PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

About

Performance Platform is a website and web app listing public activities from five different organisations based in Amsterdam: Dasarts, If I Can't Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, NBprojects, School for New Dance Development (SNDO) and Veem House for Performance. In addition, Performance Platform calls attention to other performance-related events in the city and abroad.

Performance Platform is an entirely subjective, while broadly oriented mapping of the performance landscape. Besides being a user-friendly list serve, the platform aims to highlight pathways through the city, facilitating new discoveries across the various institutions where (performing) arts take place. Far from attempting an all-encompassing survey of the field, the platform’s organisers include information concerning performance-related activities that have captured our imagination: mainly in Amsterdam—to strengthen the local scene—but also elsewhere in the world.

Every month, the five partners come together to discuss preferred landmarks within Amsterdam’s performance field, unfamiliar artists, or events that arouse curiosity. We draw attention to the things that are already here, close-by, but which are perhaps overlooked, inconspicuous or as yet unnoticed. We don’t shy away from ‘big and famous’ either. Every month a new landscape of artistic activity arises—full of not-yet-visible links and possible interconnections, new perspectives, viewpoints and secret gardens.

Those who subscribe to the Performance Platform, get a monthly Letter in their inbox. The goal of this Letter is not to inform, nor to bring any 'news'. Until 2016, each month, in a rotating manner, Barbara Van Lindt, Anne Breure, Nicole Beutler, Frédérique Bergholtz and Bojana Mladenovic, have been presenting the platform’s readership with topics, ideas or people connected to their most current interest. In 2016, a new editorial board composed of Isobel Dryburgh, Maria Rößler, Marjolein Vogels, Annick Kleizen and Simon Asencio was invited to bring in their diversely informed perspectives and to continue the momentum initiated by the five ladies who artistically lead the Performance Platform’s constitutive organisations. Sometimes staying as close as to articulating excitement or concern from the life of the organisations, at other times drawing attention to complex and elaborate projects of others, the editorial board also occasionally extends the invitation to a guest to speak on its behalf.

Each Letter marks a point in time in which the thoughts and ideas on or around performance situate themselves rather freely in poetic, semi- or non-academic, invigorating, careless, engaged, frivolous and pertinent performance discourses at once.

The history and traditions of performance lie in the twentieth century. Today, this provides references, concepts, presentation modes, curatorial models, theoretical and philosophical ideas that infuse life in many different scenes. For us—a venue and production house, a dance company, a visual arts institute, a Bachelor Studies for Choreography and a training programme for Masters of Theatre—approaching the arts from a disciplinary angle does not correspond to the way we work, think and talk. Performance allows another perspective: less sticking to orthodoxy within disciplines, more addressing qualities of presence, the experience of an event, and the politics of show and tell.

English is the language most used in this international community and is therefore the one we have chosen to carry the Performance Platform contents.

NBprojects IICD Het Veem Theater DASarts SNDO

HET VEEM THEATER

Filled with voices during the year; old and new, young and established, coming from the arts and beyond, coming from Amsterdam and abroad. Always exploring what performance can and should be in movement, time, and discourse; questioning what we take as given, performing new proposals for ways of looking, and taking us on journeys to unknown worlds. Veem stands as a house for performance, dance, and discourse for making and presenting radical, daring, and experimental work.

We do this by producing and presenting performances on the cross-disciplinary field of dance, theatre, visual arts, cinematography, and music from new makers and by inviting work of international influential artists.
We do this in connections with schools and institutions with whom we share fascinations and this field. (i.a. SNDO, Mime, Amsterdam Master of Choreography and DasArts; Stedelijk Museum, SPRING, ICK, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Grond – Theater Festival)
We do this in discourse by organising exchanges of thought, booklaunches, debates and salons.
We do this in going outside and working at, and with, other spaces and places.
We do this with you – the audience, artists, and all curious minds out there. The doors are open! Be welcome.

www.veem.house

IF I CAN'T DANCE

If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution is an association dedicated to exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art. If I Can’t Dance initiates, produces and presents projects with artists, curators and researchers on the basis of long-term collaborations. These projects are presented (inter)nationally through a network of partner institutions.

If I Can’t Dance works along the systematic of collaboration. It doesn’t have a ‘house’, but instead produces projects and programmes that have different manifestations in different institutions within the Netherlands and abroad. One of our networks is Corpus, a European consortium for performance production including the partners Tate Modern and Playground Festival (STUK, Museum M).

If I Can’t Dance’s programme is structured in two-year editions, comprising of artist commissions, research commissions, as well as discursive activities including a monthly reading group. Each edition, defined by a certain field of investigation, engages a group of associated practitioners and institutional partners and unfolds along a travelling trajectory. Previous editions examined theatricality (Edition I), feminism (Edition II) masquerade (Edition III), affect (Edition IV), and appropriation in conjunction with dedication (Edition V) in contemporary visual art.

For Edition VI (2015–2016), If I Can’t Dance takes the notions of ‘Event and Duration’ as the field of research for its biannual programme of Commissions, Performance in Residence projects, reading groups, seminars and workshops. The programme of Commissions includes the production and presentation of new work by artists Leonor Antunes, Alex Martinis Roe, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, and Joke Robaard. If I Can’t Dance also continues its Performance in Residence programme, approaching performance-related practice through production-led research, with four new projects by Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich, Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, Peter Pál Pelbart, and Vivian Ziherl.

Since its inception in 2005, If I Can't Dance explores performance practice in visual art, set within the wider scope of both stage arts and feminism. Our relationships with practitioners to this day are informed by our ongoing interest in current and past theatre and dance practices and the manifestations of feminist discourse in art production.

The programme of If I Can’t Dance is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the Cultural Programme of the European Union (Corpus) and the municipality of Amsterdam.

www.ificantdance.org

NBPROJECTS

NBprojects is a vehicle for the artistic and curatorial projects of choreographer Nicole Beutler and her associates.

NBprojects is motivated by the desire to find, and propose, alternatives to fixed ideologies. It seeks to articulate the instability of the rational, create conditions for encounters and reflection within an artistic practice that naturally goes beyond the borders of constructed disciplines such as theatre, visual art, music, dance and performance. This motivation leads to performance/ dance/ theatre projects, to various forms of cross-disciplinary collaborations, as well as to the curating of conferences, lectures, festivals and the annual summer academy: WE LIVE HERE.

Nicole Beutler studied Fine Arts in Germany and Dance and Choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO), part of the Amsterdam Theatre School. Parallel to creating dance/performance pieces, she was a member of the theatre-maker’s collective LISA. After five years of existence as discursive framework and production platform, LISA came to an end. Nicole set up her own organisation: NBprojects. Propelled by the fundamental desire to ‘bring people together’, with NBprojects she continues the search for links and connections across the field and beyond.

NBprojects is joining the Performance Platform in order to expose existing artistic pathways across the city of Amsterdam and beyond its borders, to mark a landscape of affinities and potential connections and to relate individual practices to the larger context.

NBprojects is funded by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.

www.nbprojects.nl

DASARTS

DasArts is a master’s degree course within the Theatre School of the Amsterdam School of Arts. The programme is based on eighteen years of experience as an educational, production-based and research-orientated hybrid. Our two-year, question based, residential master’s programme functions as a laboratory and aims to improve the artistic competences of its international students.

Artists studying at DasArts define both their goals and the research methods they plan to adopt. Although the focus is placed on individual development, our main educational strategies are derived from the learning potential of encounters: significant collisions with peers, guest teachers and staff and the fostering of professional intimacy. In other words, the degree to which you are able to provide insights into your working processes to a group of colleagues and/or an audience (often comprised of professionals).

DasArts is an acknowledged master of theatre. Theatre is the backdrop: its history and conventions, the traditions and the avant-garde spirit. Performance is part of this legacy. Since this lively contemporary international scene of practitioners and theoreticians creates a cross-cultural critical environment, DasArts consciously brings it into its program: via guest teachers, advisors or mentors, the students themselves, or the books housed in the library.

www.dasarts.nl

SNDO

The SNDO—School for New Dance Development (School voor Nieuwe Dansontwikkeling in Dutch)—offers a full time four-year professional education course leading to a bachelor's degree in Art – Choreography. The school was founded in 1975 as an attempt to find new directions for dance next to the existing forms and styles that dominated the field. After forty years, the SNDO remains inquisitive, open minded, and in the foreground of progressive developments in the fields of dance and performance. In the curriculum, the school establishes the conditions from which the creativity of the student can emerge. Reflection on the specific qualities of dance and performance as art forms is developed, and awareness of the body and the artistic implications of working with it take precedence.

The SNDO has built an international reputation and has students from more than forty different countries. The staff and guest teachers are also international, and courses are taught in English. This international reputation, its strong image (inevitably followed by some myths!), and its excellent pool of alumni, all continue to contribute to its development and renewal, challenging and expanding upon established ways of making choreographies and performances. It is only possible to achieve this through the combination of an articulate vision on art, society, and education, and the translation of this vision into the school structure and the curriculum. Throughout the years one thing has remained constant—that which is expected from its students, the SNDO poses as a task to itself: continuous critical self-examination, experimentation, renewal, and the contemporaneity and progressiveness of its programme.

Over and above its core curriculum, the SNDO does this through active and critical dialogue with contemporary themes and politics within the profession; stimulating and initiating new developments and research in the area of dance and performance; by offering intensive courses and symposia, and by producing articles that can contribute to further development in the field. The SNDO collaborates with a number of local and international organizations from the fields of dance, performance, visual arts, and education: theatres Frascati and Het Veem, the fine arts institute If I Can’t Dance in Amsterdam and HZT from Berlin.

Like any educational structure, the SNDO is further recognized and enriched by the work of its alumni. Many teachers, dancers, and choreographers work in the international field. Within the large working community names such as Sasha Waltz, Martin Nachbar, Thomas Lehmen, Ivana Müller, or Nicloe Beutler stand as already established and recognized choreographers alongside more recent forces such as Alma Söderberg, Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea, Vincent Riebeek, Florentina Holzinger, Lisa Vereertbrugghen, Simon Tanguy, Marta Ziólek, and Simon Asencio, to name just a few recent graduates.

The SNDO is part of de Theaterschool at the AHK—Amsterdam School of the Arts, and is accredited by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

www.sndo.nl

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  • 0716

  • Arnolfini

    Wor(l)d(k) in progress?

    Joëlle Tuerlinckx

    7 Dec-16 Mar 2014

    Arnolfini, Bristol (UK)

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  • Arnolfini presents a major solo project by Joëlle Tuerlinckx. The most comprehensive presentation of her work in the UK to date, ‘Wor(l)d(k) in progress?’ offers an overview of the artists’ practice from the past 20 years, along with newly produced works. For the exhibition, Tuerlinckx revisits several of her past projects and integrates elements of these in a new installation that serves as an overview of the artist’s career to date.

  • 11am-6pm
  • Free admission
  • arnolfini.org.uk
  • 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, United Kingdom
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  • 1631

  • Weltkulturen Museum

    FOREIGN EXCHANGE

    Peggy Buth, Marie Angeletti, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, a.o.

    16 Jan-31 Dec 2014

    Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt (DE)

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  • FOREIGN EXCHANGE (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger) is an account of certain disturbing ways of visualising human beings in the name of science; of the transformation of the human body into that of an object; of the fascination with the Other; of the passion for collecting; of the mission to preserve remote cultures for all eternity; of the need to find systems for that task. And it’s an account of the role that is ultimately always played by money and trade.

  • Tue-Sun, 11am – 6pm; Wed, 11am -8pm
  • € 7/3,50
  • weltkulturenmuseum.de
  • Schaumainkai 29, 60594 Frankfurt, Germany
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  • 2613

  • Mediamatic

    FACELESS. Seduction, surveillance, privacy

    Marina Abramovic, Martin Backes, Jeremy Bailey, a.o.

    26 Jan-13 Apr 2014

    Mediamatic, Amsterdam

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  • This exhibition shows the trend to hide, alter or mask the face. A trend visible in art, fashion and the media since the turn of the century. From avant-garde masks to works that force open a dialogue with facial recognition software, surveillance cameras, and drones. An exhibition on seduction, surveillance and privacy. With 100+ artworks, workshops on anonymity as a form of rebellion, lectures and more.

  • Wed-Sun, 1-6pm
  • €5/3
  • mediamatic.net
  • VOC-kade 10, 1018 LG Amsterdam
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  • 0519

  • EYE Film Institute

    The New Moroccan Cinema: Meet the Director

    Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi, a.o.

    5 Feb-19 Mar 2014

    EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam

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  • EYE Film Institute presents a series on contemporary Moroccan cinema in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and writer Fouad Laroui, winner of the Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle in 2013. The programme, which includes weekly screenings of the work of seven major Moroccan filmmakers, runs from 5 February to 19 March. All directors will be present. A retrospective discussion with author Abdelkader Benali is scheduled for 5 March.

  • every Wednesday at 4.15pm
  • €10/8,50/7,50
  • eyefilm.nl
  • IJpromenade 1, 1031KT Amsterdam
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  • 0813

  • de Appel arts centre

    Asco (exhibition)

    artists collective Asco

    8 Feb-13 Apr 2014

    De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam

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  • An exhibition revolving around the Chicano collective Asco, who from 1972 through 1987 realized numerous interventions in public spaces. Asco’s performances in and around East LA resembled scenes from movies that were never made – or fashion shoots, or promotional images of rock bands. They called some of these No Movies. Their actions were done without notice or permission in a public spaces fraught with political and racial tensions, and sometimes under police curfews; the imagery they used was linked to fantasy and fiction. Asco always remained on a dangerous political edge. Realized in cooperation with Nottingham Contemporary and CAPC Bordeaux.

  • Tue-Sat, 12-8pm; Sun, 12-6pm
  • €7/4,50
  • deappel.nl
  • Prins Hendrikkade 142, 1011 AT Amsterdam
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  • 2111

  • WIELS

    Franz Erhard Walther

    Franz Erhard Walther

    21 Feb-11 May 2014

    WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (BE)

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  • Franz Erhard Walther’s exhibition offers an in-depth look at an influential German artist whose pioneering work straddles minimalist sculpture, conceptual art, abstract painting, and performance all while positing fundamental questions about the conventional idea of the artwork as an immutable, obdurate pedestalor wall-bound thing. Bringing together pivotal works made between the 1950s and the present, this exhibition focuses on Walther’s ability to transform notions of objecthood and perception through drawings, paintings, fabric sculptures, participatory forms, languagebased works, photographic documentation and archival material.

  • Wed-Sun, 11am -6pm
  • €8/5/3/1,25/0
  • wiels.org
  • Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels, Belgium
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  • 01

  • The Ex

    The Ex Festival

    The Ex, Thurston Moore, Fendika, a.o.

    1 Mar 2014

    Paradiso, Amsterdam

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  • The adventurous, innovative Dutch band The Ex celebrates a five day festival (February 26 – March 2) in five main venues all over The Netherlands, simply called The Ex Festival. Not retrospective, but primarily forward-looking and adventurous. Among the many, very different guests invited, are young new bands, improvising legends, musicians and dancers from Ethiopia and a lot more. For more information about The Ex Festival, visit: theex.nl

  • 6.30pm
  • €20
  • paradiso.nl
  • Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam
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  • 02

  • Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

    Glanz und Elend der Kurtisanen

    René Pollesch (Dir.)

    2 Mar 2014

    Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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  • Voor Glanz und Elend der Kurtisanen (‘Pracht en ellende van de courtisanes’) pakte regisseur René Pollesch het gelijknamige boek van Balzac van de plank – al diende het slechts losjes als inspiratie voor een voorstelling over schijn en zijn – één van Pollesch’ lievelingsthema’s. In de tijd van Balzac, zegt de regisseur, was het sociale leven een spel van ‘mooie gebaren’. Tegenwoordig ben je verplicht openheid te geven over je ‘ware’ gevoelens.” In het kielzog van een kritiek van het moderne menselijke gedrag, gaat Glanz und Elend ook over het Leven, de Liefde en het Theater.

  • 7.30pm
  • €35/32.50/27.50/20
  • http://ssba.nl
  • Leidseplein 26, 1017 PT Amsterdam
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  • 05

  • AHK

    Voice – Script – Public

    Wendelien van Oldenborgh

    5 Mar 2014

    AHK; Nederlandse Filmacademie, Amsterdam

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  • Every other Wednesday night the Master’s department of the Film Academy invites guests to come and give a lecture. Speakers can be film makers, visual artists, composers but also philosophers, scientists or film theoreticians. Today’s lecturer is Wendelien van Oldenborgh. She develops works, using the cinematic format as a methodology for production and as the basic language for various forms of presentation. In her lecture, and on the basis of her recent works, she will discuss her method of producing as well as look into some of the questions that the various works raise in terms of the relation between the cinematic, the theatrical and reality.

  • 7.30pm
  • Free admission; RSVP
  • ahk.nl
  • Markenplein 1, 1011 MV Amsterdam
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  • 07

  • NBprojects

    1: SONGS

    Nicole Beutler, performed by Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti

    7 Mar 2014

    The Riley Theatre, Northern School of Cont. Dance, Leeds (UK)

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  • 1: SONGS is a solo performance presented as a concert, a Liederkreis, an existential exercise for a singing body. Theatre maker and performer Sanja Mitrovic surrenders her voice to the intense words of tragic female figures from the history of theatre, figures such as Antigone, Medea and Gretchen. The suffering of the fictional heroines (and anti-heroines) repeatedly enters her very being as she sings, shouts and speaks. The symbiosis of contemporary electronic music composed by Gary Shepherd and texts from the literary canon forms the basis for a subtle but loud scream against the instability and the incalculable incalculability of our existence.

  • 7.30pm
  • £6.50/5.50
  • juncturedance.com
  • 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 4BH, United Kingdom
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  • 0709

  • Kunsthaus Bregenz

    Bibby/Blightman Weekend (forum)

    Frédérique Bergholtz, Gerry Bibby, a.o.

    7, 8 & 9 Mar 2014

    KUB Arena of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (AT)

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  • If I Can’t Dance will be the focus of a one-evening programme to be held Friday March 7 within the Bibby/Blightman Weekend (March 7-9), organised by KUB Arena of the Kunsthaus Bregenz. The programme of talks, screenings, readings and performative presentations is held as a moment of public research and event-making within the ongoing exhibition of commissioned works by Gerry Bibby and Juliette Blightman. Director Frédérique Bergholtz and curator Vivian Ziherl will discuss the unique commissioning structure of If I Can’t Dance, facilitated by Scott Cameron Weaver as part of KUB Arena’s ongoing focus on new exhibition formats.

  • t.b.a.
  • €9/6,50
  • kunsthaus-bregenz.at
  • Karl-Tizian-Platz, 6900 Bregenz AT, Austria
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  • 07

  • Perdu

    Tussen herinneren en vergeten

    Myriam van Imschoot, Ernst van Alphen, a.o.

    7 Mar 2014

    Perdu, Amsterdam

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  • Onze werelden zijn opgebouwd uit herinnering. Gebeurtenissen uit het verleden hebben ons ‘getekend’ of ‘gevormd’, en hebben zich een plek toegeëigend in het verhaal dat we over onszelf vertellen. Ondertussen houdt ergens ons eigen verhaal op en vervolgt het zich in de ander en in alle vormen waarin ons sociale en maatschappelijke leven uiting krijgt. Wie vragen over het persoonlijke geheugen stelt, betreedt tegelijk het domein van de collectieve herinnering. Tijdens dit programma ligt de aandacht bij dat wat zich in de marge van het geheugen bevindt. Hoe moeten we de architectuur van het herinneren eigenlijk voor ons zien?

  • 8.30pm
  • €10/5
  • perdu.nl
  • Kloveniersburgwal 86, 1012 CZ Amsterdam
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  • 07

  • Subbacultcha!

    Subbacultcha! Night in De Balie

    Planningtorock, Berlin Creamcake, a.o.

    7 Mar 2014

    De Balie, Amsterdam

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  • Subbacultcha!, het onafhankelijke multidisciplinaire muziek- en cultuur platform, nodigt Planningtorock uit. Het magazine Girls Like Us neemt het nachtprogramma voor haar rekening. Met avant disco van Kristy Fenton, booty and beats van DJ Boris Becker en een mix van elektronisch, klassieke pop cuts, bass en R&B door het duo Creamcake.

  • 10pm
  • €15.89
  • debalie.nl
  • Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam
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  • 08

  • Het Veem Theater

    OUTSIDE THE BOX – Komuna // Warszawa

    Komuna // Warszawa

    8 Mar 2014

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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  • This March Het Veem Theater is hosting Komuna // Warszawa, who will research the burning issue of public. Komuna // Warszawa brings to Amsterdam a multidisciplinary team consisting of theatre performers, musicians, visual artists and academics. Using artistic strategies they plan to trace back the lost audience and detect the local context in which Het Veem Theatre exists. Het Veem Theater welcomes Komuna // Warszawa in the context of Outside the Box – a year long research project of six European art spaces.

  • 8.30pm
  • €7/5
  • hetveemtheater.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • 08

  • NBprojects

    Shirokuro

    Tomoko Mukaiyama, Nicole Beutler, Jean Kalman

    8 Mar 2014

    KORZO, The Hague (NL)

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  • The literal meaning of the Japanese title Shirokuro is ‘white-black’. Shirokuro defines contrasts. Darkness accentuates light. Sound accentuates silence. The idea of hell delineates heaven. Playfulness is intensified by confrontation with directness. Galina Ustvolskaja’s compositions Piano Sonata No. 6 and No. 5 are the beating heart of Shirokuro. Dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting designer Jean Kalman have created a work of such precision and unrelenting energy that it challenges the audience to face their own existential contrasts.

  • 8.30pm
  • €16/12,50/10/7,50
  • korzo.nl
  • Prinsestraat 42, 2513 CE, The Hague, NL
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  • 0812

  • SAVVY Contemporary

    Rendez-vous: sortie de mon corps

    Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Hicham Benohoud, a.o.

    8-12 Mar 2014

    SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (DE)

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  • How do we see fables of the West through our contemporary eyes? How do we feel them through our contemporary bodies? In Rendez-vous : sortie de mon corps, the body becomes a territory spoken through by a chorus of voices: a place where struggles of the past, forgotten narratives and events can reemerge, and where a blending between biography and allegory, or the personal and the historical, can be witnessed, if not enacted. This exhibition posits the idea of a body outside itself, escaped from its own life story. A body no longer the site of identity, but a terrain equally inhabited by intimacy, familiarity, strangeness and the unknown.

  • Wed to Sat, 3-8pm
  • Free admission
  • savvy-contemporary.com
  • Richardstraße 20, 12043 Neukölln, Berlin, Germany
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  • 09

  • If I Can't Dance

    Emma’s – book launch of Matt Mullican’s Pure Projection Landscapes

    Vanessa Desclaux, Will Holder

    9 Mar 2014

    If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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  • If I Can’t Dance and San Serriffe present Matt Mullican’s Pure Projection Landscapes, a publication on Matt Mullican’s hypnosis performances that includes a selected overview of Mullican’s works on paper. The launch will include a lecture by curator Vanessa Desclaux and a reading by Will Holder. The launch is the third occasion of Emma’s, a series of gatherings at the If I Can’t Dance headquarters that offers intimate presentations and conversations emerging from our current programme in an informal setting with drinks, snacks and music. For this presentation a selection of books from the San Serriffe art book shop in Amsterdam will be offered for sale.

  • 5pm
  • Free admission
  • ificantdance.org
  • Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
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  • 11

  • Fabrica

    Death is certain

    Eva Meyer-Keller

    11 Mar 2014

    Fabrica, Brighton (UK)

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  • Death is Certain, a performance reflecting on the fragility of flesh and the individuality of the deaths that await us. In the performance Eva Meyer-Keller has installed sweet cherries as her protagonists. They are being individually and relentlessly killed in a way which turns the everyday into something more brutal.

  • 7pm
  • Free admission; RSVP
  • sickfestival.com
  • 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG, United Kingdom
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  • 1112

  • Monty.kultuurfakt.

    Wagner & Ligeti (premiere)

    Albert Quesada

    11 & 12 Mar 2014

    Monty.kultuurfaktorij, Antwerp (BE)

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  • How does the organized noise of music evoke images, and does it turn those images into thought? But also, how does our thought structure our perception of music? How does our own knowledge regarding a piece enrich our experience of it? Wagner & Ligeti is a piece about music and its meaning. It explores how the structures, repetitions, and temporal interplays of orchestral music come to embody and communicate ideas.

  • 8.30pm
  • €16/12/10
  • monty.be
  • Montignystraat 3, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium
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  • 13

  • If I Can't Dance

    Emma’s – “Office Service”

    Gerry Bibby

    13 Mar 2014

    If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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  • Come down to If I Can’t Dance Thursday 13 March at 9pm for ‘Office Service’, an evening of drinks and literary morsels taking a behind-the-scenes look at the characters of work, both on and off stage. The evening is held as the fourth Emma’s session in which Gerry Bibby presents, (with compliments from the kitchen) an intermediate course in the development of his new book of fiction ‘The Drumhead’. Full table service will be provided and visitors are encouraged to bring a passage of prose or poems in which your favorite characters roll up their sleeves, punch-in, log-on, take a smoke-break or otherwise dance against the rhythms of the daily grind.

  • 9pm
  • Free admission
  • ificantdance.org
  • Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
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  • 1315

  • Stedelijk Mus., a.o.

    Collecting Geographies – Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art

    James Clifford, a.o.

    13, 14 & 15 Mar 2014

    Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

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  • Against the backdrop of globalization today, museums for modern and contemporary art in the West are inclined to pay serious attention to the acquisition and presentation of art from all over the world, beyond the still prevalent dominance of European and North American art. Given, on the one hand, the extreme concentration of internationally operating art institutions in Western Europe and the United States, and the often radically different self-understanding of non-Western art institutions on the other, the institutional claims to the global need to be reviewed, contextualized and contested.

  • t.b.a.
  • €100
  • stedelijk.nll
  • Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
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  • 14

  • Muziekgeb. aan het IJ

    Alvin Lucier

    Ives ensemble

    14 Mar 2014

    Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam

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  • De Amerikaanse componist en klankonderzoeker Alvin Lucier (1931) geldt sinds de vroege jaren 70 als een van de belangrijkste vertegenwoordigers van klankwetenschap en muziek. In zijn werk maakt Lucier gebruik van bijzondere akoestische fenomenen als resonantie en interferentie (letterlijk ‘storing’). Hiermee schept hij wonderlijke luisteravonturen die tijdens en rondom dit concert centraal staan.

  • 8.15pm
  • €27/21,50/10
  • muziekgebouw.nl
  • Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR, Amsterdam
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  • 1415

  • Frascati Theater

    All ears

    Kate McIntosh

    14 & 15 Mar 2014

    Frascati Theater, Amsterdam

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  • Prick up your ears and be carried away by a revitalizing stream van sounds, stories and thoughts. Everyday sounds like the scraping of a chair or tearing paper are sampled and recycled as an audio backdrop. Against this backdrop, born storyteller McIntosh leads us through parables about birds and traffic flows, fragments about crowd control and language and jokes about politics and group dynamics. While dry British humour alternates with unexpected insights, in the background the big questions loom up: who are we without one another? How can we come together? And what is needed to collectively change course as a society?

  • 9pm
  • €15/11,50
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 1516

  • Cinedans

    Cinedans – Point Taken 4 (premiere)

    Barbara Makkinga (Dir.) with Toer van Schaijk (Choreog.), a.o.

    15 & 16 Mar 2014

    EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam

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  • The Point Taken project supports the making of a short dance film by new film director and choreographer partnerships. It is an initiative of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and the Performing Arts Fund in collaboration with public service broadcaster NTR and Cinedans. For this fourth edition of Point Taken three Dutch-based director-choreographer teams each made a film, and they will all premiere at Cinedans. All three films will have a repeat screening on 16 March from 10.30am, followed by a Q&A featuring all the directors and choreographers.

  • 4.30pm; 16 March, 10.30am
  • €10/8,50/7,50
  • eyefilm.nl
  • IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam
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  • 1923

  • Rietveld Uncut, a.o.

    Voice ~ Creature Of Transition

    Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Rietveld Uncut

    19-23 Mar 2014

    De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

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  • By looking into theory, literature, film, theater, (visual) art, popular culture and society at large, the 800 bachelor students in art and design at the Rietveld Academie will be invited to ask themselves what vistas the phenomenon of ‘voice’ is offering us at the dawn of the 21st century. In March they will leave the academy for a five day-long ‘residency’ at the Brakke Grond. Rietveld Uncut will kick off with an energetic and experimental line up of performative projects and installations realised by the students. Next to that Studium Generale Rietveld Academie invited 4 acclaimed curators to each inaugurate a discursive and performative program of one day.

  • Mon-Fri, 11am–6pm; Sat-Sun, 1pm-6pm
  • n/a
  • brakkegrond.nl
  • Nes 45, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 19

  • If I Can't Dance

    Appropriation and Dedication

    Reading Group

    19 Mar 2014

    If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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  • If I Can’t Dance’s Reading Group started in 2006 and has been taking place monthly ever since. The Reading Group is a gathering of artists, critical thinkers, writers and various other readers from in- and outside the field of contemporary art, who come together at our office on Westerdok to discuss new topics and directions in performative art practice and their relation to social and political issues. The Reading Group’s monthly reading material is currently accruing through investigation into the thematic of Appropriation and Dedication. If you are interested to participate, please send an email to info@ificantdance.org.

  • Free admission
  • info@ificantdance.org
  • Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
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  • 20

  • NBprojects

    Antigone

    Nicole Beutler & Ulrike Quade

    20 Mar 2014

    Centre Athena, Auray (FR)

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  • Antigone, the first collaborative work by choreographer Nicole Beutler and theatre maker Ulrike Quade, is a visual adaptation of the Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 442BC. The co-directors couple the themes explored by the original with current issues, focusing on the question of how free our actions truly are. Antigone weighs up the two sisters’ ideas. It’s not easy to take sides with one or the other. What is good; what is evil? Their internal motives are revealed in a manipulative game played between performers and puppets.
The puppets were made in Japan especially for this production by Watanabe Kazunori in the bunraku theatre tradition.

  • 8.30pm
  • €16
  • auray.fr
  • Place du Gohlérez, 56400 Auray, France
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  • 2022

  • BUDA

    BUDA VISTA #4: Performing the Rollercoaster

    Nada Gambier, Diederik Peeters, a.o.

    20, 21 & 22 Mar 2014

    Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk (BE)

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  • BUDA VISTA bundelt een paar keer per jaar werk van kunstenaars die bij kunstencentrum BUDA aan de slag zijn (geweest). Sommige projecten hebben al een hele tournee achter de rug, anderen zijn kraakverse creaties. In deze vierde editie van BUDA VISTA presenteert BUDA podiumproducties die zo dicht aanleunen bij andere media of disciplines dat we soms niet meer zeker weten wàt we zien: een voorstelling, dat is zeker, maar misschien is het tegelijk ook een film, soundtrack, tentoonstelling, concert of een hoogst zintuiglijke of fysieke ervaring. Niets is écht wat het lijkt.

  • €33/30/25
  • budakortrijk.be
  • Kapucijnenstraat 10, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium
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  • 2226

  • Het Veem Theater

    IDIOTER

    Alma Söderberg, Hendrik Willekens

    22-26 Mar 2014

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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  • Alma develops a choreographic score for voice and movement; playing with syllables, intonations, cadenzas, gestures; a dream language, a game of intensity and flow. The viewer gets sucked in to The Rhythm. Hendrik makes a perspective drawing. He draws geometrical landscapes disappearing in a single vanishing point. They both make music on electronic instruments. The final result is a concert-performance and a drawing, which are created live in front of the audience.

  • 8.30pm; Sun 23 March at 4pm
  • €7/5
  • hetveemtheater.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • 2526

  • Het Veem Theater

    Japan

    Simon Tanguy

    25 & 26 Mar 2014

    Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR)

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  • In this solo, Simon Tanguy explores the whole physical and poetical vocabulary of agony. Agony is the combat just before death. Always ready, to die and to live. Tanguy returns to the question of expressionism, a return to the spectacular, but in movement.

  • 10pm
  • €10
  • maisondeladanse.com
  • 8 avenue Jean Mermoz, 69008 Lyon, France
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  • 2627

  • Festival Cement

    Cie. Covar: tot de stilte erop volgt

    Els Roobroeck, Hans Stubbe, a.o.

    26 & 27 Mar 2014

    Verkadefabriek, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)

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  • De hypnotiserende muziek van Han Stubbe vermengd met de zwoele stem van Els Roobroeck doen je bijna vergeten dat Tot de stilte erop volgt een serieus thema behandelt: de illusie van het maakbare leven. Een politica staat voor een radicale keuze: een levensbedreigende operatie ondergaan die haar carrière redt of luisteren naar haar innerlijke stem die naar een waarachtiger leven lijkt te leiden. Scènes, waarin de vrouwelijke hoofdpersoon op haar eigen absurde manier haar plotselinge ziekte (tinnitus) te lijf gaat, wisselen af met serieuze innerlijke monologen.

  • 26 March, 9pm; 27 March, 7pm and 10pm
  • €13,50/12,50/7,50
  • festivalcement.nl
  • Boschdijkstraat 45, 5211 VD 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
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  • 2606

  • Siemens Stiftung

    I’M HERE (installation)

    Julian Hetzel

    26 Mar-6 Apr 2014

    Zona Microcentro, Buenos Aires (AR)

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  • The project CHANGING PLACES/ESPACIOS REVELADOS exchanges the interior of the theatre for the wide scenery of the capital. Abandoned residential and commercial buildings, imposing empty banks, a railroad bridge over the Riachuelo, and terraces high above the city, as well as walls and facades in public places are converted into a stage by outstanding theater and performance artists. Even if social issues are omnipresent in the public space, they come closer to us through location transformation. With his installation “I’M HERE,” Julian Hetzel enables an encounter with a homeless person whom he moves off the streets into an empty house.

  • Thurs, Fri: 5-10pm; Sat, Sun: 3-10pm
  • Free admission
  • siemens-stiftung.org
  • Edificio Lanusse, San Martín 236, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  • 28

  • If I Can't Dance

    It’s Moving from I to It – ‘The Play’

    Tim Etchells with FormContent

    28 Mar 2014

    If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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  • On Friday 28 March If I Can’t Dance and FormContent present It’s moving from I to It – The Play, a new performance written and directed by Tim Etchells. The performance takes the form of a dialogue that opens up an imaginary space for performance. The play is performed by actors Jennifer Pick and Bruno Roubicek and takes place in the setting of If I Can’t Dance’s premises on Westerdok 606-608 – Please RSVP to bookings@ificantdance.org. Space is limited.

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  • Free admission; RSVP
  • ificantdance.org
  • Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
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  • 29

  • Frascati Theater

    Laaroussa

    Sofiane and Selma Ouissi

    29 Mar 2014

    Frascati Theater, Amsterdam

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  • The siblings Sofiane and Selma Ouissi were trained at the dance academy of Tunis. With their productions based on daily life they have become leading choreographers in today’s Arabic dance world. For Laaroussa they spent a long period in the Tunisian village of Sejnane to meet the inhabitants and get to know their artisan industry. The village women are creative ceramists; a skill passed on from mother to daughter. With their hands they break stone, mix colour pigments, and mould clay to form sculptures and bowls. These movements are placed in a new context on stage, by the duo choreographers.

  • 8.30pm
  • €17/13,50
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 29

  • De Brakke Grond

    M, a reflection (hommage aan Marianne Van Kerkhoven)

    Kris Verdonck

    29 Mar 2014

    De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

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  • In de voorstelling M, a reflection neemt beeldend kunstenaar en theatermaker Kris Verdonck de teksten van de Duitse auteur Heiner Müller als uitgangspunt met als inzet het intrigerende thema van de ander, de vijand. De mens heeft een vijand nodig, de lotsverbondenheid van meester en slaaf. In zijn leven maakte Müller verschillende politieke regimes mee: fascisme, communisme, (neo-)kapitalisme. Hij was getuige van het uiteenvallen van Duitsland én van de hereniging, van de Koude Oorlog én van het tijdperk na 1989.

  • 7pm
  • €16/12,50/11
  • brakkegrond.nl
  • Nes 45, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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    Letters

    This text was originally written in June 2013 for the De Appel Arts Centre Shadow File publication on Performance. Due to circumstances the publication didn’t see the light of the day as of yet. Another text will find itself in the publication if opportunity presents itself anytime in the future.

    Cheers,

    Bojana Mladenovic

    I
    In one of the recent conversations with friend and colleague, Marijke Hoogenboom, I acknowledged the obvious explosion of the notion performance as well as the performances occurring all around us. Her reply was short, direct and somehow hopeful. She said calmly: “Great, it’s like Amsterdam in the 80s.”

    Recently I was working on a subsidy application with a colleague and this is how I stared the introduction: Whether one is a professional player or public within the theatre and dance or visual arts field, one will have noticed the notion performance in the past ten years becoming omnipresent. Reaching its culmination and exploding in terms of popularity, its usage, and rising to the level of a phenomenon with Marina Abramovic’s Artist Is Present program at MoMA in New York in 2010. In the years that follow performance conquers all (im)possible terrains within visual arts contexts and it attaches itself firmly to a number of contemporary dance festivals, venues, production and residence structures as well as to the CVs and discourses of artists and curators. The notion stays widely discussed, elusive and for the general public still either perceived as side program (in visual arts contexts) or often as ‘this-is-not-dance/this-is-not-theatre’ in these respective contexts.

    In a sea of non-hierarchical, non-expert voices we are all proposing a million different performances. Instead of trying to understand, reflect on or criticize the vast palette of appearances that roll under the notion performance I will try to touch upon what I am curious about pertaining to my usage of it.

    I have interest in two distinct forces that move in seemingly opposite directions in the last say decade (but originate in political, discursive, artistic etc. practices from the last century’s 60s).

    One is visual arts performances and its discourses moving towards the theater and the other is theater/dance moving towards (certain) visual arts performances and discourses. I am interested where these two forces clash with each other and explode into a new zone.

    Lets call that zone for a moment – limbo. Not so much the religious limbo of non-baptized souls of infants; rather the limbo as the border area. The space of the intermediate condition. The one of the potential. But lets establish some borders first in order to watch them resist their own coming into being, then let them explode and allow what remains:

    Here a few fantasies:

    1.
    Theatre abandoned dramatic text (and gave rise to the Postdramatic theatre – term coined by Hans-Thies Lehmann).
    Some visual arts performance art abandoned ‘the drama of the self’ (body art, identity practices, queer performances, etc).

    2.
    Once upon a time, yet still rooted more than we would like to admit:
    Theatre=representation.
    Performance art=presentation.

    3.
    In visual arts the artwork is still and the public is in motion, on the go.
    In theater/dance the public is still and the work is on the go.

    4.
    In visual arts: one body of investigation that has certain duration.
    Theatre: ideology of scenes – lots of short(er) pieces edited together (regardless whether in linear on non-linear dramaturgical manner).

    5.
    Theater documents it self by being performed regularly.
    Visual arts performances document themselves by printing publications (?).

    6.
    Theater: reenacts itself each and every time a performance is performed.
    Visual arts: re-accessing one-time event by means of repeating what was initially not intended to be repeated.

    7.
    Choreographers going for performance (b(lo)ody) art (Dimcev).
    Screaming, singing, peeing revolution and vomiting the blue candy
    (Holzinger and Riebeek).
    Meticulously scripting the execution (Barry, Cytter, Ivanova).
    Replacing the object with the subject (Sehgal).
    Replacing the subject with the event itself (Sobarzo).
    In the performance field it’s not about the other any more. It is the
    seduction of the else.

    II
    Re-enactment, enactment and actment
    This text has its base in a set of questions that were sent by the editors of Shadow File publication. We know that the one who asks the question to certain extent already implies the answer. In the first instance I had resistances while reading some of the questions. I had hmmms’ and heys’ particularly with regards to the insistence on the question of re-enactment.
    Looking from a perspective of theatre/dance practitioner the re-enactment is what one does: the ‘same’ performance is presented and revitalized again and again.In the repeatability of theatre/dance performance we are downright to the analogue version of the digital question: the original and its (identical) copy. Every execution is the original although (or because) it puts into action the exact same set of parameters like in every previous execution of it.
    It might be the question of the original but more so it might be the question of vitality, lifeness (rather than liveness) of the public event.It came to be an interesting terrain for me to stay a second longer: to come to re-enact something, one has to first enact something. In order to enact something one has to (have the desire, inclination, power, motivation, reason to) act.From actment (that which happens and matters – which is the event), via enactment (towards the event), to re-enactment (again towards that which happens and matters).Lingual acrobatics: once it gets down into the safety net it speaks softer and it says things like, what matters is not what is in the performance, what matters is the performance.
    III
    Documenting the performance
    The event and its affects. The event and its after (a)(e)ffects.
    Paradigmatic shift is its record, its trace. In the best-case scenario.
    Performing again is a good document.
    Or loving the fact that its disappearance is its’ eventfulness.
    In the recent years on the market of work-notes, scribbles and exposing processes, these materials can be seen (and put to use) as future traces in the present tense. Often less exciting. Except when one is Dora Garcia.
    If repeatable – repeat.
    If writable – write about it.
    If it resists – let it live in the aftermath of the earthquake it produces while it is taking place.
    IV
    Scripts
    New protocols. Investigating relationships, stands, different politics and ethics; different than the one proposed both by the conventional disciplines and by the society at large. How can we stand (with) each other in the public space under the regime that not just resists the outside worlds’ neo-liberal regime, but also proposes a different one. What better than a brand new protocol/script. Or event better: re-accessing the existing one.
    In Žižekian terms: the stabilization of the notion. It is not about ‘inventing the new, but rather analyzing the new through that which was eternal in the old’. As he continues: “it is eternal not in the sense of a series of abstract-universal features that may be applied everywhere, but in the sense that it has to be re-invented in each new historical situation.
    “The ethical question arises: What do we perform when we perform the performance. But that in another text, in another curatorial gesture, in another sleepless night in which I am closing the budget.

    Now more urgently a question from this side of the barricades:
    With a growing desire of theater and dance practitioners to present their work in visual arts context there is always that question of being the side event. Or main event but in the side room. (Re/en)actment of underpaid side event.

    And even more urgent question:
    What when the current hype passes? Who will be making performances and where?

    Sehgal won the prize in Venice. Time to move on… lets reintroduce painting. Or photography. I bet on photography.

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    • 1902

    • Stedelijk Museum

      Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde

      Kazimir Malevich

      19 Oct-2 Feb 2014

      Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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    • The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents ‘Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde’, with selections from the Khardzhiev and Costakis collections, the largest survey in twenty years devoted to the work of the Russian avant-garde pioneer Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935). The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam holds the largest collection of Malevich’s work outside of Russia, which was the subject of a large-scale exhibition at the museum in 1989. ‘Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde’ is a tribute to the artist and his contemporaries, as well as the culmination of 2013 as the year celebrating Dutch-Russian relations in the Netherlands.

    • Daily, 10am-6pm
    • €20/7,50/5/0
    • stedelijk.nl
    • Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
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    • 2516

    • M HKA

      Meeting Points 7: Ten thousand wiles and a hundred thousand tricks

      Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Marwa Arsanios, a.o.

      25 Oct-16 Feb 2014

      M HKA, Antwerp (BE)

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    • Meeting Points is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival focused on the contextualized presentation of art from the Arab World. Meeting Points 7 is a series of successive exhibitions taking place in several cities of Europe, Asia and the Arab world: Zagreb, Antwerp, Hong Kong, Moscow, Beirut, Cairo and Vienna. Taking its title from revolutionary philosopher Frantz Fanon’s book Wretched of the Earth, written in 1961 as a reflection on Algeria’s liberation from French colonial rule, the exhibition forays into interlaced subjects of revolt, forms of neo-colonialism, counter-revolution, co-optation, and counterstrategies for subverting oppressive infrastructures.

    • Tue-Sun, 11am-6pm; Thurs, 11am-9pm
    • €8/4/1
    • muhka.be
    • Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
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    • 3102

    • Whitney Museum

      Rituals Of Rented Island

      Ericka Beckman, Theodora Skipitares, Julia Heyward, a.o.

      31 Oct-2 Feb 2014

      Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (USA)

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    • This exhibition illuminates a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan, or what filmmaker and performance artist Jack Smith called “Rented Island,” and still remains largely unknown today. Working in lofts, storefronts, and alternative spaces, this group of artists, with backgrounds in theater, dance, music, and visual art, created complex new forms of performance to embody and address contemporary media, commercial culture, and high art.

    • Wed, Thur, Sat, Sun: 11am-6pm; Fri, 1-9pm
    • $20/16/0
    • whitney.org
    • 945 Madison Ave. at 75th Str., NY 10021, USA
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    • 0716

    • Arnolfini

      Wor(l)d(k) in progress?

      Joëlle Tuerlinckx

      7 Dec-16 Mar 2014

      Arnolfini, Bristol (UK)

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    • Arnolfini presents a major solo project by Joëlle Tuerlinckx. The most comprehensive presentation of her work in the UK to date, ‘Wor(l)d(k) in progress?’ offers an overview of the artists’ practice from the past 20 years, along with newly produced works. For the exhibition, Tuerlinckx revisits several of her past projects and integrates elements of these in a new installation that serves as an overview of the artist’s career to date.

    • 11am-6pm
    • Free admission
    • arnolfini.org.uk
    • 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, United Kingdom
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    • 1631

    • Weltkulturen Museum

      FOREIGN EXCHANGE

      Peggy Buth, Marie Angeletti, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, a.o.

      16 Jan-31 Dec 2014

      Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt (DE)

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    • FOREIGN EXCHANGE (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger) is an account of certain disturbing ways of visualising human beings in the name of science; of the transformation of the human body into that of an object; of the fascination with the Other; of the passion for collecting; of the mission to preserve remote cultures for all eternity; of the need to find systems for that task. And it’s an account of the role that is ultimately always played by money and trade.

    • Tue-Sun, 11am – 6pm; Wed, 11am -8pm
    • € 7/3,50
    • weltkulturenmuseum.de
    • Schaumainkai 29, 60594 Frankfurt, Germany
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    • 2613

    • Mediamatic

      FACELESS. Seduction, surveillance, privacy

      Marina Abramovic, Martin Backes, Jeremy Bailey, a.o.

      26 Jan-13 Apr 2014

      Mediamatic, Amsterdam

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    • This exhibition shows the trend to hide, alter or mask the face. A trend visible in art, fashion and the media since the turn of the century. From avant-garde masks to works that force open a dialogue with facial recognition software, surveillance cameras, and drones. An exhibition on seduction, surveillance and privacy. With 100+ artworks, workshops on anonymity as a form of rebellion, lectures and more.

    • Wed-Sun, 1-6pm
    • €5/3
    • mediamatic.net
    • VOC-kade 10, 1018 LG Amsterdam
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    • 2822

    • If I Can’t Dance icw. Ellen de Bruijne prj.

      Inner Stage Poster – presentation

      Snejanka Mihaylova

      28 Jan-22 Feb 2014

      Ellen de Bruijne projects, Amsterdam

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    • Snejanka Mihaylova’s Inner Stage poster, on display and for sale at gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects from 28 January – 22 February as part of their Performance Exhibition programme [+], presents the introductory chapter of Mihaylova’s forthcoming publication. The poster is made in response to If I Can’t Dance’s invitation to its commissioned artists to produce a piece of merchandise and consider the role of materiality and economy within performance practice. The poster will be presented at Ellen de Bruijne Projects on February 14th, at 6pm.

    • Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 13pm-6pm
    • Free admission
    • edbprojects.nl
    • Rozengracht 207 A, 1016 LZ Amsterdam
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    • 0128

    • Kunstverein

      Political Therapy

      Valentina Desideri

      1-28 Feb 2014

      Kunstverein, Amsterdam

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    • During the months December, February, April and June, Valentina Desideri will give Political Therapy at Kunstverein. Political Therapy deals with problems of a political nature and creates the conditions to develop other languages to talk about and live through politics. Its practice develops as it happens. Neither the therapist nor the patient is responsible for any kind of ‘solution’ to the problem. Instead, the problem is treated as an occasion for language to develop, for speculation to happen and for politics to be felt. You can book an individual session by mailing your name and preferred month(s) to office@kunstverein.nl.

    • €35/25
    • kunstverein.nl
    • Gerard Doustraat 132, 1073 VX Amsterdam
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    • 03

    • Sandberg Inst. icw. Goethe-Institut

      The Sandberg Series – Sarah Vanhee

      Sarah Vanhee

      3 Feb 2014

      Goethe-Institut, Amsterdam

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    • The Sandberg series is an ongoing lecture series which explores the idea of ‘autonomy’ and ‘making’ while simultaneously addressing the social and economical roles and implications of these traditional parameters of art production. The program is structured around custom modules that investigate the realms of language, image, object and performance production and representation. Today’s speaker is Sarah Vanhee (°1980, Belgium). The artistic practice of Sarah Vanhee is linked to performance, visual art and literature.

    • 7.30pm
    • €5/3
    • goethe.de
    • Herengracht 470, 1017 CA Amsterdam
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    • 0509

    • Het Veem Theater

      /S ITE S\

      Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea

      5-9 Feb 2014

      Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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    • /S ITE S\ is an audio-visual performance, a mind-site, in which the spectator becomes his own archaeologist. Understanding the chronology of past activity means engaging introspectively. Natural forces, like different phenomena of water, air, electricity and mainly sound substances, are used as excavation forces to induce this state of attention. /S ITE S\ is about trying to meticulously understand our present place. By practicing reversed archaeology we are choosing, from the disclosed traces and relics, what to deliberately place on-site and  leave behind as our present: for it to be buried in time, and only found in a millenary-distant future.

    • 8.30pm; Sun (9 Feb) at 4pm
    • € 15/12/10/7/5
    • hetveemtheater.nl
    • Van Diemenstraat 408-410, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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    • 0519

    • EYE Film Institute

      The New Moroccan Cinema: Meet the Director

      Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi, a.o.

      5 Feb-19 Mar 2014

      EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam

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    • EYE Film Institute presents a series on contemporary Moroccan cinema in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and writer Fouad Laroui, winner of the Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle in 2013. The programme, which includes weekly screenings of the work of seven major Moroccan filmmakers, runs from 5 February to 19 March. All directors will be present. A retrospective discussion with author Abdelkader Benali is scheduled for 5 March.

    • every Wednesday at 4.15pm
    • €10/8,50/7,50
    • eyefilm.nl
    • IJpromenade 1, 1031KT Amsterdam
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    • 0608

    • Frascati Theater

      There is a discussion, een monoloog

      Nieuw West/Marien Jongewaard

      6, 7 & 8 Feb 2014

      Frascati Theater, Amsterdam

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    • There is a discussion, een monoloog gets its title from the work ‘There is a discussion’ by conceptual artist Ian Wilson. By writing these words and publishing them, Wilson generates discussion, opinion, inventiveness – and that is what Marien Jongewaard also aims for in his work.

    • 9pm
    • €15/11,50
    • frascatitheater.nl
    • De Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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    • 0813

    • de Appel arts centre

      Asco (exhibition)

      artists collective Asco

      8 Feb-13 Apr 2014

      De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam

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    • An exhibition revolving around the Chicano collective Asco, who from 1972 through 1987 realized numerous interventions in public spaces. Asco’s performances in and around East LA resembled scenes from movies that were never made – or fashion shoots, or promotional images of rock bands. They called some of these No Movies. Their actions were done without notice or permission in a public spaces fraught with political and racial tensions, and sometimes under police curfews; the imagery they used was linked to fantasy and fiction. Asco always remained on a dangerous political edge. Realized in cooperation with Nottingham Contemporary and CAPC Bordeaux.

    • Tue-Sat, 12-8pm; Sun, 12-6pm
    • €7/4,50
    • deappel.nl
    • Prins Hendrikkade 142, 1011 AT Amsterdam
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    • 1112

    • NBprojects

      Shirokuro

      Tomoko Mukaiyama, Nicole Beutler, Jean Kalman

      11 & 12 Feb 2014

      Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)

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    • The literal meaning of the Japanese title Shirokuro is ‘white-black’. Shirokuro defines contrasts. Darkness accentuates light. Sound accentuates silence. The idea of hell delineates heaven. Playfulness is intensified by confrontation with directness. Galina Ustvolskaja’s compositions Piano Sonata No. 6 and No. 5 are the beating heart of Shirokuro. Dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting designer Jean Kalman have created a work of such precision and unrelenting energy that it challenges the audience to face their own existential contrasts.

    • 8.30pm
    • €18/15/10
    • theaterkikker.nl
    • Ganzenmarkt 14, 3512 GD Utrecht, NL
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    • 13

    • If I Can't Dance

      By Any Other Name

      Emily Roysdon

      13 Feb 2014

      Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

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    • If I Can’t Dance proudly presents the second chapter of By Any Other Name, a new performance project by Emily Roysdon, presented in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The piece is an international two-year commission in which Roysdon undertakes the development of a vocabulary around the term ‘to discompose’. Roysdon’s collaborators for this chapter are Eleanor Bauer, Babi Badalov, Jesper Stromback Eklund, Katinka Marac, and students of the If I Can’t Dance workshop of the Dutch Art Institute/MFA ArtEZ. Two sessions of thirty participants will be held at 5pm and 8pm. Reservation is essential: reservations@stedelijk.nl

    • 5pm & 8pm
    • Entrance to museum
    • reservations@stedelijk.nl
    • Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
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    • NBprojects

      Shirokuro

      Tomoko Mukaiyama, Nicole Beutler, Jean Kalman

      14 Feb 2014

      De Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda (NL)

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    • The literal meaning of the Japanese title Shirokuro is ‘white-black’. Shirokuro defines contrasts. Darkness accentuates light. Sound accentuates silence. The idea of hell delineates heaven. Playfulness is intensified by confrontation with directness. Galina Ustvolskaja’s compositions Piano Sonata No. 6 and No. 5 are the beating heart of Shirokuro. Dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting designer Jean Kalman have created a work of such precision and unrelenting energy that it challenges the audience to face their own existential contrasts.

    • 8.30pm
    • €19
    • goudseschouwburg.nl
    • Boelekade 69, 2806 AE Gouda, NL
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    • 15

    • Chassé Theater

      Cantatas

      Raimund Hoghe

      15 Feb 2014

      Chassé Theater, Breda (NL)

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    • Music plays a central role in Raimund Hoghe’s oeuvre, not only as a partner in dialogue or a support for the dance and movement, but also as to create a world, to supply the coordinates that place the performance in a time and space. In addition to waltz music, romantic pop songs and popular songs, in the past Hoghe has used musical classics from the history of dance. Hoghe plans to work in a similar way in his new group performance Cantatas. Although Bach’s cantatas will play a central role, Hoghe also makes use of music by other composers and the selected cantatas have are both religious and secular.

    • 8.30pm
    • €37,80/29,80/20,80
    • chasse.nl
    • Claudius Prinsenlaan 8, 4811 DK Breda, NL
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    • 16

    • If I Can't Dance

      Emma’s

      Emily Roysdon

      16 Feb 2014

      If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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    • Following the performance presentation at Stedelijk Museum earlier in the week, Emily Roysdon will feature within the second session of the If I Can’t Dance Emma’s series. Held Sunday 16 February at 5pm, the session will open a dialogue with Roysdon, led by Vivian Ziherl, as a station within her ongoing development of the key concept ‘to discompose’. The term marks a field of enquiry, a speculation into the ordering of theatrical space, audience orientation and institutional structures. This presentation is one of several gatherings with If I Can’t Dance’s artists of Edition V, including Snejanka Mihaylova, Gerry Bibby and Sara van der Heide.

    • 5pm
    • Free admission
    • Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
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    • 18

    • Frascati Theater

      Black Bismarck

      andcompany&Co

      18 Feb 2014

      Frascati Theater, Amsterdam

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    • The Berlin-based “ghostbusters” of andcompany&Co began to search for colonial ghosts: an area of allotment gardens, several rows of streets, even a whole city district and a well-known supermarket chain are still being haunted today – nearly 100 years after the official end of the German colonial period. An underground station near the “Reichskanzlerpalais” seems to be the entrance to the underworld. Ruler Bismarck, who did not come to peace in Friedrichsruh, stalks around as “the white man”: White man, what now?

    • 8.30pm
    • €17/13,50
    • frascatitheater.nl
    • De Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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    • 1920

    • DeSingel

      Air

      Vincent Dupont, a.o.

      19 & 20 Feb 2014

      DeSingel, Antwerp (BE)

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    • In this new project Dupont examines how voice and movement influence one another and can lead to a trance. His inspiration for this was Jean Rouch’s film ‘Les tambours d’avant’.

    • 8pm
    • €18/14/8
    • desingel.be
    • Desguinlei 25, B 2018 Antwerp, Belgium
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    • 1922

    • Het Veem Theater

      /S ITE S\

      Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea

      19-22 Feb 2014

      Jan van Eyck Academie (Open Studios), Maastricht (NL)

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    • /S ITE S\ is an audio-visual performance, a mind-site, in which the spectator becomes his own archaeologist. Understanding the chronology of past activity means engaging introspectively. Natural forces, like different phenomena of water, air, electricity and mainly sound substances, are used as excavation forces to induce this state of attention. /S ITE S\ is about trying to meticulously understand our present place. By practicing reversed archaeology we are choosing, from the disclosed traces and relics, what to deliberately place on-site and  leave behind as our present: for it to be buried in time, and only found in a millenary-distant future.

    • t.b.a.
    • janvaneyck.nl
    • Academieplein 1 6211KM Maastricht
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    • 19

    • If I Can't Dance

      Appropriation and Dedication

      Reading Group

      19 Feb 2014

      If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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    • If I Can’t Dance’s Reading Group started in 2006 and has been taking place monthly ever since. The Reading Group is a gathering of artists, critical thinkers, writers and various other readers from in- and outside the field of contemporary art, who come together at our office on Westerdok to discuss new topics and directions in performative art practice and their relation to social and political issues. The Reading Group’s monthly reading material is currently accruing through investigation into the thematic of Appropriation and Dedication. If you are interested to participate, please send an email to info@ificantdance.org.

    • Free admission
    • info@ificantdance.org
    • Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
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    • 20

    • Beursschouwburg

      In tijden van crisis

      Tomas Hendriks

      20 Feb 2014

      Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

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    • In In tijden van crisis Tomas Hendriks observes parliamentary and commission meetings – the habitat of Brussels politicians. He leads us through a web of streets, inner courts, corridors and meeting rooms in the parliament. In this macrocosm tensions arise between the individual and the city, which lead to a situation of overall uncertainty.

    • 8.30pm
    • €7/5
    • beursschouwburg.be
    • Auguste Ortsstr. 20-28, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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    • 2111

    • WIELS

      Franz Erhard Walther

      Franz Erhard Walther

      21 Feb-11 May 2014

      WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (BE)

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    • Franz Erhard Walther’s exhibition offers an in-depth look at an influential German artist whose pioneering work straddles minimalist sculpture, conceptual art, abstract painting, and performance all while positing fundamental questions about the conventional idea of the artwork as an immutable, obdurate pedestalor wall-bound thing. Bringing together pivotal works made between the 1950s and the present, this exhibition focuses on Walther’s ability to transform notions of objecthood and perception through drawings, paintings, fabric sculptures, participatory forms, languagebased works, photographic documentation and archival material.

    • Wed-Sun, 11am -6pm
    • €8/5/3/1,25/0
    • wiels.org
    • Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels, Belgium
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    • 2223

    • Het Veem Theater

      SAYA IKAN/I AM A FISH/IK BEN EEN VIS

      Lily Kiara

      22 & 23 Feb 2014

      Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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    • SAYA IKAN/I AM A FISH is a poetic performance about the resonance of the colonial history of the Dutch East Indies on three generations of Dutch-Indonesians. From the desire to connect and find unity, Liliy Kiara made a piece about migration, choices, perceptions and the rising of questions. SAYA IKAN was first performed in Het Veem Theater in October 2012. Since then, the piece has been seen on different stages. For the reprise in Het Veem Theater she will be accompanied by musician Michael Moore, playing alt clarinet and base clarinet.

    • 8.30pm; Sun (23 Feb) at 4pm
    • €15/12/10/5
    • hetveemtheater.nl
    • Van Diemenstraat 408-410, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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    • Kaaitheater

      Soul Food #8: Philippe Quesne

      Philippe Quesne

      22 Feb 2014

      Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

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    • Art is all very well, but who is the artist who thinks it all up, where does he get his inspiration from and how does he translate this into a gripping scene, a haunting text, a meaningful movement? Questions major and minor, answers profound and light-hearted, these will be dished up to you at Soul Food, together with a tasty bite and a good glass of wine. Afterwards you plunge into the performance in a satisfied and happy mood. Hostess for the Soul Food evenings is the journalist Anna Luyten.

    • 6pm
    • €12, excl. perf. ticket
    • kaaitheater.be
    • 20 square Sainctelette, 1000 Brussels, BE
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    • 2627

    • Vooruit

      Méduses

      Vincent Glowinski

      26 & 27 Feb 2014

      Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Gent (BE)

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    • Human Brush is a video display for the graphic tracking and marking of movement. Gestures traces and draws. A camera installed vertically above the stage captures the performer’s movements. Images are processed in realtime, overlaid, and retro-projected on the main screen on stage. The performer’s movements draw primitive living morphologies and architectures. Are we these forms’ designers, or are there primitive patterns guiding our movements?

    • n/a
    • n/a
    • vooruit.be
    • Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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    • NBprojects

      Shirokuro

      Tomoko Mukaiyama, Nicole Beutler, Jean Kalman

      27 Feb 2014

      Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)

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    • The literal meaning of the Japanese title Shirokuro is ‘white-black’. Shirokuro defines contrasts. Darkness accentuates light. Sound accentuates silence. The idea of hell delineates heaven. Playfulness is intensified by confrontation with directness. Galina Ustvolskaja’s compositions Piano Sonata No. 6 and No. 5 are the beating heart of Shirokuro. Dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting designer Jean Kalman have created a work of such precision and unrelenting energy that it challenges the audience to face their own existential contrasts.

    • 8.15pm
    • €21/18
    • rotterdamseschouwburg.nl
    • Schouwburgplein 25, 3012 CL Rotterdam, NL
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        • 1631

        • Weltkulturen Museum

          FOREIGN EXCHANGE

          Peggy Buth, Marie Angeletti, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, a.o.

          16 Jan-31 Dec 2014

          Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt (DE)

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        • FOREIGN EXCHANGE (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger) is an account of certain disturbing ways of visualising human beings in the name of science; of the transformation of the human body into that of an object; of the fascination with the Other; of the passion for collecting; of the mission to preserve remote cultures for all eternity; of the need to find systems for that task. And it’s an account of the role that is ultimately always played by money and trade.

        • Tue-Sun, 11am – 6pm; Wed, 11am -8pm
        • € 7/3,50
        • weltkulturenmuseum.de
        • Schaumainkai 29, 60594 Frankfurt, Germany
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        • 2613

        • Mediamatic

          FACELESS. Seduction, surveillance, privacy

          Marina Abramovic, Martin Backes, Jeremy Bailey, a.o.

          26 Jan-13 Apr 2014

          Mediamatic, Amsterdam

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        • This exhibition shows the trend to hide, alter or mask the face. A trend visible in art, fashion and the media since the turn of the century. From avant-garde masks to works that force open a dialogue with facial recognition software, surveillance cameras, and drones. An exhibition on seduction, surveillance and privacy. With 100+ artworks, workshops on anonymity as a form of rebellion, lectures and more.

        • Wed-Sun, 1-6pm
        • €5/3
        • mediamatic.net
        • VOC-kade 10, 1018 LG Amsterdam
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        • 0813

        • de Appel arts centre

          Asco (exhibition)

          artists collective Asco

          8 Feb-13 Apr 2014

          De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam

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        • An exhibition revolving around the Chicano collective Asco, who from 1972 through 1987 realized numerous interventions in public spaces. Asco’s performances in and around East LA resembled scenes from movies that were never made – or fashion shoots, or promotional images of rock bands. They called some of these No Movies. Their actions were done without notice or permission in a public spaces fraught with political and racial tensions, and sometimes under police curfews; the imagery they used was linked to fantasy and fiction. Asco always remained on a dangerous political edge. Realized in cooperation with Nottingham Contemporary and CAPC Bordeaux.

        • Tue-Sat, 12-8pm; Sun, 12-6pm
        • €7/4,50
        • deappel.nl
        • Prins Hendrikkade 142, 1011 AT Amsterdam
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        • 2111

        • WIELS

          Franz Erhard Walther

          Franz Erhard Walther

          21 Feb-11 May 2014

          WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (BE)

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        • Franz Erhard Walther’s exhibition offers an in-depth look at an influential German artist whose pioneering work straddles minimalist sculpture, conceptual art, abstract painting, and performance all while positing fundamental questions about the conventional idea of the artwork as an immutable, obdurate pedestalor wall-bound thing. Bringing together pivotal works made between the 1950s and the present, this exhibition focuses on Walther’s ability to transform notions of objecthood and perception through drawings, paintings, fabric sculptures, participatory forms, languagebased works, photographic documentation and archival material.

        • Wed-Sun, 11am -6pm
        • €8/5/3/1,25/0
        • wiels.org
        • Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels, Belgium
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        • 2606

        • Siemens Stiftung

          I’M HERE (installation)

          Julian Hetzel

          26 Mar-6 Apr 2014

          Zona Microcentro, Buenos Aires (AR)

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        • The project CHANGING PLACES/ESPACIOS REVELADOS exchanges the interior of the theatre for the wide scenery of the capital. Abandoned residential and commercial buildings, imposing empty banks, a railroad bridge over the Riachuelo, and terraces high above the city, as well as walls and facades in public places are converted into a stage by outstanding theater and performance artists. Even if social issues are omnipresent in the public space, they come closer to us through location transformation. With his installation “I’M HERE,” Julian Hetzel enables an encounter with a homeless person whom he moves off the streets into an empty house.

        • Thurs, Fri: 5-10pm; Sat, Sun: 3-10pm
        • Free admission
        • siemens-stiftung.org
        • Edificio Lanusse, San Martín 236, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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        • 0305

        • Het Veem Theater

          “The Spoon Boy : Do not try and bend the spoon (…)”

          Maria Peralta, Simon Asencio, a.o.

          3, 4 & 5 Apr 2014

          Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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        • Yearly at the end of the season, Het Veem Theater presents in collaboration with the Amsterdam School for the Arts (AHK) the gradation performances and – festivals of the School for New Dance Development and the Mime School. “The Spoon Boy : Do not try and bend the spoon… that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth..” is a program of the School for New Dance Development and was realized in close collaboration with Het Veem Theater. The performance installation “- spective” of Simon Ascencio is shown at Looiersgracht 60, a project space for Art, Design, Architecture and Science.

        • 8.30pm
        • €15/12/10/5
        • hetveemtheater.nl
        • Van Diemenstraat 408-410 1013 MX Amsterdam
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        • 0305

        • Para Site

          Para Site International Conference 2014

          Andre Lepecki, Boris Buden, a.o.

          3, 4 & 5 Apr 2014

          Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong (HK)

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        • Para Site is proud to present “Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? The new performance turn, its histories and its institutions.” The 2014 edition of Para Site’s International Conference is an international forum discussing the renewed encounter between dance and performance and the institutions of global contemporary art, marking one of the most significant set of developments in the art field over the last decade. Guests of this session include amongst others: Andre Lepecki, Boris Buden, Xavier Le Roy, and Bojana Cvejic. The conference is free of charge to the public. Live streaming is available at www.para-site.org.hk.

        • n/a
        • Free admission
        • para-site.org.hk
        • 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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        • 03

        • Stedelijk Museum

          Stage It! (Part 3) – SCRIPTED

          Mathieu Copeland

          3 Apr 2014

          Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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        • The Stedelijk Museum is proud to present the third and final installment of the Stage It! performance series. Stage It! (Part 3): SCRIPTED (3 April – 10 May 2014) invites artists Brendan Fernandes, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, and Michael Portnoy, as well as scholars Mathieu Copeland, Joe Kelleher, Sophie Berrebi, and Kati Röttger to reflect on the role of the script in contemporary visual art performance. The series will feature four performance works (of which three are new commissions) and two lecture events. For the full programme, visit: stedelijk.nl/en/calendar/performances/stage-it-part-3-scripted

        • 8pm
        • Entrance price + €2,50
        • reservations@stedelijk.nl
        • Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
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        • 0405

        • CORPUS

          «THAT’S IT!» + 3 free minutes staged lecture on a work

          Joëlle Tuerlinckx

          4 & 5 Apr 2014

          Tate Modern, London (UK)

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        • On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 April, Joëlle Tuerlinckx presents a new piece in response to Tate Modern’s auditorium. The artist works with the core elements of the space – screen, projector, sound system, blinds and lighting as ‘actors’ in an opera set to music, creating a choreography of the space. If I Can’t Dance will present the performance in a new form at Het Veem Theater the following week, and the piece will travel on to Playground Festival in Leuven (STUK & Museum M) later in the year.

        • 7.30pm
        • £8
        • tate.org.uk
        • Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
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        • 04

        • NBprojects

          Shirokuro

          Tomoko Mukaiyama, Nicole Beutler, Jean Kalman

          4 Apr 2014

          Odeon, Zwolle (NL)

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        • The literal meaning of the Japanese title Shirokuro is ‘white-black’. Shirokuro defines contrasts. Darkness accentuates light. Sound accentuates silence. The idea of hell delineates heaven. Playfulness is intensified by confrontation with directness. Galina Ustvolskaja’s compositions Piano Sonata No. 6 and No. 5 are the beating heart of Shirokuro. Dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting designer Jean Kalman have created a work of such precision and unrelenting energy that it challenges the audience to face their own existential contrasts.

        • 8.30pm
        • €19/16
        • odeon.nl
        • Blijmarkt 25, 8011 ND Zwolle, The Netherlands
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        • Tweetakt en Kaap

          dUb (performance)

          fABULEUS & Karolien Verlinden/Tuning People

          5 Apr 2014

          Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht (NL)

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        • dUb neemt je mee in de wereld van de bruiteurs – de klankspecialisten die geluiden produceren voor films. dUb creëert een bevreemdende wereld waarin niet alleen elk geluid maar ook elke beweging gecomponeerd is. Reken op een energieke, explosieve dansvoorstelling met een grote groep jonge dansers. Een voorstelling die een kleine kortsluiting in je hersenen laat ontstaan, en die je anders naar de wereld laat luisteren.

        • 8.30pm
        • €15,50/10/7,50
        • tweetakt-kaap.nl
        • Lucasbolwerk 24, 3512 EJ Utrecht, The Netherlands
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        • Tweetakt en Kaap

          Solid Gold + Jolie (performance)

          Ula Sickle, Dinozord, Jolie Ngemi, Yann Leguay

          8 & 9 Apr 2014

          Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)

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        • De Canadees-Brusselse choreografe Ula Sickle maakt twee solo’s met twee jonge dansers uit Kinshasa, Congo: Dinozord en Jolie Ngemi. Allebei zijn autodidact. Solid Gold en Jolie tonen de energie, wilskracht en de creativiteit van de Congolese jeugd. Bij beide solo’s creëert muzikant Yann Leguay live een ongelofelijke soundscape. Hij maakt gebruik van de geluiden die de dansers maken, hun stemmen, hun voetstappen en hun ademhaling. Soms is het geluid zo bevreemdend dat je niet eens meer kunt horen hoe de danser het gemaakt heeft.

        • Tue 1.30pm, 8.30pm; Wed 8.30pm
        • €15,50/10/7,50
        • tweetakt-kaap.nl
        • Ganzenmarkt 14, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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        • 0910

        • Frascati Theater

          Positions (theater)

          Ivana Müller

          9 & 10 Apr 2014

          Frascati Theater, Amsterdam

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        • Alles is verhandelbaar in onze economie: spullen, ideeën, werkkracht, emotie, waarheid en leugens. In Positions verkennen vier spelers de uiterste consequenties van dit principe. Met hun hele identiteit als kapitaal storten ze zich in een zwarte markt zonder grenzen, een vrolijk maar bloedserieus kinderspel. Er wordt geïnvesteerd, geboden, gekocht, geruild en doorverhandeld. Wat begint als een onschuldig spelletje, geeft gaandeweg meer en meer te denken. Kan je echt alles (ver)kopen? En wat is ‘waarde’ eigenlijk? Welkom bij de spannendste economieles van je leven!

        • 8.30pm
        • €17/13,50
        • frascatitheater.nl
        • De Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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          Shirokuro

          Tomoko Mukaiyama, Nicole Beutler, Jean Kalman

          11 Apr 2014

          Schouwburg De Lawei, Drachten (NL)

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        • The literal meaning of the Japanese title Shirokuro is ‘white-black’. Shirokuro defines contrasts. Darkness accentuates light. Sound accentuates silence. The idea of hell delineates heaven. Playfulness is intensified by confrontation with directness. Galina Ustvolskaja’s compositions Piano Sonata No. 6 and No. 5 are the beating heart of Shirokuro. Dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting designer Jean Kalman have created a work of such precision and unrelenting energy that it challenges the audience to face their own existential contrasts.

        • 8pm
        • €17,50/15
        • delawei.nl
        • Burgemeester Wuiteweg 24, 9203 KL Drachten, NL
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        • 1112

        • Beursschouwburg

          Your Brother. Remember?

          Zachary Oberzan

          11 & 12 Apr 2014

          Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

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        • An elaborate experiment with the concept of Before-and-After photographs, Your brother. Remember? splices and dices home videos, Hollywood film footage, and live performance. As kids in rural America, Zachary and his older brother Gator loved making home versions of their favorite films, most notably Jean-Claude Van Damme’s karate opus Kickboxer, and the notorious cult film Faces of Death. Then twenty years passed. Estranged from his family, Zack returned to his childhood home to re-create these films, shot for shot, as precisely as possible -but now seen through a twenty-year lens of emotional and physical wear and tear.

        • 8.30pm
        • €15/12/10/8
        • beursschouwburg.be
        • Auguste Ortsstraat 20-28, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
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        • 1113

        • Museum Ludwig

          Pierre Huyghe (ex­hi­bi­tion)

          Pierre Huyghe

          11 Apr-13 Jul 2014

          Museum Ludwig, Cologne (DE)

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        • Pierre Huyghe, ma­jor fig­ure in the in­ter­na­tio­n­al con­tem­po­rary art scene, has been work­ing with time-based si­t­u­a­tions and has ex­plored the ex­hi­bi­tion pro­cess from the 90’s and ear­ly 2000s. His works take on such di­verse forms as liv­ing sys­tems, ob­jects, films, pho­to­graphs, draw­ings and mu­sic. The ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is the first ma­jor sur­vey of his work to date in Ger­many, bring­ing to­gether over 60 works and pro­jects.

        • Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm
        • €25,50/13/8,50
        • museum-ludwig.de
        • Hein­rich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Cologne, Germany
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        • 1213

        • If I Can't Dance

          «THAT’S IT!» + 3 free minutes staged lecture on a work

          Joëlle Tuerlinckx

          12 & 13 Apr 2014

          Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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        • On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 April If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution presents the performance «THAT’S IT!» (+3 FREE minutes) of Joëlle Tuerlinckx with a soundtrack by Christoph Fink at Het Veem Theater. Tuerlinckx works with the core elements of the space – screen, projector, sound system, blinds and lighting as ‘actors’ in an opera set to music, creating a choreography of the space. The performance is staged at Tate Modern on 4 and 5 April, and will travel on to Playground Festival in Leuven (STUK & Museum M) later in the year.

        • 8.30pm
        • €15/12/10/5
        • hetveemtheater.nl
        • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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        • Het Veem Theater

          All Things; archeology of a space object (work in progress)

          Norberto Llopis Segarra

          13 Apr 2014

          Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (ES)

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        • Norberto Llopis Segarra’s works completely reshuffle the way we look at ‘things’; there is not such a thing as a body that doesn’t relate to each and everything that surrounds it. His previous work – STUFF (2012) – as Marnix Rummens described it: “(…) jeopardize[d] the traditional distinction between objectivity and subjectivity: the way we look at the things and the impression they make on us, are inextricably linked. It plays with our expectations and desire to understand the world. His performances are processes of detaching things from their usual understanding. In essence, Segarra’s performances are scripts or methods aimed to keep your mind open.”

        • 6.30pm
        • Free admission
        • ca2m.org
        • Avda. Constitución 23, 28931 Móstoles, Madrid, ES
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        • 14

        • Ostade A’dam

          APERA (opera)

          WILco, Egidius Kwartet, Marien Jongewaard

          14 Apr 2014

          Ostade A’dam, Amsterdam

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        • In de APERA voert het Egidius Kwartet uiterst beschaafde apen in rokkostuum ten tonele. Componiste Huba de Graaff ontdekte in haar onderzoek naar de zangkunst van apen treffende overeenkomsten met middeleeuwse meerstemmige zang. De trage, polyfone zanglijnen, die letterlijk zijn gebaseerd op authentieke apenzang, zijn van een eindeloze schoonheid. Een nerveuze concertbezoeker, gespeeld door Marien Jongewaard, kijkt toe. Ooit was hij zelf een winnaar maar het podium is door de apen veroverd.

        • 8.30pm
        • €13/11
        • ostadetheater.nl
        • Van Ostadestraat 233d, 1073 TN Amsterdam
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        • Arti et Amicitiae

          The Door To Heaven

          Gertjan Franciscus

          17 Apr 2014

          Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

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        • “The nymph of the well fell in love with him, and tried to win his affections, but in vain. Once when he was bathing in the well, she embraced him, and prayed to the gods that they might permit her to remain united with him for ever. The gods granted the request, and the bodies of the youth and the nymph became united in such a manner that the two together could not be called either a man or a woman, on becoming aware of the change, prayed that in future every one who bathed in the well should be metamorphosed into…” (Source: dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology)

        • 8pm
        • €7,50
        • arti.nl
        • Rokin 112, 1012 LB Amsterdam
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        • If I Can't Dance

          Appropriation and Dedication

          Reading Group

          23 Apr 2014

          If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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        • If I Can’t Dance’s Reading Group started in 2006 and has been taking place monthly ever since. The Reading Group is a gathering of artists, critical thinkers, writers and various other readers from in- and outside the field of contemporary art, who come together at our office on Westerdok to discuss new topics and directions in performative art practice and their relation to social and political issues. The Reading Group’s monthly reading material is currently accruing through investigation into the thematic of Appropriation and Dedication. If you are interested to participate, please send an email to info@ificantdance.org.

        • Free admission
        • info@ificantdance.org
        • Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
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        • 2425

        • Het Veem Theater

          3forMTD

          students SNDO and MTD

          24 & 25 Apr 2014

          Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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        • The collaboration between 3rd years choreographers of the SNDO and dancers from 2nd year of the Modern Theatre Dance program, have become part of the tradition of presenting students works from the various performance, -dance and -mime programs of the Amsterdam School for the Art in Het Veem Theater. The exchange works as follows: The SNDO 3 students get a carte blanche to create a choreography for the dancers of MTD – and the responsibility that comes with that freedom. Together they get to experience all the facets of creating an autonomous work.

        • 8.30pm
        • €15/12/10/5
        • hetveemtheater.nl
        • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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        • 2423

        • Palais de Tokyo

          Flamme éternelle

          Thomas Hirschhorn

          24 Apr-23 Jun 2014

          Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)

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        • For the second part of L’État du ciel (The State of the Sky), Palais de Tokyo welcomes Thomas Hirschhorn’s installation Flamme éternelle (Eternal Flame), devoted to the relationships between art and philosophy and activated by the presence of nearly 200 intellectuals and poets. Thomas Hirschhorn considers “Eternal Flame” as his own temporary studio, like a welcome center for intellectuals who are left free to consider their intervention or their mere presence outside of any obligation towards the institution to engage in “cultural moderation”. Find the complete participants list on flamme-eternelle.com

        • Daily from noon to midnight, except on Tuesdays
        • Free admission
        • palaisdetokyo.com
        • 13 Ave. du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France
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        • 25

        • kabk

          80 Words

          Sarah van Lamsweerde

          25 Apr 2014

          Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague (NL)

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        • 80 Words is a project about what happens to a language when there are only 80 words to speak it. Are words still a reliable currency, now that “freedom of speech” suffers from heavy inflation? What happens to the imagination when communication is reduced to the minimum? Can (self)censorship be a good thing?

        • t.b.a.
        • t.b.a.
        • kabk.nl
        • Prinsessegracht 4, 2514 AN The Hague, NL
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          Shirokuro

          Tomoko Mukaiyama, Nicole Beutler, Jean Kalman

          25 Apr 2014

          Teo Otto Theater, Remscheid (DE)

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        • The literal meaning of the Japanese title Shirokuro is ‘white-black’. Shirokuro defines contrasts. Darkness accentuates light. Sound accentuates silence. The idea of hell delineates heaven. Playfulness is intensified by confrontation with directness. Galina Ustvolskaja’s compositions Piano Sonata No. 6 and No. 5 are the beating heart of Shirokuro. Dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting designer Jean Kalman have created a work of such precision and unrelenting energy that it challenges the audience to face their own existential contrasts.

        • 7.30pm
        • €32/27/22
        • remscheid.de
        • Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 31-33, 42853 Remscheid, Germany
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        • Het Veem Theater

          The Harvest

          Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea

          26 Apr 2014

          The Art Stations Foundation, Poznan (PL)

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        • In The Harvest we proclaim the theatre room as a “fertile ground”. Just like the cultivation field when its fruits are ripe, right at the harvesting season. We will amass the attention and concentration within the performative space. In order to achieve the above we will parcel, plow and seed the stage terrain in front of your eyes. We will sow manifold kinetic sculptures and let them resonate during a 60 minute workday. Nurturing the movement with artificial stage lamps and stimulating its growth through means of recorded sound.

        • 7pm
        • tba
        • artstationsfoundation5050.com
        • Pólwiejska 42, 61-888 Poznan, Poland
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        • 2715

        • de Appel arts centre

          Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning? (exhibition)

          Michael Portnoy, Justin Gosker, a.o.

          27 Apr-15 Jun 2014

          De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam

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        • Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning 1 is a project curated by the participants of de Appel Curatorial Programme. It unfolds in multiple parts: a prelude, a show, a series of events, footnotes and a publication – which bring together a score of newly commissioned art works and texts, to be presented across time and space. The impetus for the creation of these new works has been conjured from the ashes of historical non-events, circling the question: What if the art institution went up in flames?

        • Tue-Sat, 12-8pm; Sun, 12-6pm
        • €7/4,50
        • deappel.nl
        • Prins Hendrikkade 142, 1011 AT Amsterdam
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        Close sidenote

        5 Days Off

        Each year, during the beginning of March, groups of musicians and visitors from all over Europe and the United States arrive in Amsterdam to participate in this electronic music festival. Inspired by Belgium’s 10 Days Off festival, 5 Days Off is the first multi-day indoor dance event in the Netherlands. It has grown out of a fairly small festival in the Amsterdam Melkweg into a true city-wide festival, which now also involves Paradiso and De Balie.

        Nowadays, 5 Days Off is an important cultural meeting with a reputation reaching far across the borders, giving its young public five days of nightclubbing, live shows and performances. Since 2001, the organization puts together a program which contains a strong mix of acknowledged names and upcoming talents from the Netherlands and abroad. The organization is continuously following the latest developments within the ever evolving music industry and club culture. The festival attracts more than twenty thousand visitors annually.

        Five nights in a row, the best artists will be performing in the Melkweg and Paradiso. In the past, 5 Days Off has featured performances by Daft Punk, The Gaslamp Killer, SBTRKT, Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus, Jeff Mills, Dizzee Rascal and Monolake. Before the nighttime program kicks off, the festival presents an Art program in De Balie. This is a diverse side program that gives a platform to other art disciplines like film, photography, media art, graphic design, fashion, and lifestyle. The festival will take place from Wednesday 5 to Sunday, March 9, 2014.

        Check out the full programme here

         
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        Sick! Festival

        SICK! is a ground-breaking new festival exploring the physical, mental and social challenges of life and death and how we survive them (or don’t). Presenting an international, cross art-form programme of performance, film, public installations and debates, the festival seeks out new ways of talking about and dealing with difficult issues, ways that are unflinching, informed, irreverent and humane. It is a reflection on those experiences that are most personal to us, but which somehow connect us all as individuals with bodies, minds and lives that sometimes go wrong. SICK! shines a light on issues that often remain hidden, taboo or misunderstood in daily life exploring themes including adolescence, mental illness, ageing, abuse and death. It is also a celebration of survival, of individual resilience, medical knowledge and the social bonds that keep us going. In 2014 the festival will explore a range of issues including adolescence, mental illness, ageing and death.

        More information – sickfestival.com

         
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        Cinedans 2014

        Cinedans – Dance on Screen Festival – is unique in the Netherlands and in the world. The central focus of the festival is on dance film. Cinedans sees the ideal dance film as a true synthesis between the two media of dance and cinematography. At Cinedans the emphasis lies on choreographies created specifically for the camera and on special film adaptations of existing dance performances.

        The festival also features a selection of special documentaries and retrospectives. Approximately 90 films from all over the world will be screened at this year’s festival. In addition to the film programme, Cinedans festival organises readings, panels and presents installations throughout the EYE.

        In the ever-changing media landscape, creators are increasingly seeking different ways to tell their stories. New media and modern technology have entered the scene bringing new possibilities and insights. Dance film is no longer ‘movement on the black screen’, with new forms being developed such as installations, video clips, interactive projects and more. Contemporary dance films are often autonomous art works with a language of their own and an expressiveness that cannot be pigeonholed. Cinedans closely follows these movements. In addition to the film programme, the festival focuses on various forms of crossover projects and media installations that involve movement.

        For more information about Cinedans 2014 (March 12–16, 2014), visit cinedans.nl

         
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        Voice ~ Creature Of Transition

        In January, February and March 2014, through lectures, performances, master classes, reading groups, film screenings, a research-website and a 120 person choir, the Rietveld Academie will embark on a new, exhaustive artistic research collaboration. An increasing number of makers and thinkers, in sweeping and often groundbreaking ways are concerned with the phenomenon of “voice”. Numerous exhibitions, symposia and publications continue to be dedicated to the physical, mythical, psychoanalytic, political, philosophical, legal and performative potential of “voice”.

        Voice ~ Creature Of Transition will consist of two parts. Beginning with a preliminary research trajectory between January 8 and March 14, when a wide variety of guests from various disciplines and creeds will come to the Rietveld Academie and take the floor to share their knowledge and ideas with the community in an educational setting, while simultaneously objects, installations and performances will be developed by the students themselves.

        By looking into theory, literature, film, theater, (visual) art, popular culture and society at large, the 800 bachelor students in art and design at the Rietveld Academie will be invited to ask themselves what vistas ‘voice’ is offering us at the dawn of the 21st century.

        In March the students will all leave the academy for a five day “residency” at the Brakke Grond. Under the overriding title Voice ~ Creature Of Transition, Rietveld Uncut will kick off on Wednesday March 19 with an energetic and experimental line up of performative projects and installations realised by the students. Next to that Studium Generale Rietveld Academie invited 4 acclaimed curators (from Amsterdam, London, New York and Berlin/Prague) to each inaugurate a discursive and performative program of one day. In their scintillating company plus that of the artists, poets, musicians, writers, thinkers and activists they’ve teamed up with, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie will temporarily take over all spaces at the Brakke Grond and infuse them with a thought-provoking assemblage of voices.

        For more information visit: voicecreatureoftransition.rietveldacademie.nl

         
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        Antigone

        Antigone, the first collaborative work by choreographer Nicole Beutler and theatre maker Ulrike Quade, is a visual adaptation of the Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 442BC. The co-directors couple the themes explored by the original with current issues, focusing on the question of how free our actions truly are. Antigone weighs up the two sisters’ ideas. It’s not easy to take sides with one or the other. What is good; what is evil? Their internal motives are revealed in a manipulative game played between performers and puppets.
The puppets were made in Japan especially for this production by Watanabe Kazunori in the bunraku theatre tradition.

        Antigone
        Tour March – April 2014

        – Nicole Beutler & Ulrike Quade


        20 March, 8.30pm
        Auray Centre Athena, Auray (FR)

        www.auray.fr


        19 April, 8.30pm
        Frouard Festival, Geoconde (FR)

        www.tgpfrouard.fr


        22 April, 8.30pm
        Festival les Moissons, Lyon (FR)

        Festival les Moissons d’avril


        23 + 24 April, 8.30pm
        Theatre Bourg en Bresse (FR)

        www.theatre-bourg.com/Antigone.html


        29 April, 8.30pm
        Theatre du fil de l’eau, Paris

        www.theatredelamarionnette.com

         
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        Festival Cement

        Festival Cement is het podium voor de nieuwe generatie Nederlandse en Vlaamse theatermakers, choreografen en schrijvers. Tijdens het festival presenteren de makers zich aan een publiek van (inter)nationale professionals, theater- en dansliefhebbers. Festival Cement vindt elk voorjaar plaats in ’s-Hertogenbosch, met de Verkadefabriek als festivalhart.

        Voor meer informatie en het programma van Festival Cement 2014 (26 t/m 29 maart 2014): festivalcement.nl

         
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        Performance Exhibition programme

        Ellen de Bruijne Projects presents a performance exhibition programme, including amongst others Momu & No Es, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Snejanka Mihaylova, Erkka Nissinen and Falke Pisano.

        Tell/Sell, a common story
        – Sarah van Lamsweerde.
        This performance, especially created for a gallery context, will take the form of an auction, where instead of an art work, a story will be the subject of selling.

        Inner Stage Poster
        – Snejanka Mihaylova
        Snejanka Mihaylova’s Inner Stage Poster presents the introductory chapter of Mihaylova’s forthcoming publication in the form of a signature print of 100 copies. The development of her publication takes place over time, in tandem with the various stages of the project Inner Stage, and attempts to forge a closer bond between publishing and performance.

        Apocalyptic visions
        Momu & No Es are bringing their latest screening Performance Apocalyptic Visions; an adaptation of their performance “I’m sick of thinking that my dead friends have gone to the Canary Islands”. Apocalyptic Visions proposes a scenario to manifest and materialize leisure, images and actions that we consume as entertainment and spectacle, through an uninhibited attitude to cultural beliefs.

        Tell/Sell, a common story
        – Sarah van Lamsweerde

        Exhibition:
        28 January – 01 February 2014

        Performance dates:
        Thursday 30 January, 8pm
        Friday 31 January, 8pm
        Saturday 01 February, 4pm 


        Inner Stage Poster
         Snejanka Mihaylova

        Exhibition:
        28 January – 22 February 2014

        Presentation:
        Friday 14 February, 6pm


        Apocalyptic visions
         Momu & No Es

        Exhibition:
        22 – 25 January 2014

        Performance:
        Saturday 25 January, 7pm

         
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        Stage It! (Part 3): SCRIPTED

        The Stedelijk Museum is proud to present the third and final installment of the Stage It! performance series. Stage It! (Part 3): SCRIPTED (3 Apr – 10 May 2014) invites artists Brendan Fernandes, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, and Michael Portnoy, as well as scholars Mathieu Copeland, Joe Kelleher, Sophie Berrebi, and Kati Röttger to reflect on the role of the script in contemporary visual art performance. The series will feature four performance works (of which three are new commissions) and two lecture events.

        What is the object of performance art? Being a medium that is temporal and thus ephemeral, performance has always resisted the prevailing categories of visual art, which presupposes the existence of a tangible and (semi-) permanent object. In her book Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (1993), scholar Peggy Phelan celebrates the incapacity of performance to become an “object” as a means of political resistance to the capitalist structures of the art market at large. In turn, this raises the question of performance documentation and re-enactment: can a performance only exist once, as a unique moment in space and time, or can we experience a performance again through (audio, video, and/or photographic) documentation or a re-staging of the work? In fact, many of the early visual art performance works from the 1960s and 1970s are now exhibited as video or documentary works.

        The question about the ontology of performance – that is to say, the relationships between performance as a singular event and the documents that emerge from it – is further complicated by the increasing tendency of artists to use a script in the development of their performance work. The script becomes an object through which the eventual performance is imagined and subsequently executed and, in some cases, re-enacted. This not only adds another “object” to the equation of performance event and document(ation), but also radically changes the work’s potential to be re-enacted, endlessly if you will. Whereas historical performance often used chance, improvisation, and repetition as key elements in the work, the presence of a script sets new and more calculated parameters. In addition, it changes the status of the artist’s own body, as scripted performance more often than not relies on professional or amateur actors and performers, other than the artist to perform the script.

        It would be too bold a statement to say that scripted performance is an entirely new phenomenon, as there are many examples of Fluxus performance that made use of a written object that prescribed the performance event. Also, the interrelations between those kind of historical performances and Conceptual Art (in particular works that exist only as an instruction) have yet to be researched more thoroughly. The historical references also point toward a question of terminology. The term “script” is obviously borrowed from a theatrical vocabulary. Other expressions of a prescriptive document for performance are “score,” “choreography,” and “notation” or “scenario,” drawn from music, dance, and film/television, respectively. A singular vocabulary to describe the object that preempts a performance as event has yet to be developed. On the other hand, the myriad borrowing of terms points toward the fundamental interdisciplinary nature of visual art performance and important historical precedents in Fluxus, performance art, and Conceptual Art, such as the work of John Cage, Yoko Ono, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman, and many others.

        Stage It! (Part 3): SCRIPTED aims to collect the questions regarding the use of script in (contemporary) performance art, thereby raising an awareness that may serve as a point of departure for further research. Through four performances by contemporary artists working in the field of performance, the program is constructed associatively around the issues at hand. Each work explores a variety of functions of the script: as an object that never fully materializes in the performance; as an object that constitutes the performance as event; as an object that is (in)visible in the performance; as an object in itself that is not dependent on the performance; etc. The lecture program serves as a discursive framework to further elaborate on the position of the script – or some other variable term – as a key “object” in historical and contemporary visual art performance.

        Full programme (3 Apr – 10 May 2014)
        For more information and reservations, visit: www.stedelijk.nl


        Lecture events

        – Mathieu Copeland
        3 April, 8pm
        Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum

        – Joe Kelleher, Sophie Berrebi & Kati Ruttger
        17 April, 7.30pm
        Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum

        Performances

        The Working Move (2012/2014)
        – Brendan Fernandes
        18 April, 1.30pm
        Schiphol Lounge, Stedelijk Museum

        Pil & Galia Kollectiv
        – Pil & Galia Kollectiv
        24 April, 8pm
        Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum

        A Family Portrait (2014)
        – Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen
        1 May, 8pm; 3 May, 3.30pm
        Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum; installation on view 1–4 May

        100 Beautiful Jokes (2014)
        – Michael Portnoy
        10 May, 1pm
        Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum