies and the city. Through queer literature they give you a whole new experience of Utrecht.

These texts were bundled in the publication Zine and on 19 November bookstore Savannah Bay presented it festively during What You See. The audience not only heard the work of these literary superstars, there was also music by Kopje Onder, designer Yasmin Katlich shared Zine’s design process and writer Anne Chris van Doesburg revealed a tip of the veil of QtCoL 2021. All audience members were given the publication to take home with them!

This event was also streamed live.

It was also possible to follow the foot steps of the writers and read their texts in a set out walking route. Here, you can find more info.


by: Savannah Bay | with: Kalib Batta, Roelof ten Napel, Ayden Carlo, Welmoed Jonas, Anne Chris van Doesburg and Kopje Onder | design Zine: Yasmin Katlich | photo: Kris van der Voorn

Language: Dutch

Thu 19 Nov
75 min

Theater Kikker
Grote zaal

Price includes Zine!


I CAN BE WHOEVER IS THERE | Erik Alkema & Eveline van de Putte

The exhibition Ik mag zijn wie er is (I can be whoever is there) shows portraits of elderly trans gender people. They were pioneers who discovered their feelings at a time when there were hardly any examples and role models. In the project Elderly Trans Genders, visual artist, film and theatre maker Erik Alkema and storyteller and writer Eveline van de Putte recorded their  stories in a series of film portraits. Eveline van de Putte also published a book about them. This video exhibition about their insecurities, desires and courage will be on view in the Library of Utrecht (Neude) for a month from 19 November.

made by: Erik Alkema & Eveline van de Putte | with: Hanna, Jacqueline & Gonnie, Angela, Niek & Betty, Sofie | thanks to: Utrecht Library

The Eldery Trans Gender Project is a collaboration between the Empowerment Foundation and SEENIK and is supported by Roze50+, ANBO, AFK, IHLIA en COC The Netherlands.

The Netherlands
Language: Dutch
(English subtitles)

Thu 19 Nov – Wed 16 Dec

Opening times:
Mo – Sat: 9:00h – 21:00h
Sun: 10:00h – 18:00h

Library Neude (Utrecht)


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Queering the City of Literature is an initiative of Savannah Bay, and allows you to experience your familiar city with different, queer eyes. In June, authors Kalib Batta, Ayden Carlo, Welmoed Jonas and Roelof ten Napel hung their specially written texts in places in Utrecht that have a personal meaning for them. These routes will return during What You See Festival 2020 and can be walked at any moment of the day for free.

Interested in more background information? Then buy a 1 euro ticket and come to one of the four introductions to the project!

Queering the City is a yearly event initiated by Savannah Bay | authors 2020: Welmoed Jonas, Roelof ten Napel, Ayden Carlo en Kalib Batta


The Netherlands
Language: Dutch

Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
15 min

Theater Kikker



Over the past few months an international group of youngsters met online for the workshop series Anatomy of Togethernes. Led by the choreographers Monica Gillette and Gary Joplin, they explored new ways of dancing in the digital space and shared their questions and wishes around gender identity and expression. During What You See Festival you get a sense of the creative proces that they were a part of.  On several locations within the festial they zoom in on there Gender Talent and Gender Joy! Take a look at the exposition, join the workshop and watch the video-interviews. More info follows.

Anatomy of Togetherness is a collaboration between Theaterfestival Boulevard & What You See Festival | initiative, concept and online facilitators: Monica Gillette & Gary Joplin | thanks to: Daniel Mariblanca, Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéo


The Netherlands & Germany
Language No Problem

Theater Kikker | Online


QUANIMACY | Claire Cunningham (online)

At the invitation of this year’s Queer festival Splayed in London, Claire Cunningham developed the binaural, audio work Quanimacy.

In Quanimacy, Cunningham, choreographer and artist with a disability, intimately reflects on their relationship with crutches, the “queering” of the body and the concept of queer animation. You hear a conversation between Claire and their crutches, alternating with the voice and theories of scholar, rabbi and activist Prof. Julia Watts Belser, supported by the atmospheric sounds of Matthias Herrmann.

Please note: This work is designed specifically for headphones.


concept & creation: Claire Cunningham | featuring: Prof. Julia Watts Belser | music: Matthias Herrmann | transcript design: Bethany Wells | dramaturgical and editorial support: Luke Pell


Quanimacy is commissioned by The Place London.

United Kingdom
Language: English

Thu 19 – Sun 29 Nov
21 min

free of charge


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CORDATA LONGA | Chiara Bersani (online)

The intimate and elusive audio project Cordata Longa was conceived at the beginning of the lockdown in March, in an attempt to imagine a landscape together. Guided by the voice of Italian choreographer and queer activist Chiara Bersani you float through the clouds and create your own world. Cordata Longa is an experience for you alone, designed for private enjoyment. But it can only exist thanks to the union of different bodies in form, rhythm, identity, place and perception. Best to be experienced outside during sun-set!

As an artist and activist Chiara Bersani, who has a mild form of brittle bone disease, is interested in the political meaning of a body in relation to the norms of a society.

concept & creation: Chiara Bersani | sound: F. De Isabella | research: Marta Montanini | promotion & curation: Giulia Traversi | organisation & logistics: Eleonora Cavallo | production: Centrale Fies, Associazione culturale corpoceleste_C.C.00# | image: Giulia Traversi

Supported by: UFO – residenze d’arte non identificate – Contrada Teatro – Stabile di Trieste

My balcony makes you dizzy. Nice. Scary. Beautiful dizziness.
Up here today,
I feel like I’m floating.

Chiara Bersani

Language: English

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Nov

Free of charge
More info soon

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SuperHUMAN, a guided mediation | Gary Joplin (online)

A guided meditative journey to activate the SuperHUMAN lying dormant within you. Choreographer and somatic coach Gary Joplin offers a possibility to see adversity and friction as powerful tools in sharpening the blades of your unique expression. The world needs your superpowers! Collapsing in the face of obstacles or becoming an embodied answer to the questions that life is asking of you…how will you respond?

This guided meditative journey will be made available during the festival on the online channels, to whenever, wherever you feel like.

by: Gary Joplin | in the frame of: Anatomy of Togetherness


United States / Germany
Language: English

Thu 19 – Sun 22 Nov
10 min

Free of Charge

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POINT OF YOU | Leo van Emden (online)

The world has changed tremendously in the last six months and coming together with like-minded people has become almost impossible. In the film installation Point of You, filmmaker Leo van Emden interviews various trans gender individuals to share their experiences in current times. What is the direct impact of corona on their (well)being in the world? How has this time influenced their view of the environment they are living in?

What You See shows a sneak preview of this poetic and personal film installation, in which trans gender persons with different backgrounds and experiences are given a voice.

concept, film & montage: Leo van Emden, Roemfilm | artistic support: Helga Merits, Anne-Beth Schuurmans, Vincent Wijlhuizen | image and trailer: Leo van Emden

The Netherlands
Language: Dutch

Thu 19 – Sun 22 Nov
Free of charge

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What You See presents a diverse collection of homegrown documentaries. Gonnie was already ninety when her son told her that he would continue his life as Jaqueline. Dochter (Daughter) shows their unconditional love. Robert is a 41 year old, unemployed, gay, autistic man with low self-esteem who finds strength, confidence and admiration as The Puppeteer in the Dutch BDSM scene. Starting from her personal experience, in Dubbel Geluk (Double Luck) director Esmée van Loon shares what it is like to grow up with gay parents. In Father Figure founding father of the vogue dance community The Kiki House of Angels Guilliano (26) tries to survive in a sometimes harsh environment and gives everything to be a good role model to his son.

All films are subtitled in English.

Dochter: Erik Alkema & Eveline van de Putte | The Puppeteer: Sanne This & Roland Javornik | Dubbel Geluk: Esmée van Loon | Father Figure: Bibi Fadlalla | In collaboration with: De Roze Filmdagen & Hoogt on Tour

English subtitles

Thu 21
84 min

De Nijverheid

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