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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 0213

  • Tate Modern

    A Chronicle of Interventions

    José Castrellón, Óscar Figueroa, a.o.

    2 May-13 Jul 2014

    Tate Modern, London (UK)

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  • Tate Modern’s Project Space presents the exhibition A Chronicle of Interventions, a curatorial-collaboration between Tate Modern in London and TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. The exhibition explores the multiple histories of intervention that have occurred throughout Central America during the 20th century through the work of eight practicing artists who each address various foreign, economic, political and military interventions which have shaped the region. For more information, visit: tate.org.uk

  • Sun-Thurs, 10am-6pm; Fri, Sat, 10am-10pm
  • Free admission
  • tate.org.uk
  • Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
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  • 0411

  • Het Veem Theater

    Idioter

    Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens

    4-11 May 2014

    Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

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  • In Idioter Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens work together. They create a concert performance where the music supports Alma’s way to intensely play with rhythm and Hendrik’s geometric landscape drawings. First of all there will be music. Idioter is a noisy electronic concert with a strong rhythmical drive. It flirts with concrete music and concrete poetry. Secondly Idioter consists of Hendrik’s drawings. He draws geometrical landscapes disappearing in a single vanishing point. He draws this drawing over and over again, thus expanding the landscape to a theme; again and again you find yourself drawn into the same nothingness.

  • 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 May: 8.30pm; 9, 10 May: 10pm
  • €16/12
  • kunstenfestivaldesarts.be
  • Rue Auguste Ortsstraat 20-28, 1000 Brussels, BE
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  • 05

  • Het Veem Theater

    APNEA

    Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea

    5 May 2014

    INKONST Festival, Malmö (SE)

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  • Immersion is the main focus in APNEA: the creation of a space in suspension, as though underwater; physically and mentally suspended. Deprived of the presence of any water, sound waves become the substitute of the liquid element. Aiming to ‘immortalize’ the body by means of air privation, specifically during water submersion, we are seeking to dive into a temporal territory. To arrive to that place of discomfort created by the lack of oxygen and water pressure. To dwell that state and unfold a performative event that will confront us with what it is normally taken for granted: the vital and constant presence of air all around us.

  • 7pm
  • 150/90 SEK
  • inkonst.com
  • Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Sweden
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  • 05

  • Het Veem Theater

    APNEA

    Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea

    5 May 2014

    INKONST Festival, Malmö (SE)

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  • Immersion is the main focus in APNEA: the creation of a space in suspension, as though underwater; physically and mentally suspended. Deprived of the presence of any water, sound waves become the substitute of the liquid element. Aiming to ‘immortalize’ the body by means of air privation, specifically during water submersion, we are seeking to dive into a temporal territory. To arrive to that place of discomfort created by the lack of oxygen and water pressure. To dwell that state and unfold a performative event that will confront us with what it is normally taken for granted: the vital and constant presence of air all around us.

  • 7pm
  • 150/90 SEK
  • inkonst.com
  • Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Sweden
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  • 06

  • de Appel arts centre

    Wat is een performance?

    Eva Wittocx, curator contemporary art M Leuven

    6 May 2014

    de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam

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  • Are you interested in contemporary art, but put off by the jargon? Would you like to know precisely what a performance is, whether beauty still counts in art today? Sign up for the six-part thematic course that de Appel arts centre is organizing together with the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. The course offers you clear information on actual tendensies. The evenings will be hosted by experts working in the art field. For this course no foreknowledge is required. The lectures of this course will be in Dutch.

  • 7pm
  • €250 (RSVP)
  • deappel.nl
  • Prins Hendrikkade 142, 1011 AT Amsterdam
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  • 09

  • Ann Demeester, a.o.

    Beyond Allegories

    Ann Demeester, Carolien Gehrels, Jonas Staal, a.o.

    9 May 2014

    Stopera, Amsterdam

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  • The position of art in society has been heavily criticized in recent years. The reproach that government funds are misused merely to serve ‘leftist elites’ is widely heard in the Netherlands. In Beyond Allegories, art does not position itself as a luxury item for an elite, nor is it a speculative object in the art market, or even an instrument of the creative city, but rather it positions itself as a power that aims for a new imagination – and with that, a practice – of the democratic project. For more information, visit: beyondallegories.nl

  • 3.30pm – 10pm
  • Free admission; RSVP
  • reserveren@beyondallegories.nl
  • Amstel 1, 1011 PN Amsterdam
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  • 0911

  • Het Veem Theater

    All Things; archeology of a space object (try out)

    Norberto Llopis Segarra

    9, 10 & 11 May 2014

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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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.”

  • 8.30pm
  • €7/5
  • hetveemtheater.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • 10

  • Oude Kerk

    Nieuwe tijd voor de Oude Kerk

    Tim Hollander & Zeno van den Broek, a.o.

    10 May 2014

    Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

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  • The oldest building of Amsterdam is transforming into a space for contemporary culture. In the run-up to its new programming the Oude Kerk invites you to also reshape its future. On Saturday, May 10th the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam is a stage for scientists, artists, architects, musicians, and cultural initiatives in the city.

  • 12pm – noon
  • €10/7,50/5/2,50
  • oudekerk.nl
  • Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam
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  • 1216

  • basis for Live Art

    FLAM V Festival

    Pedro Manuel, Marta Ziólek, a.o.

    12-16 May 2014

    Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

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  • Van 12 tot 16 mei is Arti et Amicitiae in beweging. Vijf avonden live art en performances van meer dan twintig kunstenaars uit Europa, Zuid-Amerika en Azië. FLAM V is een manifestatie van beeldend kunstenaars en experimentele dans- en theatermakers die het brede spectrum van performance onderzoeken voor iedereen die open staat voor de ervaring van deze bijzondere kunstvorm. Op 14 mei, om 17 uur, organiseert FLAM V een openbaar rondetafelgesprek met speciale gasten van de Universiteit Utrecht, de Rietveld Academie en DasArts.

  • Daily; 8pm – 10.45pm
  • €8; passepartout €20
  • arti.nl
  • Rokin 112, 1012 LB Amsterdam
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  • 14

  • If I Can't Dance

    Appropriation and Dedication

    Reading Group

    14 May 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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  • 1516

  • Het Veem Theater

    Idioter

    Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens

    15 & 16 May 2014

    Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, Göteborg (SE)

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  • In Idioter Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens work together. They create a concert performance where the music supports Alma’s way to intensely play with rhythm and Hendrik’s geometric landscape drawings. First of all there will be music. Idioter is a noisy electronic concert with a strong rhythmical drive. It flirts with concrete music and concrete poetry. Secondly Idioter consists of Hendrik’s drawings. He draws geometrical landscapes disappearing in a single vanishing point. He draws this drawing over and over again, thus expanding the landscape to a theme; again and again you find yourself drawn into the same nothingness.

  • 8pm
  • 300/150 SEK
  • festival.goteborg.se
  • multiple venues
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  • 1517

  • NBprojects

    COME TOGETHER: Beauty, Bauhaus and The Beast

    Nicole Beutler, Andrea Bozic, Keren Levi

    15, 16 & 17 May 2014

    Frascati Theater, Amsterdam

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  • A festival of similarities and differences. The three Amsterdam-based choreographers and directors Nicole Beutler, Andrea Božić and Keren Levi have joined forces for the interdisciplinary festival COME TOGETHER: Beauty, Bauhaus and the Beast on 15, 16 and 17 May 2014. This festival offers audiences a unique opportunity to experience multiple performances in a single context. In the space between the three performances – their similarities, shared fascinations and differences in approach – a fourth performance will come into being, a Zeitgeist performance that spectators will discover for themselves.

  • 8pm
  • €17/13,50
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 17

  • Het Veem Theater

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

    Norberto Llopis Segarra

    17 May 2014

    Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (LI)

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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.”

  • t.b.a.
  • t.b.a.
  • kunstmuseum.li
  • Städtle 32, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
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  • 17

  • NBprojects

    One On One

    Nicole Beutler, students of Amsterdam School of Arts

    17 May 2014

    De Krakeling, Amsterdam

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  • Nicole Beutler made this twenty-minute dance piece together with first-year Modern Theatre Dance students at Amsterdam School of the Arts. Partner dancing is central to it, with standard dances from the 1960s forming the foundation for a group composition in constant motion and flux. The common threads running through all the dances are spatiality, pattern-shifting and the physical dialogue between two dance partners, with the insistent bass lines of DJ and composer Gary Shepherd’s contemporary but timeless soundtrack. One On One is part of Nicole Beutler’s research into partner dance for 4: Still Life.

  • t.b.a.
  • t.b.a.
  • krakeling.nl
  • Nieuwe Passeerdersstraat 1, 1016 XP Amsterdam
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  • 1718

  • SPRING performing arts festival

    Adishatz/Adieu

    Jonathan Capdevielle

    17 & 18 May 2014

    Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)

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  • Like a Virgin, Papa Don’t Preach, Bad Romance… Hits by Madonna and Lady Gaga; who doesn’t know them? Using these universal pop songs the French performer Jonathan Capdevielle conjures up the recognisable vulnerability and authenticity of his childhood. Adishatz/Adieu is a ‘one-man show’ in which Capdevielle reveals himself: man and woman, child and adult, funny and sad, strong and vulnerable. In drag he veers from elegance to coarseness, loneliness to sensitivity, glamour to tristesse. For the full programme of SPRING performing arts festival, visit: springutrecht.nl

  • 17 May, 9pm; 18 May, 8.30pm
  • €20/15
  • springutrecht.nl
  • Lucasbolwerk 24, 3512 EJ Utrecht, NL
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  • 2124

  • Frascati Theater

    MS DOS: Prometheus geketend

    Urland/Productiehuis Rotterdam

    21-24 May 2014

    Frascati Theater, Amsterdam

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  • Welke krachten hebben we ontketend met het internet? Urland maakt een drieluik over de even onmisbare als onbeheersbare virtuele wereld. Deel I wordt een bewegingsvoorstelling over het ontstaan van het Net, gebaseerd op de mythe van Prometheus. Deze Griekse held stal het vuur van de goden en bracht de mens daarmee vooruitgang, zelfontplooiing en moderniteit. Als straf werd hij vastgeketend aan een rots, waar hij machteloos zijn eigen lot en dat van de mensheid moet aanschouwen. Urland brengt dit verhaal naar het heden, een explosieve, muzikale, beeldende performance met een bewegingstaal ontleend aan de binaire codes van het internet.

  • 9pm
  • €15/11,50
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 21

  • If I Can't Dance & Het Veem Theater

    The Sky on Location (screening and Q&A)

    Babette Mangolte, Bianca Stigter

    21 May 2014

    EYE Film Instituut, Amsterdam

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  • The opening night of A Point in the Making – Three Days with Babette Mangolte presents the screening of Mangolte’s 1982 film The Sky on Location, followed by an after talk with the filmmaker led by writer and journalist Bianca Stigter. The Sky on Location (1982, 78 min) conveys a visual experience of nature through Babette Mangolte’s fascination with the American landscape.

  • 7pm
  • €10/8,50/7,5
  • eyefilm.nl
  • IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam
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  • 22

  • Het Veem Theater

    Pulse

    Jolika Sudermann

    22 May 2014

    Theater Heilbronn, Heilbronn (DE)

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  • Five people dance frantically to the stirring rhythm of the music, until ecstasy and exhaustion are near. Gradually each of them loses his individuality and everyone starts to look more and more alike. Ultimately, they transform into a large pulsating animal. Pulse tacks between an ecstatic trip, a techno party and ritual dance. It skims along such themes as identity, collectivity and mass hype.

  • 7.30pm
  • €15
  • theater-heilbronn.de
  • Berliner Platz 1, 74072 Heilbronn, Germany
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  • 22

  • If I Can't Dance & Het Veem Theater

    Masterclass ‘Framing the Performance’

    Babette Mangolte, Fleur van Muiswinkel

    22 May 2014

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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  • As part of A Point in the Making – Three Days with Babette Mangolte, Babette Mangolte contributes to a masterclass for a group of professionals and students from different disciplines including fine arts, dance, film, and art history. Mangolte’s latest film Staging Lateral Pass (2013) is a registration of a choreography by the Trisha Brown Dance Company and is the departure point for conversation. The masterclass is an initiative of curator Fleur Muiswinkel. The masterclass is at invitation only. For more information, write to Fleur van Muiswinkel at fleurvanmuiswinkel@gmail.com.

  • n/a
  • at invitation only
  • fleurvanmuiswinkel@gmail.com
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • 2223

  • SPRING performing arts festival

    The Stages of Staging

    Alexandra Bachzetsis

    22 & 23 May 2014

    Het Huis Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)

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  • With great virtuosity, eleven performers, and a gym for a set, The Stages of Staging questions the way we shape our personalities in today’s world, through social media, sports, sexy songs, personal confessions and private films. Ready to be discovered as the next top model or the best dancer in the Netherlands. Life as a selfie. Because one thing is clear: all the world’s a ‘stage’, and we may be watched 24/7. So we’d better start working out and whip our bodies and faces into maximum shape. The Stages of Staging is a reflection on today’s mediatised society. For the full programme of SPRING performing arts festival, visit: springutrecht.nl

  • 22 May, 9pm; 23 May, 7.15pm
  • €15/10
  • springutrecht.nl
  • Boorstraat 107, 3513 SE Utrecht, NL
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  • 2225

  • NBprojects

    1: SONGS

    Nicole Beutler, performed by Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti

    22-25 May 2014

    Missiehuis Hoorn, Hoorn (NL)

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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.

  • 8pm
  • €16
  • karavaan.nl
  • Blauwe berg 5, 1624 NP Hoorn, NL
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  • 22

  • Witte de With

    Revolving Door

    Allora & Calzadilla, Mor Shani (choreog.)

    22 May 2014

    Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (NL)

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  • As part of the exhibition The Part In The Story Where A part Becomes A Part Of Something Else (22 May – 17 August 2014, see [+]) at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, on the day of the opening, a performance by Allora & Calzadilla will be staged in the exhibition spaces. The piece is titled Revolving Door, a work from 2011 which is now, as per request of the artists, taken on by Rotterdam based choreographer Mor Shani, who will put his own accents into the score of this performance. The piece will be performed only once, by dancers recruited at the Dansateliers in Rotterdam.

  • 5pm – 8pm; performance at 6.30pm
  • Free admission
  • wdw.nl
  • Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, NL
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  • 2324

  • Het Veem Theater

    Idioter

    Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens

    23 & 24 May 2014

    SPRING Performing Arts Festival; loc. Kapitaal, Utrecht (NL)

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  • In Idioter Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens work together. They create a concert performance where the music supports Alma’s way to intensely play with rhythm and Hendrik’s geometric landscape drawings. First of all there will be music. Idioter is a noisy electronic concert with a strong rhythmical drive. It flirts with concrete music and concrete poetry. Secondly Idioter consists of Hendrik’s drawings. He draws geometrical landscapes disappearing in a single vanishing point. He draws this drawing over and over again, thus expanding the landscape to a theme; again and again you find yourself drawn into the same nothingness.

  • 23 May, 10.30pm; 24 May, 7.30pm, 10.30pm
  • €15/10
  • springutrecht.nl
  • Plompetorengracht 4, 3512 CC Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • 23

  • Paradiso

    Einstürzende Neubauten Party

    N.U. Unruh, DJ Cheesy, NoMe, a.o.

    23 May 2014

    Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam

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  • Hauptstadtmusik und Stahlmusik.de present the Annual Neubauten Party, hosted by N.U. Unruh, DJ Cheesy en NoMe (live). Intense emotions, Music, Actions, Exhibition, Screenings, Performances, Interventions. With a screening of 3: The Garden, by Nicole Beutler (scheduled at 8pm).

  • 8.30 pm
  • €12,50/10
  • paradiso.nl
  • Tolhuisweg 5, 1031 CL Amsterdam
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  • 24

  • If I Can't Dance & Het Veem Theater

    A Point in The Making

    Babette Mangolte, Fleur van Muiswinkel, Jacob Korczynski

    24 May 2014

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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  • The last day of A Point in the Making – Three Days with Babette Mangolte offers in-depth conversations with Babette Mangolte and curators Fleur van Muiswinkel and Jacob Korczynski, paired with selected screenings. The first session with van Muiswinkel looks into the documentation of performance in Mangolte’s work. The second session with Korczynski focuses on the feminist aesthetics in the work of Mangolte and two of her contemporaries.

  • 11am
  • €15
  • hetveemtheater.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • 24

  • Tate Modern

    Spatial Confessions – Speaking Part

    Claire Bishop, Ana Vujanovic, Nina Power, Marta Popivoda, a.o.

    24 May 2014

    Tate Modern, London (UK)

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  • Recently, venues of contemporary art have accommodated performance and dance into their spaces ranging from spectacular immersive environments to clandestine and politically controversial gestures. What is distinctive about how the public is performed in art institutions today? What are the terms and positions in which artists, dramaturges, critics, cultural workers and theorists, curators and public officials conceive of the public arising from contemporary art? This conference is part of the four-day programme BMW Tate Live: Spatial Confessions (On the question of instituting the public). For more details, please follow this link.

  • 2pm
  • Free, booking essential
  • tate.org.uk
  • Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
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  • 2503

  • The Jewish Museum

    Other Primary Structures (Others 2)

    Oscar Bony, Benni Efrat, a.o.

    25 May-3 Aug 2014

    The Jewish Museum, New York (USA)

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  • Other Primary Structures revisits the premise of and builds upon the Museum’s seminal 1966 exhibition Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, the first American museum exhibition to survey the style now known as Minimalism. Primary Structures introduced the public to such artists as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Walter De Maria, Robert Morris, Anne Truitt, a.o. – unknown at the time but soon to become synonymous with a radically new approach to sculpture. Nearly 50 years later, the exhibition revisits this formative moment in art history while also reexamining the period from today’s far more global perspective.

  • Sat-Tue & Fri, 11am-5.45pm
  • $15/12/7.50/0
  • thejewishmuseum.org
  • 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128, USA
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  • 2830

  • Het Veem Theater

    Looking again to see

    Presentations from Amsterdam Master of Choreography

    28, 29 & 30 May 2014

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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  • Het Veem Theater is hosting Looking again to see, a program including the four research presentations of the graduate students of the Amsterdam Master of Choreography, at the end of their two year studies. A study on repetition and remembering by Keren Levi, on the trails of memory by Julien Bruneau, on the operation of indexing by Jorge Gonçalves and a clinical exercise on intimacy by Hanna Hegenscheidt.

  • Wed, 6pm; Thu, 7.45pm; Fri, 7.45pm
  • €5
  • hetveemtheater.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • 2817

  • WIELS

    For the Mnemonist, S.

    Rossella Biscotti

    28 May-17 Aug 2014

    WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (BE)

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  • For her first survey exhibition For the Mnemonist, S., Italian artist Rossella Biscotti draws a trajectory that reflects on the conflicting yet overlapping notions of history and memory. In the exhibition, five major works from the past five years compose an architecture that departs from Biscotti’s research into the institutional forms developed by society to control and discipline, and continues to map the deeper layers of the mind. The title refers to a case study of Russian psychologist Alexander Luria that concentrates on ‘S.’, a young man with an incredibly vast but bizarre memory.

  • Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm
  • €8/5/3/1,25/0
  • wiels.org
  • Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels, Belgium
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  • 29

  • Het Veem Theater

    Idioter

    Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens

    29 May 2014

    Stamsund Teaterfestival, Stamsund (NO)

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  • In Idioter Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens work together. They create a concert performance where the music supports Alma’s way to intensely play with rhythm and Hendrik’s geometric landscape drawings. First of all there will be music. Idioter is a noisy electronic concert with a strong rhythmical drive. It flirts with concrete music and concrete poetry. Secondly Idioter consists of Hendrik’s drawings. He draws geometrical landscapes disappearing in a single vanishing point. He draws this drawing over and over again, thus expanding the landscape to a theme; again and again you find yourself drawn into the same nothingness.

  • t.b.a.
  • t.b.a.
  • stamsund-internasjonale.no
  • t.b.a.; multiple venues
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  • 2903

  • Berlin Biennale 8

    The 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

    Mariana Castillo Deball, Irene Kopelman, a.o.

    29 May-3 Aug 2014

    Multiple venues, Berlin (DE)

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  • The 8th Berlin Biennale brings together a range of international artistic positions that explore the intersection between larger historical narratives and individuals’ lives. The majority of the participating artists have produced new works for the exhibition, which proposes new perspectives on the facets of and relations in history. It spans four distinct venues in western Berlin and Berlin-Mitte—Haus am Waldsee, Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Crash Pad c/o KW. For the full programme of the 8th Berlin Biennale, visit: berlinbiennale.de

  • various
  • €16/14/10/8
  • berlinbiennale.de
  • Multiple venues in Berlin, Germany
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  • 30

  • Het Veem Theater

    The Harvest

    Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea

    30 May 2014

    Stamsund Teaterfestival, Stamsund (NO)

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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.

  • t.b.a.
  • t.b.a.
  • stamsund-internasjonale.no
  • t.b.a.; multiple venues
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      Dear readers of the monthly Performance Platform Letter,

      Following on from Frédérique Bergholtz’ letter, an account of a contemplative journey through Brussels, let me invite you on another journey.

      While doing research for next month’s calender, I came across a new show by Thomas Hirschhorn at Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

      Well, I happened to be browsing on Facebook, with the excuse that I might bump into noteworthy events for our Performance Platform ‘picks’. I saw a Nicholas Ridout post, an announcement that he would be at the Palais de Tokyo, participating in Hirschhorn’s project to “read books I always wanted to read” and inviting us to come by.

      Trigger: Ridout posting a clear message on Facebook—mostly he sends out riddles, possibly meant for just a few people, or as textual teasers, without a specific reader in mind. However, in his books and lectures Ridout does like to make a point or two, with passionate persistence and irresistible humor.

      Other trigger: Hirschhorn.

      Surfing starts. I’m off. Palais de Tokyo. Flamme éternelle is the name of the show. For two months, Hirschhorn is present every day, in the middle of a huge installation made out of tyres, cardboard and plenty of vintage couches and fauteuils. Guests, from a long list of writers, philosophers, poets, mostly unknown to me, will come and go, and they will read, talk, and discuss, with each other and with the audience.

      http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/en/exhibition/flamme-eternelle

      In the newsletter of the above site there is a statement by Hirschhorn entitled “What is important and what is new about Flamme éternelle“. Could you be a bit more clear please? A text with a title like this could be on the verge of the bluntness that kills curiosity. And yet. Amid this open field of promises and potentialities—the project of the exhibition—the artist outlines, with neither false modesty nor intellectual hubris, what it is that makes this project so important for him. And at the same time, he’s confident that the work has more to offer than this statement. I’m tempted to call this a form of artistic wisdom.

      You can read the statement here: http://www.flamme-eternelle.com/Ce%20qui%20est%20nouveau-OK.pdf

      Fueled by enthusiasm, I continue scanning, opening and closing pages, being interested and distracted at the same time, until I stop. Until suddenly I am awake and attentive to a very short clip of a 2012 work by Hirschhorn called Touching Reality. A fragment of 1:52 min (from an original of around 5 minutes) is enough to make it clear that this is a powerfully rich work. Online, the work is described as gut-twisting and vomit-inducing, and yes, the images of destroyed human bodies are shocking, but the work also instantly creates a distance, the distance I need in order to look at it, and see its subtlety, which I sense strongly but can’t put in words.

      Here’s the clip: http://vimeo.com/55482318

      You might ask yourself “Why Is It Important—Today—To Show And Look At Images Of Destroyed Human Bodies?” Well, this very question is the title and starting point of a text by Hirschhorn, in which he unfolds his approach, and the choices behind a series of works displaying cruel images. Eight arguments, neatly listed. Again, the text is explanatory but it enlarges the scope of the work and opens up his very specific motivations. It inspires me because it is so generously insightful. Paraphrasing it would be ridiculous.

      You can read it here:
      https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/18980684/why-is-it-important-thomas-hirschhorn-sk-galerie-susanna-kulli

      For those who speak French, there is an eleven-minute video interview, cut into thematic chapters, where he talks about his interests and choices. A generous view into the decision making process of Touching Reality. (By the way, Touching Reality is not part of the Flamme éternelle show.)

      Clickez ici: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xshfl0_thomas-hirschhorn-insoutenables-destructions-du-corps_creation

      Sharing this with you I know that you will also see the advertising buffers at the beginning of each clip, and the pop-ups in the middle of them. Disturbing, troubling even, but they remind you that even this letter is anything but advertisement-proof. We openly practice product placement here at Performance Platform—it is even our raison d’être
      I can’t be in Paris this month. I’ll be in Brussels (Kunstenfestivaldesarts), Utrecht (SPRING festival), and here in Amsterdam to see Urland, the Dutch performance collective… check out these and more on our full May calender!
      Barbara Van Lindt
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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

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        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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      • 05

      • 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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      • 0809

      • 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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      • 13

      • 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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      • 17

      • 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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      • 23

      • 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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      • 25

      • NBprojects

        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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      • 26

      • 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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      • 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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      • 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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      • 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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      • 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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      • 0213

      • Tate Modern

        A Chronicle of Interventions

        José Castrellón, Óscar Figueroa, a.o.

        2 May-13 Jul 2014

        Tate Modern, London (UK)

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      • Tate Modern’s Project Space presents the exhibition A Chronicle of Interventions, a curatorial-collaboration between Tate Modern in London and TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. The exhibition explores the multiple histories of intervention that have occurred throughout Central America during the 20th century through the work of eight practicing artists who each address various foreign, economic, political and military interventions which have shaped the region. For more information, visit: tate.org.uk

      • Sun-Thurs, 10am-6pm; Fri, Sat, 10am-10pm
      • Free admission
      • tate.org.uk
      • Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
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      • 2503

      • The Jewish Museum

        Other Primary Structures (Others 2)

        Oscar Bony, Benni Efrat, a.o.

        25 May-3 Aug 2014

        The Jewish Museum, New York (USA)

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      • Other Primary Structures revisits the premise of and builds upon the Museum’s seminal 1966 exhibition Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, the first American museum exhibition to survey the style now known as Minimalism. Primary Structures introduced the public to such artists as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Walter De Maria, Robert Morris, Anne Truitt, a.o. – unknown at the time but soon to become synonymous with a radically new approach to sculpture. Nearly 50 years later, the exhibition revisits this formative moment in art history while also reexamining the period from today’s far more global perspective.

      • Sat-Tue & Fri, 11am-5.45pm
      • $15/12/7.50/0
      • thejewishmuseum.org
      • 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128, USA
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      • 2817

      • WIELS

        For the Mnemonist, S.

        Rossella Biscotti

        28 May-17 Aug 2014

        WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (BE)

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      • For her first survey exhibition For the Mnemonist, S., Italian artist Rossella Biscotti draws a trajectory that reflects on the conflicting yet overlapping notions of history and memory. In the exhibition, five major works from the past five years compose an architecture that departs from Biscotti’s research into the institutional forms developed by society to control and discipline, and continues to map the deeper layers of the mind. The title refers to a case study of Russian psychologist Alexander Luria that concentrates on ‘S.’, a young man with an incredibly vast but bizarre memory.

      • Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm
      • €8/5/3/1,25/0
      • wiels.org
      • Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels, Belgium
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      • 2903

      • Berlin Biennale 8

        The 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

        Mariana Castillo Deball, Irene Kopelman, a.o.

        29 May-3 Aug 2014

        Multiple venues, Berlin (DE)

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      • The 8th Berlin Biennale brings together a range of international artistic positions that explore the intersection between larger historical narratives and individuals’ lives. The majority of the participating artists have produced new works for the exhibition, which proposes new perspectives on the facets of and relations in history. It spans four distinct venues in western Berlin and Berlin-Mitte—Haus am Waldsee, Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Crash Pad c/o KW. For the full programme of the 8th Berlin Biennale, visit: berlinbiennale.de

      • various
      • €16/14/10/8
      • berlinbiennale.de
      • Multiple venues in Berlin, Germany
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      • 0426

      • Iniva

        From the Ethics of Acting to the Empire Without Sign

        Issa Samb

        4 Jun-26 Jul 2014

        Iniva, London (UK)

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      • Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition of artist Issa Samb at Rivington Place this summer, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of Raw Material Company based in Dakar. Central to the exhibition will be fragments of the artist’s writings and footages and videos as well as short films from the oeuvre of French director Jean Michel Bruyère in which Samb plays the role of an actor at the service of Bruyère’s durational performance-installations. An archival display of material will also position Samb’s work in relation to his engagement with Laboratoire Agit’Art and to Senegalese art and politics.

      • Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat: 12am-6pm
      • Free admission
      • iniva.org
      • Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA, United Kingdom
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      • 0507

      • outside the box

        Outside the Box Market

        Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst, Dr. habil. Jens Badura, Walking Theory, a.o.

        5, 6 & 7 Jun 2014

        zeitraumexit e.V., Mannheim (DE)

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      • Six art institutions from four countries have jointly developed a cross-border exchange project titled “Outside the Box”. The participating institutions wish to find ways to aesthetically reposition their work in the area of live art and performance art. The Outside the Box Market is a hybrid of symposium performances, tryouts, discussions and naturally, encounters and exchange over lunch and dinner. Six teams of the participating art spaces are being busy to examine and work with the research questions of their hosts. They are developing ideas, objects and concepts that will be presented at the Market. For more information, visit: www.otb-research.com

      • visit otb-research.com for the schedule
      • €35/20
      • otb-research.com
      • Hafenstrasse 68, 68159 Mannheim, Germany
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      • 06

      • NBprojects

        3: The Garden

        Nicole Beutler

        6 Jun 2014

        Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Amsterdam

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      • In 3: The Garden Nicole Beutler examines the artificial distinction between nature and culture. Following in the footsteps of the Romanticists, Beutler explores the utopian desire to go ‘back to nature’, in search of an untouched, untamed wilderness. But the further she goes, the more structures and organising principles she encounters. Nicole Beutler found her inspiration for 3: The Garden in the works of the pre-Socratic natural philosophers, the Bible, song lyrics by the anti-pop band Einstürzende Neubauten, and the utopian artist community Monte Verita.

      • 9pm
      • Free admission
      • openluchttheater.nl
      • Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 21, 1017 RP Amsterdam
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      • 0607

      • Malmö Konstmuseum

        A Voice of One’s Own

        Petra Bauer, Catti Brandelius, Kajsa Dahlberg, a.o.

        6 Jun-7 Sep 2014

        Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö (SE)

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      • A Voice of One’s Own takes its starting point 100 years ago at the Baltic Exhibition in Malmö, Sweden. 1,700 exhibitors and 850,000 visitors witnessed cultural refinement, technical developments, art exhibitions and athletic feats. There was an air of “everything is possible,” with the war yet to begin. And in the midst of all this, the women’s manifestation and fight for suffrage. This summer’s collaboration between Malmö Konstmuseum and Moderna Museet Malmö gives examples of strategies for achieving a gender equal society.

      • Daily, 10am-5pm
      • 40/20/0 SEK
      • malmo.se/konstmuseum
      • Malmöhusvägen 6, 201 24 Malmö, Sweden
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      • 07

      • Het Veem Theater

        Imaginary Friends

        Sarah van Lamsweerde, Andrew Fremont-Smith

        7 Jun 2014

        zeitraumexit, Mannheim (DE)

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      • In the context of the project Outside the Box, Sarah van Lamsweerde and Andrew Fremont-Smith visited FFT Düsseldorf in March 2014. They have been hosted there to start working on Imaginary Friends – a research about the (in)visiblity of the art(ist) in the political realm. In June they will present their work in Mannheim, where the final results of Outside the Box will be presented in form of a ‘market’ – performances and symposium. Keynote speakers are Prof. Bojana Kunst and Hendrik Folkerts, a.o.

      • 5pm
      • €35/20
      • otb-research.com
      • Hafenstraße 68, 68159 Mannheim, Germany
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      • 0722

      • Holland Festival

        A Possibility of An Abstraction: Square Dance

        Germaine Kruip

        7-22 Jun 2014

        Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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      • Closely connected to the culture of Sufism, whirling dervishes perform a ritual, circular dance in order to try and reach a state of transcendence. The Dutch artist Germaine Kruip presents a performance with whirling dervishes in the Stedelijk Museum, entitled A Possibility of An Abstraction: Square Dance. She has asked the dervishes to break through their circular dance patterns and introduce square patterns into their ritual, thereby shifting the dancer’s focus and alluding to the tradition of abstract geometrical art. The performance will be performed continually during opening hours.

      • 10am-6pm, continuous performance
      • €20/7,50/0
      • hollandfestival.nl
      • Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
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      • 0723

      • Bienn. Architettura

        Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price – a stroll through a fun palace

        Hans Ulrich Obrist (curator)

        7 Jun-23 Nov 2014

        Swiss Pavilion (Giardini), Venice (IT)

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      • Within the Biennale’s context of re-examining the fundamentals of architecture over the past centrury, the Swiss Pavilion focuses on the English architect Cedric Price (1925-2003) and the Swiss sociologist Lucius Burckhardt (1934-2003), two great visionaries whose work resonates with and continues to inspire new generations in the 21st century. A dramaturgy – conceived by Asad Raza and Tino Seghal with Herzog & de Meuron, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Dorothea von Hantelmann, and Philippe Parreno – envelopes Price’s and Burckhardt’s production, selecting drawings from the archive and re-presenting them to the public.

      • Daily, 10am-6pm
      • €30/25/22/20/15
      • labiennale.org
      • Sestiere Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
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      • 09

      • LADA

        An Evening on Live Art, Feminism and the Archive

        Bettina Knaup, Beatrice Ellen Stammer, a.o.

        9 Jun 2014

        Queen Mary University of London, London (UK)

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      • Queen Mary University of London and the Live Art Development Agency present the London launch of the book re.act.feminism #2: a performing archive, and a Cocktail Seminar on Feminism, Live Art, Archives and the Academy. re.act.feminism, edited by Bettina Knaup and Beatrice Ellen Stammer, examines feminist, gender-critical and queer performance art which played a key role in the development of performance from the 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s. The Seminar explores the ways in which we could expand knowledge of, and access to, Feminist practices within research culture and pedagogical structures.

      • 6pm
      • Free admission
      • thisisliveart.co.uk
      • Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom
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      • 0922

      • La Casa Encendida

        what can a body do?

        Paz Rojo, Manuela Zechner, Jaime Llopis, a.o.

        9-22 Jun 2014

        La Casa Encendida, Madrid (ES)

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      • what can a body do? | International Laboratory to try-out a movement to come is a curational project hosted and produced by La Casa Encendida. The programme involves local and international choreographers, theoreticians, cultural workers, researchers and philosophers alike. It includes laboratories, encounters and proposals which reflect, experiment and embody the question “what can a body do?” from different perspectives such choreography, movement, visual culture, contemporary philosophy and critical theory. For the full programme, visit: quepuedeuncuerpo.com

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      • see programme
      • quepuedeuncuerpo.com
      • c/ Ronda de Valencia, 2. 28012 Madrid, Spain
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      • 1014

      • Het Veem Theater

        PURE AND INSIGNIFICANT (horse)

        Graduation SNDO

        10-14 Jun 2014

        Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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      • The SNDO, School for New Dance Development, is a full time 4-year professional education course that leads to the diploma Bachelor of Dance – Choreography. The school educates students to become choreographers/dance makers enabling them to contribute to the development of dance as an art form. Each year the students present their final graduation pieces in Het Veem Theater. This year the graduates are: Yui Nakagami, Nicolas Rosés Ponce, Ana Romih, Clara Saito, Louis Vanhaverbeke, Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Simon Ascensio, Maria Peralta and Matias Daporta.

      • 8.30pm; 10, 11, 13, 14 June
      • €15/12/10/7/5
      • hetveemtheater.nl
      • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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      • 1012

      • Holland Festival

        Die Schutzbefohlenen

        Elfriede Jelinek, Nicolas Stemann, Thalia Theater

        10, 11 & 12 Jun 2014

        Transformatorhuis Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

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      • Austrian Nobel prize winner Elfriede Jelinek wrote Die Schutzbefohlenen as a reaction to the increasingly acute and distressing refugee problem in Europe. Referring to the title and theme of Aeschylus’ classic text The Suppliants (in German Die Schutzflehenden), she gives voice to the defenceless asylum seekers, with her sharp pen ruthlessly exposing the cynicism and latent racism in European politics. The renowned German director Nicolas Stemann has reworked Jelinek’s indictment into an oratorio with a torrent of text and imagery. The production confronts us with a Europe which has never fulfilled its promise as a protector of human rights.

      • 8pm
      • €37,50/17,50
      • hollandfestival.nl
      • Klönneplein 2, 1014 DD Amsterdam
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      • 1015

      • Travel. Communiqué

        Travelling Communiqué

        Armin Linke, Doreen Mende, Milica Tomic, a.o.

        10 Jun-15 Aug 2014

        Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade (RS)

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      • Travelling Communiqué is a durational investigation into the presidential Photo Service archive (1948–1980) of Josip Broz Tito through the contemporary practices of art, theory, history, architecture, typography, cinema, and education, conducted by an international group of project authors. The Travelling Communiqué project is informed by the idea that the collective statement articulated as a call for a new kind of internationalism by the 25 delegates of the first Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Belgrade, September 1961, remains unanswered.

      • Daily, 10am-8pm; except on Mondays.
      • 200/100/0 dinars
      • mij.rs
      • Boticeva 6, Belgrade, Serbia
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      • 1126

      • Kunstverein

        Mime Radio, The Final Chapter

        Benjamin Seror

        11-26 Jun 2014

        Kunstverein, Amsterdam

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      • Mime Radio is an orally written novel by Benjamin Seror. One of the main concerns of this project is the use of a public event as a possible writing technique. Mime Radio follows on the principles of Cinema Vérité as described by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin when collaborating on Chroniques d’un été (1960). In this and other Cinema Vérité films, the audience replaces the camera and the central question becomes: What would change for an author if s/he were to write a story directly addressed to a particular audience? For the full programme of performances visit: kunstverein.nl

      • 7pm
      • Free admission; RSVP
      • office@kunstverein.nl
      • Gerard Doustraat 132 1073 VX, Amsterdam
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      • 12

      • Holland Festival

        Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure) / Twenty Looks (…)

        Trajal Harrell

        12 Jun 2014

        Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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      • What would have happened if in the early 1960’s the postmodern dancers of the Judson Church in New York’s West Village had travelled up to visit the ballrooms of Harlem, the home of voguing? This is the challenging question that New York choreographer Trajal Harell poses in this dance performance. Together with two other dancers, Harrell creates a fascinating dialogue between the improvising, non-theatrical school of postmodern dance and the exuberant, stylized movements of voguing. An encounter which, 50 years on, offers exciting new possibilities.

      • 8pm
      • €20/15
      • hollandfestival.nl
      • Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
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      • 1314

      • Wonderlust

        Wonderlust (festival)

        Essi Aittamaa, Johannes Ekholm, a.o.

        13 & 14 Jun 2014

        Diana stage, Helsinki (FI)

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      • Wonderlust is a new mini festival celebrating diverse and conscious sexuality. Wonderlust gathers together straights and queers, sex activists and curious neophytes, kinks and shy ones, and anyone who wouldn’t have imagined taking part to a sex festival before. Wonderlust is the first event of its kind in Helsinki. It promotes an open attitude towards all forms and kinds of sexuality, creates a fleeting and flirting community and builds an open, free-spirited environment for sharing and learning something new. The festival programme includes two workshops, an indie porn movie night and an erotic party. For the full programme, visit: www.wonderlust.fi

      • Fri, 7pm-midnight; Sat, noon-2am
      • Various prices
      • wonderlust.fi
      • Erottajankatu 7, inner yard, Helsinki, Finland
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      • 14

      • DAS Graduate School

        DasArts Marathon presentation

        Master students from DasArts

        14 Jun 2014

        DAS Graduate School, Amsterdam

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      • A collection of themes, practices and artistic forms by nine first-year Master students: The Self-Invented Term ‘Political Feeling-Washing’; The Notion of Presence; A Contemplative Slide-Show Lecture; Mockumentary Theatre; The Staging of an Alter Ego; What is a Lola?; Performance Machines; The Boundaries of Human Nature; A Self-Devised English Lesson; National Rhetorics; A Narrative Based on True Stories; The Poetic Body; Truth – presented in a marathon starting at 5pm, reservations at dasarts@ahk.nl. For more information about the marathon presentation, visit: dasarts.nl

      • 5pm-11.30pm
      • Free admission; RSVP
      • dasarts@ahk.nl
      • Overhoeksplein 2 1031 KS Amsterdam
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      • 14

      • Het Veem Theater

        Stuff

        Norberto Llopis Segarra

        14 Jun 2014

        La Casa Encendida, Madrid (ES)

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      • What is this object doing to me? What does this object want from me? What does this object can to me? Stuff is a Performance about the distances between object and subject. Getting away from the purely symbolic side of the objects, we would like to explore the folly of feeling concern by the objects, the folly of feeling traversed by the objects, the folly of being an object, the folly of making connections between objects or between people and the objects.

      • t.b.a.
      • t.b.a.
      • lacasaencendida.es
      • Ronda Valencia, 2 28012 Madrid, Spain
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      • 1722

      • Mediamatic

        Les Sylphides (by NBprojects) – screening during Mediamatic’s Lightness Week 8

        Martin Butler, a.o.

        17-22 Jun 2014

        Mediamatic Fabriek, Amsterdam

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      • “Let go of the material and celebrate the ethereal with 11 weeks of ‘lightness’.” Each week Mediamatic invites a new artist to question the meaning of lightness. With the famous ballet La Sylphide as an inspiration, Martin Butler creates a program, which focuses on fairies. Artists Floris Didden and Cedric Laquieze, and photographer Gautier Pellegrin will transform the space into a fairy realm. In this realm lectures on myths in art and fashion, a musical journey of the representation of the fairy theme in harp music by Maxilimilian Ehrhardt and a Midsummer-night’s eve fairy masked ball will take place.

      • Tue-Sun, 1pm-6pm
      • €5
      • mediamatic.net
      • VOC–kade 10, 1018 LG Amsterdam
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      • 1821

      • Het Veem Theater

        To The End

        Mime School graduates & Sanja Mitrovic

        18-21 Jun 2014

        Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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      • Seven people are put under the spotlight. They unconditionally commit themselves to the collective. But how far an individual is ready to go in order to stay faithful to the group? Unafraid of big emotions, vulnerability, poetry, tension or physical challenges, the performers search for ties that hold them together. From beginning to the end, and with each transformation they go through, their relationships are tested to their very limits. Performance: Carla Roisin Behal, Marijn Brussaard, David Zarate Calderon, Marieke Dermul, Nikki Hock, Anastasiia Liubchenko, and Barnaby Savage.

      • 8.30pm
      • €15/12/10/7/5
      • hetveemtheater.nl
      • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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      • 21

      • If I Can't Dance

        Emma’s – Midsummer Night

        Sara van der Heide

        21 Jun 2014

        VU Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam

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      • On Saturday 21 June, when the longest day and the shortest night of the year meet, If I Can’t Dance presents an Emma’s with Sara van der Heide who welcomes you to celebrate the transitional moment of the summer solstice at a specially chosen location, the Hortus Botanicus of the Vrije Universiteit. The night will be interspersed by short contributions from artists, writers and curators invited by Van der Heide, who share affinities with her practice and research into time, the earth, the body and light. RSVP at bookings@ificantdance.org, space is limited.

      • 8pm–midnight
      • Free admission; RSVP
      • bookings@ificantdance.org
      • Van der Boechorststraat 8, 1081 BT Amsterdam
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      • 2324

      • DAS Graduate School

        DasArts Master Proof projects

        Tchelet Weisstub, Riina Maidre

        23 & 24 Jun 2014

        CREA; Dokzaal, Amsterdam

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      • This year’s Master Proof Projects will be presented at various locations close to DasArts. Tchelet Weisstub will show ‘HAWAII – escaping the inevitable’ at the Dokzaal, and Riina Maidre will present ‘This is a snake’ at CREA. Both performances will take place on 23 and 24 June. Entry to the events is free, please reserve: dasarts@ahk.nlFor more information about the two Master Proof Projects, visit: dasarts.nl

      • 6.15pm (Dokzaal); 8.45pm (CREA)
      • Free admission; RSVP
      • dasarts@ahk.nl
      • Multiple venues
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      • 25

      • If I Can't Dance

        Appropriation and Dedication

        Reading Group

        25 Jun 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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      • 2628

      • SZENE Salzburg

        Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine

        Mette Edvardsen

        26, 27 & 28 Jun 2014

        Stadt:Bibliothek, Salzburg (AT)

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      • For Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine a group of people/performers memorize a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of living books. The books are passing their time in a library, sitting in chairs, walking around, talking together, looking out of the window, reading in paper-books from the shelves, ready to be consulted by a visitor. The visitors of the library choose a book they would like to read, and the book brings its reader to a place or setting in the library, in the cafeteria, or for a walk outside, while reciting its content (and possibly valid interpretations).

      • Thu-Fri, noon-5pm; Sat, 10am-2pm
      • Free admission
      • szene-salzburg.net
      • Schumacherstraße 14, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
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      • 2624

      • Secession

        A Singular Form

        Martha Araújo, Ricardo Basbaum, Dustin Ericksen, a.o.

        26 Jun-24 Aug 2014

        Secession, Vienna (AT)

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      • A Singular Form brings together works of art and ‘everyday’ objects that, because of their nature and of the way they have been displayed, pursue potential uses and meanings that go beyond those usually assigned to them. On display at Secession, these objects should not only propose a particular approach or specific use by virtue of their mere materiality and compositional form; they also enact a release from such determinations and suspend established notions of intention, authorship, purpose and function.

      • Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm
      • €9/6/5,50/4/3
      • secession.at
      • Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Vienna, Austria
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      • 28

      • If I Can't Dance

        Subjects of Recognition: Part II

        Richard John Jones

        28 Jun 2014

        If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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      • Subjects of Recognition is a new performance in two parts written and choreographed by Richard John Jones. The performance literally divides the body and the voice into separate parts to consider the potentiality of each to produce a personal testament. Part II features Simon Asencio, Adriano Wilferts Jensen and Taocheng Wang. Its presentation with If I Can’t Dance was established through an affinity with the Edition V programming that places an emphasis on voicing and a politics of difference. The performances are part of the Festival of Choices, featuring the work of the graduating students from the Sandberg Instituut Fine Art Masters. 

      • 9pm
      • Free admission
      • ificantdance.org
      • Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
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      • 28

      • Duckie

        Gay Shame and Lesbian Weakness

        Christeene, Ann Liv Young, Lady Leshurr, a.o.

        28 Jun 2014

        Electric Brixton, London (UK)

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      • “It’s back! The Annual Festival of Homosexual Misery makes its grand return on Gay P***e night at the legendary danceteria formerly known as The Fridge. Welcome to the Pleasuredome; a rainbow flag version of North Korea.” Duckie is a post-gay performance and events collective that create Good Nights Out. Duckie make event culture: audience interactive experiences that blur the boundaries between theatre, nightclubs and arty show business.

      • 9pm-4am
      • £18
      • duckie.co.uk
      • Town Hall Parade, London SW2 1RJ, United Kingdom
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      • 2831

      • SM-S

        Homo Desperatus

        Dries Verhoeven

        28 Jun-31 Aug 2014

        Stedelijk Musuem 's-Hertogenbosch, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)

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      • A theatrical installation with 44 ant colonies confronts the visitor with human suffering in our globalised world. Can we still relate, or is a sort of ‘collateral damage’ manifesting itself within this animal species called human? Through his installation, Homo Desperatus, theatre maker Dries Verhoeven challenges the visitor to observe the suffering of our time and reflect on their own role in this. Which prompts the question: are you a neutral scientist or a disaster tourist and can we still relate to what is happening to humanity at the other end of the world?

      • Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 12-5pm
      • €7/5,25/3,5
      • sm-s.nl
      • De Mortel 4, 5211 HV ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL
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        Close sidenote

        A Point in the Making - Three Days with Babette Mangolte

        A Point in the Making – Three Days with Babette Mangolte presents a programme around the work of French-American filmmaker and photographer Babette Mangolte in her presence. The Three Days look into various facets of her multidisciplinary practice, including her recordings of the early ’70s New York avant garde art scene and her experimental films. The programme focuses in particular on her approach to documenting performance in her collaborations with other artists, and her pursuit of the subjective role of the camera eye in her autonomous practice. It is for the first time that such a broad spectrum of Mangolte’s ground-breaking work in film and performance is shared with a Dutch audience.

        The Three Days will start with a screening of Mangolte’s film The Sky on Location at the EYE Filmmuseum and a Q&A with the filmmaker conducted by Bianca Stigter. A masterclass with the artist titled Framing the Performance, and a daylong programme of screenings and conversations with curators Fleur van Muiswinkel and Jacob Korczynski will take place the following days at Het Veem Theater.

        A Point in the Making – Three Days with Babette Mangolte is produced and curated by Fleur van Muiswinkel, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and Het Veem Theater, in a collaboration with EYE Film Institute.

        A Point in the Making – Three Days with Babette Mangolte

        21 – 24 May 2014


        Screening The Sky on Location and Q&A with the filmmaker

        – Babette Mangolte and Bianca Stigter

        21 May 2014, 7pm
        EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam


        Masterclass ‘Framing the Performance’

        – Babette Mangolte and Fleur van Muiswinkel

        22 May 2014
        Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam


        A Point in the Making

        – Babette Mangolte, Fleur van Muiswinkel, and Jacob Korczynski

        24 May 2014, 11am – 5pm
        Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

         
        Close sidenote

        The Part In The Story (...)

        The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else (22 May – 17 August 2014) is a group exhibition with works by more than forty artists. Playing with variation and repetition, resemblance and difference, synchronicities and slippages, this exhibition marks the end of Moderation(s), a long-term program (August 2012 – August 2014) initiated by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong.

        Works by more than forty artists from across the globe – including a strong contingent of Hong Kong-based artists, many of whom have never shown at Witte de With before – are gathered around key concepts such as time, duration and space (Douglas Gordon, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, On Kawara), memory and inscription (Ang Song Ming, John Cage, Sharon Hayes), transformation (Bik Van der Pol, Nicolás Lamas), pleasure (Ivan Argote, Chu Yun, Willem de Rooij, Haegue Yang), and encounters (Lee Kit, Narcisse Tordoir). The relations and transferences between the presented artworks is guided by notions such as tension, repetition, variation, and momentum, reminiscent of Contact Improvisation, a dance method developed by choreographer Steve Paxton.

        How can one work of art moderate another one? Can an audience become a moderator of the works on view? How much translation is needed to bring out meaningful relations between works created by different artists? If everything is connected, what is the shared connective language? The Part In The Story deals with the transmissive qualities of objects, situations, and storytelling, where one can dissolve into the others.

        The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else

        22 May – 17 August 2014


        Thursday 22 May 2014

        5-8pm, opening; 6.30pm, live performance of Allora & Calzadilla’s Revolving Door, choreography by Mor Shani.

        For more information, visit: wdw.nl

         
        Close sidenote

        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