hoop up-hooked up-hooking up is a performance conceived by Lorena Wolffer to make young people’s perceptions and experiences regarding sex visible through a public conversation with Kira, her teenage daughter. This unrehearsed conversation revolves around Kira’s perceptions and positions, framed with the voices, stances, and experiences of other young people on the subject, both in the dialogue itself and in the form of video projections. The project aims to question gender today through the sexual practices of generations of teenagers and young adults who have grown up with a sexual education derived from normative pornography but, at the same time and thanks to feminisms, experience their bodies, genders and sexualities in more free and egalitarian forms than the generations that preceded them.


This performance involves the circulation of an online questionnaire among young people at the University of Toronto, across the GTA and in Mexico City, with questions designed by Kira to collect their ideas and experiences in relation to gender and sexuality. Together with Kira’s own experiences, the collected responses inform the questions and topics addressed during the performance. Both performers are committed to discussing these matters solely in the presence of a live audience.


GUT_BRAIN 1: Destructive Desires and Other Destinies of Excess
Part One: September 15–November 15, 2023
Curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz and Christine Shaw
+ Info: Blackwood Gallery



Thursday, November 9, 2023
Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles St W, Toronto

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