Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin is a queer identifying Italian-Armenian artist that practices within the fields of dance and performing arts.
Giorgia’s work starts from the political and emotional necessity to bring the queer body in the foreground. The artist’s research is built of a collection of pedagogic and performative events that focus on experiencing pleasure as a form of resistance to systemic oppression by relating their transfeminist feminist approach to somatic practices.
With a background in classical studies and a BA in performing arts at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, they began making work in 2010 in collaboration with artists Francesca Foscarini and Marco D'Agostin, with whom they founded Associazione Culturale VAN (2014).
Alongside their practice as a dance maker, Giorgia has worked as a lecturer in several dance Institutions (AHK Amsterdam, Balletto di Roma).
Minor Place, their latest work for stage, is a participatory performance based on Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch – Women, the body and primitive accumulation.
As a performer, Giorgia works and has worked for companies: Barokthegreat, Igor&Moreno, Anagoor (Silver Lion Biennale di Venezia 2018, for whom they are also a movement coach) and James Batchelor.
Giorgia is mainly occupied in holding Pleasure Body, a workshop space for queer, trans, non-binary and gender non conforming identities to collectively engage is somatic strategies of resistance through pleasure.
Pleasure Body is touring the world extensively, being held in a variety of situations, from cultural institutions to queer occupied spaces. Giorgia has recently been invited to hold Pleasure Body at Harvard University as part of Chiasmi - Queering Italian Studies 2019.
Their work is produced and supported by: Associazione Culturale VAN, CSC Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, Saison Foundation Tokyo, La Briqueterie - Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val de Marne (Paris), AtelierSi Bologna, Gender Bender Festival, Dro Centrale Fies Art work Space.