Rosana Cade


Rosana Cade is a performance maker and artistic organiser based between Scotland and England whose practice rooted in queer discourse straddles live art and activism. Her work has been shown extensively across the UK at over twenty organisations including the National Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre, London; Summerhall as part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Made in Scotland Showcase; Contact Theatre, Manchester; the Arches in Glasgow; Forest Fringe and at international venues including Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Frascati, Amsterdam and Kwai Fong Theatre, Hong Kong. In 2016 she was announced as Artist in Residence at the Marlborough Theatre in Brighton. Support to develop a touring performance work into a film

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We have worked with Rosana as an artist through SPILL National Showcase in 2013 and the Artsadmin Artist Bursaries scheme in 204/15, and have supported her work as an artistic organiser through Buzzcut Festival which she runs with Nick Anderson. Our funding is for her to develop her touring performance Walking:Holding into a film, a project that will also support four young women working in the film industry.

Walking:Holding is a subtle, experiential performance that involves one audience member at a time walking through the city holding hands with a range of different people on a carefully designed route. Born out of a series of ʻholding hands experimentsʼ in Glasgow, with both same sex and mixed sex couples, the piece asks people to challenge prejudices in the flesh, and experience first-hand what it is to walk in someone else’s shoes – or hands. The work is focused on exploring the experience of queer lifestyles and identities within a city, and at the same time is a broader experiment into what can be learnt when two strangers share an intimate moment in public. It also asks questions of the social diversity and cultural codes within each city that it takes place.

Rosana Cade, Walking Holding. Image: Rosana Cade