An intercultural performance
and installation project
on trans identity
Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser
Melissa Marie Garcia Noriega (Cuba-Germany)
Michelle Niwicho (Germany)
Greta Pimenta (Brazil-Germany)
Transgender people do not conform to the expectations of the gender
role assigned to them at birth because they cannot relate to it. They
feel they are in the "wrong body" and often experience a sense of
dislocation. While their subjective sense of their own gender identity
often provokes confusion in society, it is gaining increasing acceptance.
ID-CLASH throws the exclusive nature of the gender binary into
question. As soon as one moves away from a strictly binary system
of gender, countless possibilities and models of gender self-definition
present themselves.The project focuses on different concepts for
living and stages of transformation.
In ID-CLASH transgender performers from Europe and Latin America
encounter with representatives of the "third gender", the hijra culture
In Europe, the individual livestyles of transgender people are shaped
by opposing social attitudes that range from tolerance to rejection,
tabooisation and prejudice. In the course of the public debate about
equality and social acceptance, niches and safe havens have emerged.
The lifestyle of the hijras in southern Asia follows a centuries-old
mythological tradition. Genetically speaking, hijras are generally men
who have the outward appearence of women but who do not feel as
if they belong to either of the two sexes. They call themselves the
In ID-CLASH, which is performed in the grounds of the Municipal
Nursery in Cologne, the audience encounter people who do not
identify with gender-role standards.