If I can’t dance Edition VI, open dialogue inside contemporary art

By Livia Marques


If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution: a constellation of performances, videos, book presentations, lectures, exhibitions, installations, gatherings opened its doors November the 24th in the Oost of Amsterdam centre, now comes to the last final week end. The international programme, with a rich variety of appointments, highlighted the projects produced by the commissioned artists and researchers of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015 –2016).

As it’s written on their website “If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution produces art works and thematic programmes. Departing from a spirit of open questioning and long term inquiry with artists and researchers, If I Can’t Dance is dedicated to exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art.”

naufus-ramirez-figueroa-video-still-of-the-performance-illusion-of-matter-bmw-tate-live-performance-room-tate-modern-london-3-december-2015 The commissioned artists for this Edition VI are Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Joke Robaard, Leonor Antunes, Alex Martinis Roe.

The Performance in Residence research projects are created by Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, Ueinzz Theatre Company, Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich.

The works consist of confronting topics such as the Guatemalan Civil War; the genealogy of “feminist new materialist” and “sexual difference”; archives of fashion photos; the frontiers between art, life, madness and subjectivity; among others. “Together these presentations provide an opportunity to reflect upon the sum total of Edition VI – Event and Duration, with its concerns for lived relations, the experience of temporalities and modes of inhabitation within time and space, through which we hope to open up questions of political change and potential futures.”fred-moten-and-wu-tsang-sketch-for-gravitational-feelAs can be read in the programme overview.

Contributions from invited and associated guests are also present,including a screening by Alejandra Riera in collaboration with Ueinzz and a lecture by Jon Mikel Euba as part of If I Can’t Dance’s long-term educational partnership with the Dutch Art Institute. As well If I Can’t Dance’s Reading Group and the monthly Dancing Group.

Full details of the programme and tickets are available online at www.ificantdance.org


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