Their desire rang through the halls and into the tower

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Their desire rang through the halls and into the tower,

Alex Martinis Roe,

Performance 03 Dec 2014, 20:00

Their desire rang through the halls and into the tower (2014) is a spoken performance devised by artist Alex Martinis Roe. The performance intertwines the histories of Anna Maria van Schurman, the first female university student in Europe, who attended Utrecht University in the seventeenth century, and the development of the Women's and then Gender Studies research school at that same university. Based on oral histories and textual research by Martinis Roe, members of the Graduate Gender Programme of Utrecht University collectively edited the script and will perform a group political diagram composed of layered and partial accounts of this trans-historical community.

This project is part of a series of films and performances by Martinis Roe that traverse different feminist communities and political practices exploring a genealogy of sexual difference feminism, which began in France and Italy during the early 1970s. Looking simultaneously at collective and personal histories, the artist hopes that propositions for future collective practices emerge. One film from the series A story from Circolo della rosa (2014), which was made during a period of oral history research with the Milan Women's Bookstore Collective, will be screened before the performance. The artist will also give a brief introduction to her research.

The evening begins at Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht on Wed 3 Dec 2014 at 20:00 hrs. While the event is free, r.s.v.p. is required to reserve your place; please send an e-mail to

The work is commissioned by Casco and is also a collaboration with the Graduate Gender Programme of Utrecht University and co-presented with If I Can't Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. It is co-funded by Einstein Foundation Berlin and realized with the support of the Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Samstag Program, Adelaide, Australia. 

Participants: Vasso Belia, Deborah Sielert, Svenja Engels, Lindsay Grace, Janneke Koers, Ash Marks, Ronja Mannov Olesen, Juliette Sanchez-Lambert, and Evelyn Wan.