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

Design by Kommerz / Technique by Joris Lindhout

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  • 2506

  • If I Can't Dance, a.o.

    To Become Two

    Alex Martinis Roe

    25 Feb-6 May 2017

    ar/ge kunst, Bolzano (IT)

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  • This exhibition brings together the six films in Alex Martinis Roe’s long-term research project, To Become Two (2014 – 2016), which traces the genealogy of “feminist new materialist” and “sexual difference” philosophies through her engagement with different international feminist communities and their political practices. The films are presented in architectural installations designed by Martinis Roe in collaboration with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. Further details about the exhibition, public programme and ar/ge are available here.

  • Free admission
  • argekunst.it
  • Via Museo 29, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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  • 0211

  • De Vleeshal

    Why Patterns?

    various artists

    2 Apr-11 Jun 2017

    Middelburg

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  • Why Patterns? is a group exhibition that brings together contemporary and historical artists who share a common interest in experimental music. In their work they explore forms of coincidence, improvisation, and abstract notational systems. The exhibition includes sound sculptures, audio, scores, textiles, video, drawings, and performance. Its title is borrowed from a 1978 musical composition by Morton Feldman with the same name.
    With: Noa Eshkol, Daan Gielis, Radna Rumping, Damon Zucconi, Milan Grygar, Lina Lapelyte, Sergei Tcherepnin, Les Trucs, and Hannah Weinberger

  • Wed-Fri 1 pm-5pm / Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
  • €4 / students & under 18: free
  • vleeshal.nl
  • Markt 1, Middelburg (Nl)
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  • 0312

  • Dansmakers

    Weekly Sharing Practice

    Various initiators

    3 Apr-12 Jun 2017

    Dansmakers, Amsterdam

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  • Sharing Practice is a new open practice at Dansmakers Amsterdam where the dance maker, performer and professional opens up his studio at crucial moments in his creative process. Key in these sessions are exchange and exploration.This open sessions works as an exchange in which the dance professional set its ideas and movement idiom to the test and in which he receives physical feedback from the participant. On the other side, the participant challenges his physical boundaries and connect to a substantive story. The main purpose of the Sharing Practice is about making all kinds of interaction between dance makers, dance professionals, artists and interested parties possible. Bookings ruth@dansmakers.nl.

  • 10 am - 12 am
  • € 3
  • dansmakers.nl
  • Studio Cube, Gedempt hamerkanaal 203, Amsterdam Noord
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  • 2013

  • WIELS & Kunstenfestivaldesarts

    The Absent Museum. Blueprint for a museum of contemporary art for the capital of Europe

    Various artists

    20 Apr-13 Aug 2017

    WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

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  • How can artists maintain the tension between globalisation’s paradoxes and history’s turbulences, and their individual sensibilities and voices? In the light of these issues and recent turbulent historical developments, it is striking to see how absent the art museums remain in urgent, public debate. Although museums – especially those devoted to contemporary art – have never been as popular as they are today, they are still notably absent from the public space and their voice goes unheard in the formation of public opinion. Existing works and new productions of about 45 artists will translate and interpret the challenges that museum institutions face today, as well as the communities they inspire.

  • 11:00am
  • € 5-12
  • wiels.org
  • Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, Brussels
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  • 2716

  • KIOSK

    Show Me Your Archive And I Will Tell You Who Is In Power

    Various artists and researchers

    27 Apr-16 Jun 2017

    Kiosk Gallery, Ghent

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  • Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power combines an exhibition with a public program of lectures, panel discussions, performances and screenings to present stories from the history of feminist struggle. Issues of race, gender and class are covered from a so-called intersectional perspective, an approach that works to bring to the fore the combinations of discriminatory practices and the dynamics they engender.  Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power wishes to extend its scope beyond Western, white feminism and to trace the beginnings of a transnational and intersectional perspective in Belgian feminism and beyond.

  • See program
  • kioskgallery.be
  • Louis Pasteurlaan 2 9000 Ghent
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  • 02

  • IDFA

    I Am Not Your Negro

    Raoul Peck

    2 May 2017

    Tuschinski 1, Amsterdam

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  • James Baldwin’s book Remember This House was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. In I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is an examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. During the IDFA Special, the film will be accompanied by a Q&A with director Raoul Peck by writer Christine Otten.

  • 6.45pm
  • €10.50
  • idfa.nl
  • Reguliersbreestraat 26-34 1017CN Amsterdam
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  • 0513

  • MACBA

    Idiorhythmias

    Alice Chauchat, André Lepecki, Norberto Llopis, Paz Rojo, et al

    5-13 May 2017

    MACBA, Barcelona

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  • In 1977 Roland Barthes taught a course of lectures at the Collège de France that were later published under the title How to Live Together. Here, Barthes explores the concept of idiorrhythmy. With this term, Barthes presents his utopian idea of community and explores how it could be shaped by the combination of personal time and collective living. This concept serves as a starting point for Idiorhythmias, a programme centred on work around performative practices and driven by the poetic desire to build, from the institution and through action, an imperfect, ephemeral and unstable community; to theorise collectively and to reflect on the potential of the body in a public domain dominated by the word.

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  • macba.cat
  • Plaça dels Àngels 1, Barcelona (Sp)
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  • 0506

  • ICK

    ICK | Kris Verdonck: I/II/III/IIII

    Kris Verdonck

    5 & 6 May 2017

    Theater the Meervaart, Amsterdam

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  • The International Choreographic Arts Centre in Amsterdam (ICK) brings internationally acclaimed choreographers to The Netherlands. This season Belgian choreographer and artist Kris Verdonck performs his piece ‘I/II/III/IIII’ with dancers pertaining to ICK. Kris Verdonck changes the stage to a sort of human puppet show. Four ‘identical’ dancers hang like marionettes inside a large sized machine. Within that space Kris Verdonck created a choreography: a solo, a duet, a trio and a quartet ensue. They remind us of the white birds from Swan Lake, but also of animal carcasses dragged along, floating angels, crashing human bodies and every-thing in between.

  • 8:15pm
  • € 6.50 - 18
  • meervaart.nl/
  • Theater the Meervaart, Meer en vaart 300 1068 LE Amsterdam
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  • 05

  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt

    SCHOOLS OF TOMORROW Workshop #4 – Urban Pedagogy

    Various artists and researchers

    5 May 2017

    Germany

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  • Which educational futures could guide our thinking and actions if we see schools as laboratories of tomorrow’s society? What do digitalization and demographic transition mean for learning in a migration society? What new alliances could strengthen schools as social places? These are some of the questions Schools of Tomorrow, the HKW’s programme seeks to address. Among several workshops is Urban Pedagogy, the workshop is lead by the Zukunftsakademie NRW (Future Academy North-Rhine Westphalia), which with its urban learning program takes city space as the starting point for learning and teaching processes.
    Please register for the workshop of your choice: tomorrow@hkw.de

  • 10:00am
  • Free with registration
  • hkw.de
  • John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin
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  • 09

  • KNAW

    Institutional As Usual: Diversity, Utility And The University

    Sara Ahmed

    9 May 2017

    Amsterdam Public Library, Amsterdam

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  • What does the concept of diversity do in higher education and universities? Feminist author Sara Ahmed, who wrote extensively about racism, sexism, difference, strangerness, and institutions, discusses the concept of diversity in relation to higher education. In this lecture, Sara Ahmed will discuss how understanding how and why diversity is ‘in use’ as a word and concept allows us to explore how universities are shaped by patterns of use that often go unnoticed.

    Register by filling in the registration form.

  • 3.30pm
  • Free admission
  • knaw.nl
  • OBA Theaterzaal, 7th floor, Oosterdokskade 143
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  • 1113

  • Frascati

    Mental

    The Vacuum Cleaner

    11, 12 & 13 May 2017

    Frascati, Amsterdam

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  • The Metropolitan Police call him a Domestic Extremist. The National Health Service have described him as ‘highly disturbed’ and labelled him with Borderline Personality Disorder. He prefers the term Mental. For 14 years James Leadbitter – aka the vacuum cleaner – lived the life of an outlaw and artist activist, from planting trees in public spaces tot protesting in a clown’s costume. Until finally he was institutionalized with a diagnosis of depression. In Mental, he invites you to listen to his story, an autobiographical performance told through his psychiatric records, police intelligence files and corporate injunctions collected through the Data Protection Act. An intimate performance dealing with shame, taboo and prejudice that goes straight to the heart.

  • 9:00pm
  • € 10
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Exact location of performance TBA
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  • 1114

  • FIBER

    FIBER Festival

    CCL, Darius Kazemi, JODI, Jussi Parikka, et al.

    11-14 May 2017

    De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

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  • With this year’s festival theme Prima Materia, FIBER connects the work of today’s artists, designers and musicians to a renewed interest in the old field of alchemy. Prima Materia shows the work of artists and designers who question and reimagine the relationship between man, technology and matter. Among many other things, the 8th Choreographic Coding Lab takes place within the framework of FIBER, including the panel Moving Matter(s) which presents current day practices, with research and education institutes that are connecting the worlds of creative coding, interaction design, dance, and choreography.

  • See program for times.
  • € 25-150 (packages)
  • 2017.fiberfestival.nl
  • Nes 45, Amsterdam
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  • 12

  • Berna Toprak & Osen Figan

    Interrogating Citizenship & Identity Through Art

    Umut Erel, Mariam el Maslouhi, Ipek Sur, Saniye Tezcan, Nancy Jouwe

    12 May 2017

    Utrecht

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  • The identity and citizenship of women of color and migrant women are scrutinized within several public and political debates. Recent examples include a ruling of the European Court allowing employers to ban staff from wearing visible religious symbols and the backlash Sylvana Simons received after announcing she would pursue a career as a politician. However, these discussions are often about women of color instead of conversing with them. This is a talk show about the ways gender and ethnicity inform our practices of citizenship and how academic research can engage with women of color as active co-producers of knowledge and citizenship instead of seeing them as mere recipients of social citizenship. 

  • 5:30pm
  • Free admission
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  • Casco, Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht
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  • 13

  • If I Can't Dance

    Writing Out Loud – lecture and book presentation

    Jon Mikel Euba

    13 May 2017

    MACBA, Barcelona (ES)

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  • On 13 May, Jon Mikel Euba will present his recently published book, Writing Out Loud, alongside a lecture at MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona as part of Idiorhythmias a programme that unfolds over two weeks around performances, music, poetry, workshops and text. The programme is curated by Soledad Gutiérrez and Pablo Martínez. Further details about the programme and booking information is available here. Further details about the book and how to purchase it can be found here.

  • 7pm
  • €5
  • macba.es
  • Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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  • 1827

  • SPRING

    SPRING Festival

    Various artists

    18-27 May 2017

    Utrecht (various locations)

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  • SPRING is bringing exciting international work to the Netherlands: by European artists such as Marlene Monteiro Freitas but also artists from Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Morocco, Indonesia and Singapore. For large­-scale project SACRIFICE, Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir has invited Matthew Barney, Ragnar Kjartansson and Gabríela Friðriksdóttir to create a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ about religion and rituals. Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen and Utrecht­-based performance artist Julian Hetzel present their performances at Winkelcentrum Kanaleneiland. The Hekman foyer of the Stadsschouwburg will host a video installation developed by choreographer Marjolein Vogels and visual artist Coralie Vogelaar.

  • See programme for event times and prices.
  • springutrecht.nl
  • Various Locations in Utrecht. See program for details.
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  • 1824

  • Corpus

    Linnæus in Tenebris

    Naufus Ramírez-Figuero

    18 May-24 Sep 2017

    CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FR)

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  • For his first solo show in France, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa taps into science fiction and biotechnology to address a recurrent subject in his sculptural and performative work, namely, the suffering of the land and of the people who farm it. Linnæus in Tenebris, his site-specific installation for the Nave at CAPC, is situated within the historic context of the eighteenth century, a time that still dominates much of Bordeaux’s architectural landscape. His work focuses on an emblematic figure of the Enlightenment, the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who created a nomenclature that made it possible to classify most of the living species known at the time.

  • Tue–Sun, 11am–6pm; Wed, open until 8pm
  • €7–€4
  • capc-bordeaux.fr
  • 7, rue Ferrère F-33000, Bordeaux, France
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  • 1828

  • Van Abbe Museum and DAI - Dutch Art Institute

    Become More

    Various participants

    18-28 May 2017

    Van Abbe Museum and Design Huis

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  • Becoming More is a ten-day caucus comprising of lectures, performances, screenings, commissions, discussions and food hosted by the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
    On the 10th anniversary of the research and exhibition project Be(com)ing Dutch it is time to convene again – to come together to strengthen existing alliances and to develop new affinities. Through the caucus we will ask how art can provide a productive, critical space where solidarities are formed and political visions rehearsed. In other words, it will ask: ‘How can we become more?’
    The programme is the outcome of these extensive discussions from which a series of urgent topics have emerged.

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  • € 10
  • vanabbemuseum.nl
  • Bilderdijklaan 10 & Stadhuisplein 3, Eindhoven (Nl)
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  • 19

  • Kunstverein

    Salon Hang: ‘Hand Reading Studies’, book launch

    Valentina Desideri

    19 May 2017

    Kunstverein, Amsterdam

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  • For A Studio in Hand-Reading: Charlotte Wolff Desideri transformed Kunstverein’s space at the Gerard Doustraat into a Studio – a place that generates knowledge through different modes of being together. Desideri reactivates the Studio for the duration of one afternoon, joined by fellow readers Mia You and Annick Kleizen to provide readings and/or experiment on possible ways of reading whatever question, object, text or crisis anyone would need a reading for.
    The publication ‘Hand Reading Studies’ brings together a variety of materials generated in or reverberated from the Studio, with contributions by Dr. Charlotte Wolff, Anthony Blunt, Céline Condorelli, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Jessica Warboys, Jason Dodge, Christian Hawkey, a. o.

  • 5 pm
  • Free of charge
  • kunstverein.nl
  • Hazenstraat 28, Amsterdam
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  • 2022

  • K_nstvl___

    K_nstvl___

    Various projects spaces

    20, 21 & 22 May 2017

    SSBA Salon, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

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  • This year K_nstvl___’s theme is the value of visibility. Art institutions, whatever their size, continuously feel pressure to be visible, quantitatively as well as qualitatively, physically – in exhibition spaces – as well as digitally. K_nstvl___ invites the project spaces of this edition to shape a vision on innovative visibility strategies in an ‘elastic exhibition’. During Playtime it’s not the space that will be divided, but the time. Every invited project space will set up a very temporary presentation within a basic exhibition space, which unfolds for the audience during the day, like the scenes of a play.

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  • See program
  • kunstvlaai.nl
  • Stadsschouwburg, Leidseplein 26, Amsterdam
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  • 24

  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg

    (M)imosa, Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M)

    Trajal Harrell et al

    24 May 2017

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg

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  • In 2009 Trajal Harrell created Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (S) at the New Museum in New York. What, he wondered, would have happened if in 1963 someone from the New York voguing scene in Harlem had come down to the Judson Church in Greenwich Village to perform alongside the early postmodernists? He sought an answer to his question in a series of five choreographic works in five sizes ranging from XS to XL. (M)IMOSA is the medium-sized episode in the series and is the work of the choreographers Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud, Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Harrell himself. The initial question here is focused on the meeting between the four choreographers. 

  • 8:30pm
  • € 10.00 - € 21.00
  • rotterdamseschouwburg.nl
  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg Schouwburgplein 25 3012 CL Rotterdam
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  • 25

  • Stadsschouwburg

    VERKLÄRTE NACHT: BENEFIETVOORSTELLING VOOR MAATSCHAPPIJ DISCORDIA ROSAS / ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER

    Rosas/Discordia

    25 May 2017

    Amsterdam

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  • In support of Discordia, who recently lost most of their subsidies and the complete storage of their sets and decor , Rosas will perform Verklärte Nacht. All income from this night will go to Discordia. The revival of Verklärte Nacht enables you to discover (or rediscover) one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s finest works. The combination of Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Discordia is perhaps less remarkable than it seems at first, the two companies worked together in the legendary Shaffy Theater in Felix Meritis in the early eighties and their artistic methods have many similarities. There will be a brief introduction to Rosas and Discordia’s work by Constant Meijers.

  • 8:00pm
  • €25
  • discordia.nl
  • Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Leidseplein 26 1017 PT Amsterdam
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  • 25

  • If I Can't Dance

    On Praxis, An Unstated Theory – presentation and book launch

    Jon Mikel Euba, students of DAI

    25 May 2017

    Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL)

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  • As part of the Van Abbemuseum’s programme Becoming More, and in partnership with the Dutch Art Institute, on 25 May a presentation by the students of If I Can’t Dance’s course On Praxis, An Unstated Theory (Writing Out Loud), and a book launch of the recent publication by core-tutor Jon Mikel Euba, will occur. Taking place within the neighbouring Designhuis, at 3.45pm Jon Mikel Euba will introduce his book Writing Out Loud. Later in the programme at 5.30pm, at the Van Abbemuseum, the students of the Dutch Art Institute will make a presentation. Full details of the programme are available here.

  • 3.45pm and 5.30pm
  • Free admission
  • vanabbemuseum.nl
  • Bilderdijklaan 10, 5611 NH Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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  • 2627

  • Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

    Music Is Not! A Symposium On and Around the Kunsthalle for Music

    26 & 27 May 2017

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  • Can we imagine a space for music that exists outside of any media and beyond the stage? A space for unrecordable music, music of undefined duration, existing even when no audience is present? A dissolution of performer and audience, of rehearsal and performance? A music existing in the world based in a space of musical action and activity, production and performance that can be entered and exited at will. During this two-day get-together, some fundamental questions surrounding Kunsthalle for Music will be tackled by international practitioners from the fields of contemporary art, music, and theory, through a symposium, auditions, and open workshops.

  • 5pm
  • €6/€3/Museumcard free
  • wdw.nl
  • Witte de Withstraat 50 - 3012 BR Rotterdam
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  • 2610

  • If I Can't Dance, a.o.

    To Become Two

    Alex Martinis Roe

    26 May-10 Jun 2017

    The Showroom, London (UK)

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  • The Showroom presents To Become Two, a new film installation by Berlin-based artist Alex Martinis Roe that stems from her ongoing engagement with international feminist communities and their political practices. At The Showroom, the project will further evolve with a programme of events and workshops led by Martinis Roe. In the workshops, contributors will undertake a series of exercises that expand on proposals shared in the Our Future Network film to culminate in a final public event. Further details about the exhibition and the programme are available here.

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  • Free admission
  • theshowroom.org
  • 63 Penfold Street London NW8 8PQ, United Kingdom
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  • Allan Pierson Museum

    CAST WITNESSES, ALLARD PIERSON EDITION

    Sarah van Lamsweerde

    27 May-24 Jun 2017

    Allan Pierson Museum

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  • Far up in the attic of Amsterdam’s main archeology museum, past the coffee machine and a row of cramped offices, a silent crowd of replicated Greco-Roman statues await sporadic visitors, meanwhile digesting their improbable biographies marked by migration, fragmentation and disrepair. Cast Witnesses relates to these leftover replicas of a past civilization by using the plaster figures as proxies for our collective pains and desires. With tactile and textual interactions, two mediators will guide visitors along their disjointed counterparts, in a performative experience that blends ekphrasis (art works described purely for the mind’s eye) with therapy.
    Various performances sessions on May 27TH, June 10th and June 24th.

  • Various times, see program
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  • allardpiersonmuseum.nl
  • Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam
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  • basis for Live Art

    FLAM Forum for Live Art Amsterdam. A Week of Performance Art

    Various artists

    30 May-3 Jun 2017

    Arti et Amicitiae and Frascati Theater

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  • FLAM presents a week of ongoing experimental Live Art presentations, featuring a program of cross-disciplinary and radically experimental work by more than twenty local and international artists. For its seventh iteration, FLAM explores questions around self-presentation, self-transformation and a heightened state of alterity (otherness) in the digital age. The possibilities to create, manipulate and perform different selves through selfies and constant status updates, have given rise to a variety of questions about performance and performativity. FLAM 2017 aims to provoke reflection and debate about the ways in which states of alterity, performativity and otherness are embodied and manifested in daily presentations of the self.

  • € 5-12
  • http://basisforliveart.com
  • Rokin 112 & Nes 63, Amsterdam
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  • 3104

  • DAS Theatre

    Time Between Dog and Wolf- DAS Graduate School Presentations

    Various Artists

    31 May-4 Jun 2017

    DAS Graduate School & La Casa de Barro

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  • After two years of study and inquiry into their artistic practices, a period of consuming close reading and of applying various lenses, our eight graduating students will be showing work which invites new ways of seeing. The ‘time between dog and wolf’, in French, is the space when a dog could be a wolf and a wolf could be a dog. Where many things are still possible, and we become aware of seeing itself.
    With: Gabino Rodríguez, Annefleur Schep, Olga Tsvetkova, Abhishek Thapar, Noha Ramadan, Noah Voelker, Enkidu Khaled and Cecilia Lisa Eliceche.

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  • € 10 / €5
  • dasgraduateschoolfestival.nl
  • Overhoeksplein 2 & Oudezijds Achterburgwal 199, Amsterdam
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I wanted to write you a letter – Ogutu Muraya

Dear Reader,

When asked to write you a letter, I was reminded of one of my favorite poems from Angola: A Letter from a Contract Worker, written by Antonio Jacinto. It’s a poem that carries the reader into a lyrical fantasy of love and longing only to be hastily dropped into the mud of reality. After countless repetitions of ‘I wanted to write you a letter…’ followed by sweet words that kindle hope in a doomed love, the poem has an abrupt end with the stanza:
I wanted to write you a letter …
But oh my love, I cannot understand
why it is, why, why, why it is, my dear
that you cannot read
and I – Oh the hopelessness! – cannot write!

For me this last stanza is deeply paralyzing. It depicts a powerlessness that can only be redeemed by poetic language. Jacinto’s subject is an Angolan laborer condemned to serve the Portuguese colonial government on shady contractual terms in the mines of South Africa. His existence becomes a letter that would never be written and never be read. The connection of the poem to Portugal led me to the work of Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos. In a lecture, he describes the complex and difficult struggles we find ourselves in. We do not need to re-invent what these struggles are, it’s very clear what they are, Santos says, describing the essence that symbolizes these struggles in four words: democratize, decolonize, decommodify, and depatriarchalize. This letter focuses on the second struggle – decolonize.
When I introduce myself as a storyteller, I am met often with one of three reactions: you mean traditional African folklore, or oh you engage in casual art, or how often we forget that storytelling is the simplest form of theatre. Storytelling is casual, traditional and simple. I am frustrated with such remarks but I struggle to find the words to describe this frustration. Then I understood recently that this frustration is deep. It’s rooted in my education in Kenya where I internalized these exact words – casual, traditional and simple.
Orature was traditional and literature was modern, orature was primitive and literature high art, orature was casual and literature professional. Through studying and working in Amsterdam and claiming orature as my artistic practice, I find that I have to do the work of decolonizing the gaze from which I look at orature. One reason why I find it very hard to engage with postcolonial studies that are currently surging is that their frame comes from a perspective that obliterated other systems of framing.
Santos introduced the term epistemicide into my vocabulary, which begins to contextualize my frustrations.  Epistemicide being the colonial acts of killing knowledge systems: ‘A war on knowledge, destruction of existing knowledge, and thereby aborting the possibility of new knowledge coming about from the exercise of the intellect on existing knowledge.’
Jacinto’s poem triggers me to think about epistemicide; the contract worker is unable to write and his love unable to read, but this doesn’t mean that they are illiterate. In this sense, the last stanza requires a new interpretation: it’s obvious the worker can write and his love can read, but how can he write and how can she read, when their land, property, bodies and systems of knowledge are dispossessed? The struggle for independence in all of Africa may have re-claimed some land, some property, some black bodies, but these struggles failed to reclaim systems of knowledge. These were forever condemned to remain traditional, archaic, ethnic and indigenous knowledges looked at through Anthropology.
Hence, the inevitability of the exoticized storyteller from Kenya. In January of this year together with Sahand Sahebdivani (founder, Mezrab) and Lara Staal (curator, Frascati), we co-curated the festival Other Stories – Finding more than me. It was a struggle finding the right name to call the festival. It was a struggle to agree to use in our publicity material the terms ‘a storytelling festival on identity’. It was a struggle to engage the subject of identity in a performance scene that is segregated and a community that is struggling with diversity. The pitfalls were too many and too real. We were careful that the festival was not read as – casual, traditional and simple.
For me, this festival was a small but important gesture towards a journey that has begun. My interest with Other Stories and the subject of identity is, to reiterate Santos, ‘no longer the confession of past errors but rather participation in the construction of a personal and collective future, without ever being sure that past errors will not be repeated again.’

In a split moment I wished for lyrical prowess in order to parody Jacinto’s poem and write to you, dear reader, ‘A Letter from a Migrant Artist’.

I wanted to write you a letter …
But oh my dear reader, I cannot understand
why it is, why, why, why it is, my dear reader
that you cannot read
and I – Oh the hopelessness! – cannot write!

Kind regards,

Ogutu Muraya.


For this month’s letter, we invited Ogutu Muraya as a guest.
Ogutu is a writer, theatre-maker, and storyteller from Nairobi, currently based in Amsterdam. He holds a BA in International Relations and graduated from DasArts. His latest solo performance Fractured Memory premiered in Amsterdam in June 2016. He co-curates Other Stories – a festival hosted by Frascati Theatre and Mezrab.
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  • 2902

  • Showroom Mama

    Is There Any World to Come?

    Caetano (BR, 1980)

    29 Jan-2 Apr 2017

    Rotterdam

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  • MAMA presents Is There Any World to Come?, Caetano’s (BR) first solo exhibition in the Netherlands. As scientists predict the end of the planet, Beyoncé celebrates black feminism during prime time. Are we really facing the apocalypse, or are we experiencing the last gasps of the patriarchal world, as we know it? In a video and sound installation created especially for MAMA’s showroom, Caetano evokes such a sense of impending obliteration.

  • Wed- Sun 1:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Free
  • showroommama.nl
  • Showroom MAMA, Witte de Withstraat 29-31, 3012 BL Rotterdam
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  • 2422

  • mfc-michèle didier

    récits / écrits

    Various Artists

    24 Feb-22 Apr 2017

    mfc-michèle didier, Paris

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  • mfc-michèle didier is an independent publisher established in 1987. mfc-michèle didier gallery aims at showing the importance of ephemera and published, multiplied works in contemporary art. The exhibition récits/écrits brings together about 40 publications by 10 female artists involved in writing processes while sharing a series of other practices such as performance, film, video, and installation. The writings and stories in question – texts, works, publications, memories, novels or exhibitions – are all linked through the question of autobiography. With works by Martine Aballéa, Eleanor Antin, Ida Applebroog, Barbara Bloom, Mirtha Dermisache, Marianne Mispelaëre, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Athena Tacha, Martha Wilson.

  • Tues-Sat 12 am-7 pm
  • Free of charge
  • micheledidier.com
  • 66 rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth 75003, Paris (Fr)
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  • 2506

  • If I Can't Dance, a.o.

    To Become Two

    Alex Martinis Roe

    25 Feb-6 May 2017

    ar/ge kunst, Bolzano (IT)

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  • This exhibition brings together the six films in Alex Martinis Roe’s long-term research project, To Become Two (2014 – 2016), which traces the genealogy of “feminist new materialist” and “sexual difference” philosophies through her engagement with different international feminist communities and their political practices. The films are presented in architectural installations designed by Martinis Roe in collaboration with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. Further details about the exhibition, public programme and ar/ge are available here.

  • Free admission
  • argekunst.it
  • Via Museo 29, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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  • 2402

  • Stichting STRP

    STRP Biënnale 2017

    Stelarc and Katja Heitmann among others

    24 Mar-2 Apr 2017

    Klokgebouw, Eindhoven

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  • Senses & Sensors is about perception. Not only sensorial perception, but also the way in which creative technology makes possible an intense way of feeling, tasting, smelling and moving. Art and science have an increasing stake in multi-sensorial experience. This is why STRP focuses on this far-reaching mingling of the biological and the technological, the physical and the virtual, the analogue and the digital. STRP Biënnale 2017 includes an exhibition with interactive installations, performances, concerts, a two-day conference, and masterclasses, in and around Klokgebouw at Strijp-S in Eindhoven.

  • See program
  • about € 10 - € 20 per day
  • strp.nl
  • Strijp-S Torenallee 32/8 5617 BD Eindhoven (Nl)
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  • 2402

  • Kaaitheater

    Performatik17

    various artists

    24 Mar-2 Apr 2017

    various locations

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  • Performatik17, the Brussels biennial of performance art, enters the intriguing twilight zone where artists – in collaboration with a number of different Brussels-based partners – tinker with the codes of visual arts and the performing arts.
    From movement in sculptures to the sculpting of movement: body sculptures play a central role in this edition. They are never monumental, and are always fragile. Performatik17 opts for probability over certainty, for the careful creation of social sculptures.
    For the full programme of performances and Salon talks, see program kaaitheater.be

  • kaaitheater.be
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  • 2402

  • Tate Modern

    Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights

    various artists

    24 Mar-2 Apr 2017

    Tate Modern (Uk)

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  • BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights marks a new departure in the concept of the art exhibition: from a static presentation to an experience of art that unfolds through time. Situated in the Tanks, the first Tate Live Exhibition brings together an intergenerational selection of artists that have been invited to stage their work as a space that extends a form of hospitality or community, to other artists and visitors alike.
    The daytime installations act as springboards for six nights of ticketed live performances. With Melanie Bonajo, CAMP, Isabel Lewis, Ligia Lewis, Fred Moten & Wu Tsang, Emily Roysdon, among others.

  • tate.org.uk
  • Bankside, London (Uk)
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  • 2922

  • Frascati

    EXOOT – Tropical Healing

    De Warme Winkel / Stichting Show Machine

    29 Mar-22 Apr 2017

    Gallery Vriend van Bavink

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  • In some places they spit strangers out, while in others they swallow them whole.
    EXOOT – Tropical Healing is an exhibition and show where we can reconquer our exotic selves and think about cannibalism as a healing strategy for dealing with The Other. Beneficial therapy for the diluted identities of world citizens.
    Visual artist Jan Brokof is converting the Vriend van Bavink Gallery in Amsterdam into a theatrical installation; a pool paradise where tropic iconography is recycled: coconut juice, hummingbirds, helicopters, conquistadores, buzzing air conditioning units, Brazilian wax and palm trees.

  • 8:30 pm
  • € 16-18
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Geldersekade 30, 1012 BK Amsterdam
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  • 2930

  • Argos Centre for Art & Media

    Breaking Rainbows

    Orla Barry

    29 Mar-30 Apr 2017

    Brussels (Be)

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  • Breaking Rainbows uses the relationship between wo/man and animal, and the cannibalistic, symbiotic tension between (Orla Barry) the artist and (Orla Barry) the shepherd to reflect on the primal and poetic and unpredictable bond we have in the natural world. Presented as both live performance and video installation, Barry’s new work is a fascinating journey into the land of shepherding through the lens of “doing” rather than “observing” the job at hand.

    Performance: Saturday 25 March 2017 & Sunday 26 March 2017.

  • €6 / € 4 reduced
  • argosarts.org
  • Werfstraat 13 rue du Chantier, 1000 Brussels(Be)
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  • Veem House

    Bombyx Mori

    Ola Maciejewska

    1 Apr 2017

    Festival Performatik 17, Kaaistudio's, Brussels (Be)

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  • In this piece for three dancers, Ola Maciejewska draws her inspiration from Fuller’s Serpentine Dance. She explores the relationship in the arts between human beings and physical matter by creating movement in large pieces of fabric. She plays with the confluence of bodies and objects and the battle that these wage. Bombyx Mori alludes to the silk caterpillar, which has become entirely dependent on human beings for survival. Here, the natural body and the artificial process are inextricably linked: a poignant metaphor for this sculptural interpretation of one of the pioneers of modern dance and performance art.

  • 7 pm
  • € 8 / 10/ 12
  • kaaitheater.be
  • Kaaistudio's O.L.V. Van Vaakstraat 81, Brussels
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  • Veem House

    Prins of Ne†works

    Rodrigo Sobarzo

    1 Apr 2017

    Festival Le Grand Bain, La Condition Publique, Roubaix (FR)

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  • Prins of Ne†works is grounded in the idea that the artificial, digital or virtual are part of nature. It materializes as an experiential capsule where we gather to visually reflect upon different states of matter and its natural cycles. Twinning art production with the chemical process of decompose; Prins of Ne†works is a visual manifesto probing new ecologies, that blends the digital and the analogue as one.

  • 6.30 pm and 10.15 pm
  • € 5 / 8/ 15
  • festivalgrandbain.fr
  • 14 Place du Général Faidherbe 59100 Roubaix
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  • Frascati

    15th Extraordinary Congress: Amsterdam. The many stories of Yugoslavia

    Vlatka Horvat

    1 Apr 2017

    Frascati 1

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  • In 15th Extraordinary Congress six women sit a table, exchanging stories and anecdotes, facts and rumours, reflections and thoughts about a country in which all of them grew up, but which no longer exists. Sifting through their shared memories as well as through versions of events remembered and understood differently, they try to unpack the story of Yugoslavia – approaching the question of “what happened there” from a range of different perspectives. Through an improvised exchange over several hours, the participants excavate bits of their shared history. The piece unfolds a complex narrative in which contradictions and inconsistencies sit side by side – decidedly unresolved and open – in a state of tension, dialogue and play.

  • 7 pm
  • €15 / €11.50
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • Rewire festival

    Rewire festival Den Haag – AGF & Kubra Khademi

    AGF & Kubra Khademi

    1 Apr 2017

    Korzo Theater, Den Haag

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  • Performing as AGF, German poet, vocalist and new media artist Antye Greie explores speech and spoken word within the depths of electronic music. At Rewire 2017, together with Kubra Khademi, an Afghan performance artist, they present the world premiere of their new project, a truly subconscious work that fuses Khademi’s politically-charged performances with AGF’s distinctive sound art to address womenhood, white supremacy and intersectional feminism. After their performance, AGF and Kubra Khademi will join Moor Mother for a panel discussion: New Emergences #7: Poetry, Presence and Empowerment.

  • 7 pm
  • daypass: €27,50
  • rewirefestival.nl
  • Korzo Theater, Prinsestraat 42, Den Haag (Nl)
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  • De Vleeshal

    Why Patterns?

    various artists

    2 Apr-11 Jun 2017

    Middelburg

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  • Why Patterns? is a group exhibition that brings together contemporary and historical artists who share a common interest in experimental music. In their work they explore forms of coincidence, improvisation, and abstract notational systems. The exhibition includes sound sculptures, audio, scores, textiles, video, drawings, and performance. Its title is borrowed from a 1978 musical composition by Morton Feldman with the same name.
    With: Noa Eshkol, Daan Gielis, Radna Rumping, Damon Zucconi, Milan Grygar, Lina Lapelyte, Sergei Tcherepnin, Les Trucs, and Hannah Weinberger

  • Wed-Fri 1 pm-5pm / Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
  • €4 / students & under 18: free
  • vleeshal.nl
  • Markt 1, Middelburg (Nl)
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  • 0312

  • Dansmakers

    Weekly Sharing Practice

    Various initiators

    3 Apr-12 Jun 2017

    Dansmakers, Amsterdam

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  • Sharing Practice is a new open practice at Dansmakers Amsterdam where the dance maker, performer and professional opens up his studio at crucial moments in his creative process. Key in these sessions are exchange and exploration.This open sessions works as an exchange in which the dance professional set its ideas and movement idiom to the test and in which he receives physical feedback from the participant. On the other side, the participant challenges his physical boundaries and connect to a substantive story. The main purpose of the Sharing Practice is about making all kinds of interaction between dance makers, dance professionals, artists and interested parties possible. Bookings ruth@dansmakers.nl.

  • 10 am - 12 am
  • € 3
  • dansmakers.nl
  • Studio Cube, Gedempt hamerkanaal 203, Amsterdam Noord
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  • 0405

  • Theater Frascati

    OBLIVION

    Sarah Vanhee

    4 & 5 Apr 2017

    Theater Frascati, Amsterdam

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  • Sarah Vanhee has collected a year’s worth of real and virtual trash and brings it together in a performance. Imagine this place where you find yourself reconnected to everything you have discarded, deleted or thrown away. Objects, thoughts, relations you had already cut yourself loose from and forgotten about, now they are all there again. They are yours, you care about them. You reverse, re-value, re-invest. Every thing is worth something. When does your trash stop being your trash? Think an inverse world, for instance that scene in Bunuel’s The Phantom Of Liberty where hosts and guests shit together around the dinner table and eat alone in the toilet. Oblivion is a slow celebration of things unhidden.
  • 8:30 pm
  • €17 / €13,50
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Theater Frascati, Nes 63 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 0405

  • CLUE+

    Critical Theory in the Humanities: Resonances of the work of Judith Butler

    Judith Butler, Achille Mbembe, et al.

    4 & 5 Apr 2017

    Main Building Vrije Universiteit

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  • From April 5-7, 2017, the interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Humanities CLUE+ at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam organises a three-day international conference on resonances of the work of the critical theorist and philosopher Judith Butler, who shall deliver a keynote address and participate in the conference.
    Keynote speakers: Judith Butler, Adriana Cavarero, Amelia Jones, Achille Mbembe, Jacqueline Rose, Aagje Swinnen, Iris van der Tuin, Charlotte Witt, Charlotte Witt.

  • Various times, see program
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  • butleramsterdam.com
  • De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
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  • DAS Choreography

    BAU Meeting

    An evening hosted by Giulio D’Anna

    5 Apr 2017

    DAS Choreography

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  • As part of our desire to create a strong network between artists and sharing new ideas to support a vibrant art scene, this BAU meeting will be dedicated to the relationship between artists and critics.
    Are there new possible ways to enrich the current dialogue? What can be done to support continuity of ideas in a digital world where ideas need to be quickly communicated? Can the role of the art critic be the one of fostering inspiration and the supporting the spreading of the new languages of the artists?

  • 7:30 pm
  • Free of charge
  • bau.amsterdam
  • Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 KS Amsterdam
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  • SNDO

    SNDO 2 Festival 2017

    SNDO 2 students

    6, 7 & 8 Apr 2017

    Academy of Theatre and Dance

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  • The second year students of the SNDO – School for New Dance Development create one assessed work during their second year at the SNDO. In this process students gain experience in working with and within the technical theater environment, more specifically in the studio setting within the Academy of Theatre and Dance. This year’s program is divided in two parts presenting the works of Stina Fors, Mami Kang, Emile Lagarde, Alexey Shkolnik and Maya Tamir on 6, 7 and 8 April and works of Elisabeth Raymond, Milou van Duijnhoven, Ahmed Elgendy, Maria Netti Nüganen, Diego Oliveira and Mezhgan Saleh on 20, 21 and 22 April 2017.

  • 7 pm
  • free entrance
  • www.sndo.nl
  • Jodenbreestraat 3
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  • 0608

  • SNDO

    SNDO 4 presents: WW | WELCOME TO THE WALRUS

    SNDO graduates

    6, 7 & 8 Apr 2017

    HZT in Uferstudios

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  • The 4th year students of the SNDO – School for New Dance Development graduate by creating two works next to writing a thesis and completing their internship. The first works are usually presented in Spring, the second ones in June. These programs take place in venues outside the school offering the students professional working conditions and the artistic context. The Spring works travel to Berlin, to be presented at Uferstudios within the context of an exchange between Berlin based BA program of HZT and SNDO.

  • 7 pm
  • € 4
  • uferstudios.com
  • HZT in Uferstudios, Uferstraße 23, 13357 Berlin (De)
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  • 07

  • Stedelijk Museum & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Performance by Johannes Paul Raether

    Johannes Paul Raether

    7 Apr 2017

    Stedelijk Museum

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  • The performance of Berlin-based artist Johannes Paul Raether is presented as a conclusion of the three-day international conference on resonances of the work of the critical theorist and philosopher Judith Butler. At the center of Raether’s work are constructed identities (Avataras, AlterIdentities or SelfSisters) emerging at various sites in public space where they research, teach and tell stories. In the guise of his so-called self-sisters, named Transformella, Protektorama, or Schwarmwesen, Raether challenges conventional assumptions about identities, bodies, and technology.

  • 7 pm
  • € 3-18
  • stedelijk.nl
  • Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
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  • 0708

  • Motel Mozaïque

    Motel Mozaïque Festival

    Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, Marijn Brussaard a. o.

    7 & 8 Apr 2017

    several locations, Rotterdam

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  • In 2017 the Motel Mozaique Festival will take place in different venues in the centre of Rotterdam. The 17th edition of the festival will offer exciting and beautiful (new) artists in music, art and performance. Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, Marijn Brussaard together with The Slow Show, Thundercat, Anna Meredith, Lisa Hannigan, Weyes Blood, Grandaddy, The Lemon Twigs, Joep Beving, Ryley Walker, Isaiah Rashad and many others will be there. The festival will be opened by tindersticks with an exclusive cine-concert on Thursday April 6th. There are tours around the city and a special festival bed if you want to spend the night in Rotterdam.

  • 4:30 pm
  • 2-days: €60, daypass: €37,50
  • motelmozaique.nl
  • Schiekade 189, 3013 BR, Rotterdam (Nl)
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  • 1213

  • Centre culturel suisse

    The Complete Body at Festival Extra Ball

    Contemporary Cruising a.o.

    12 & 13 Apr 2017

    Centre culturel suisse, Paris

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  • During Extra Ball Festival, the platform and artist-duo Contemporary Cruising will present the performance The Complete Body during Extra Ball festival at Centre culturel suisse Paris. Complete Body is a group exhibition in the medium of a performance. The performers become the museum where the works of the artists will be on display. Contemporary cruising will be setting up an atmospheric choreography consisting of two performers.
    For the 9th edition of the festival, CCS gives carte blanche to Lausanne festival Les Urbaines, to (re)discover Swiss and international emblematic artists of Les Urbaines last editions. See full program of the festival.

  • 7:30 pm
  • € 12
  • ccsparis.com
  • 32-38 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris (Fr)
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  • 14

  • De Appel

    Open Avond(S)

    14 Apr 2017

    Broedplaats LELY

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  • Open Avond(S) proposes artists an open space, through an open call, in order to connect resources from the archive of De Appel, with contemporary performance practices. This OA is inspired by two historical projects, based on the idea of a continuous and free use of the space of De Appel: “A Prediction: 5 days and nights at de Appel” by Reindeer Werk, 1978, and “Gratis Slapen/Free Dormitory” by Jan Mlcoch, 1980. As a revival of these projects, Open Avond(S) will last overnight and join ‘The Night of Exhaustion and Exuberance’, organised by the De Appel Curatorial Programme 2016 – 2017, which will start at 6pm on Friday 14 April and finish at 9am on 15 April.

  • 6 pm
  • dappel.nl
  • De Appel (thinks) Schipluidenlaan 12D4 1062 HE Amsterdam
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  • SNDO

    NotBusy – sndomeetsmtd

    SNDO and MTD students

    14 & 15 Apr 2017

    Veem House for Performance

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  • The collaboration between 3rd year choreographers of the SNDO and dancers from 2nd year of the MTD, has become an annual tradition. The exchange works as follows: The SNDO3 students get a carte blanche to create a choreography for the dancers of MTD2. Participants of this year’s edition are: SNDO | Andreas Chanis, Charlie Laban Trier, Elisa Zuppini, Laura van Bergem, Michael Scerbo, Antonia Steffens, Laima Jaunzema and Emma Gioia; MTD | Sarah Abicht, Timon De Ridder, Ella van Duijnhoven, Hannah Kriesmair, Pilvi Kuronen, Christian Nujster, Marc Oliveras Casas, Diana Šenauskaitė, Louis Siegert, Maxine Van Lishout, Ana, Van Tendeloo, Andrei Voicu, Andrea Deseva, Evgeniia Rubanova.

  • 7 pm
  • € 3 - € 7,50
  • sndo.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 410, Amsterdam
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  • 1524

  • PAF - Performing Arts Forum

    Spring Meeting

    Jason Read, Danielle Macbeth, Lauren Berlant

    15-24 Apr 2017

    Performing Arts Forum

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  • This will be the seventh edition of Spring Meeting. The format might be familiar by now: three speakers, three days, five hours per day, no written papers. PAF continues to be orientated towards bringing together artists, theorists, scientists, and many others around something like discipline across disciplines. To this end Jason Read, Danielle Macbeth, & Lauren Berlant have been invited because they represent three diverse engagements with thought encompassing empirical and speculative dimensions of politics, culture, art, philosophy and science.

  • See program
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  • pa-f.net
  • 15 rue Haute, 02820 St Erme Outre et Ramecourt
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  • 18

  • Kaaitheater

    Perhaps it is high time for a xeno-architecture to match

    Markus Miessen & Armen Avanessian

    18 Apr 2017

    Kaaitheater, Brussels

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  • By turning away from “what is” toward “what could be”, is it possible to built an architecture (of knowing) that can deal with today’s overwhelming complexity and global unrest? This evening is a speculative sense event investigating how space can be understood differently. In an experimental attempt to abductively produce something “other,” we witness the development of new knowledge in the making. Embracing a process of poetic encounters, philosopher Armen Avanessian and architect Markus Miessen host scent artist Beau Rhee (New York), noise musician Mattin (Berlin) and video artists Tim Tsang & Parches (Los Angeles) to live-explore the potentiality of a xeno-architecture. More info on perhapsitishightimeforaxenoarchitecturetomatch.org

  • 8:30 pm
  • € 5
  • kaaitheater.be
  • Square Sainctelette, 1000 Brussels (Be)
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  • 18

  • Café De Ruimte

    DITDIT-DADA-DITDIT

    Michelle N’toumba & Jesus de Vega a. o.

    18 Apr 2017

    Café de Ruimte

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  • A close combination of food, dance, music, (Dutch) poetry and performance. The performance of the night is choreographed and performed by Jesús de Vega, a Spanish choreographer guest artist and author of ICKamsterdam. His physical work is full of complexity and emotional undertones. Jesús forms a duo with the Dutch-Congolese multi-instrumentalist Chai Blaq, alias Michelle N’Toumba. She makes and sings with a seducing marble voice to the freaky Afro-European beats, R & B, dubstep tunes. A colourfull experimental performance evening in an exciting venue in The North of Amsterdam.

  • 7 pm
  • €19,50 inclusive dinner
  • cafederuimte.nl
  • Café de Ruimte Distelweg 83 1031 HD Amsterdam
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  • 1819

  • Akademie der Kunst der Welt

    Symposium The Extreme Centre

    Tariq Ali, Saskia Sassen, Michael Portnoy, Ágnes Heller

    18 & 19 Apr 2017

    Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz, Cologne

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  • A Symposium on the Future of Politics in Times of Populism. A seismic shock coupled with fear has seized the worldwide political landscape. Since the US presidential election and the UK’s vote to leave the EU, populist positions that until recently lurked in obscurity on the margins of democracy are abruptly gaining centrality. On the horizon appears not only a possible collapse of the EU but also a worldwide victory of authoritarian systems. Propaganda, hate speech, and attacks on minorities are suddenly becoming commonplace again. Is a new fascism imminent with the mainstream entry of right-wing nationalist positions? Or do different variations of fascism spread themselves out in a diversity of national flavours, whether in Europe or in the USA?

  • 5:30 pm
  • Symposium 8 € / 5 €
  • academycologne.org
  • Aachener Str. 5, Köln (De)
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  • 18

  • If I Can't Dance

    Writing Out Loud – lecture and book presentation

    Jon Mikel Euba

    18 Apr 2017

    CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (ES)

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  • On 18 April, Jon Mikel Euba will present his recently published book, Writing Out Loud, alongside a lecture and workshop at CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid as part of its newly initiated “School” programme. Further details and bookings here. Writing Out Loud brings together the transcriptions of eight lectures by Euba that were live translated from Spanish to English during the course Action Unites, Words Divide (On Praxis, An Unstated Theory) at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). The lectures were delivered across the academic year 2014 – 2015 at the invitation of If I Can’t Dance. Further details about the book and how to purchase it can be found here.

  • 6.30pm
  • Free admission
  • ca2m.org
  • Avda. Constitución 23 28931 Móstoles, Madrid, Spain
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  • 2022

  • SNDO

    SNDO 2 Festival 2017

    SNDO 2 students

    20, 21 & 22 Apr 2017

    SNDO, Amsterdam

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  • The second year students of the SNDO – School for New Dance Development create one assessed work during their second year at the SNDO. In this process students gain experience in working with and within the technical theater environment, more specifically in the studio setting within the Academy of Theatre and Dance. This year’s program is divided in two parts presenting the works of Stina Fors, Mami Kang, Emile Lagarde, Alexey Shkolnik and Maya Tamir on 6, 7 and 8 April and works of Elisabeth Raymond, Milou van Duijnhoven, Ahmed Elgendy, Maria Netti Nüganen, Diego Oliveira and Mezhgan Saleh on 20, 21 and 22 April 2017.

  • 7 pm
  • free entrance
  • sndo.nl
  • Jodenbreestraat 3, 1011 NG
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  • WIELS & Kunstenfestivaldesarts

    The Absent Museum. Blueprint for a museum of contemporary art for the capital of Europe

    Various artists

    20 Apr-13 Aug 2017

    WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

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  • How can artists maintain the tension between globalisation’s paradoxes and history’s turbulences, and their individual sensibilities and voices? In the light of these issues and recent turbulent historical developments, it is striking to see how absent the art museums remain in urgent, public debate. Although museums – especially those devoted to contemporary art – have never been as popular as they are today, they are still notably absent from the public space and their voice goes unheard in the formation of public opinion. Existing works and new productions of about 45 artists will translate and interpret the challenges that museum institutions face today, as well as the communities they inspire.

  • 11:00am
  • € 5-12
  • wiels.org
  • Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, Brussels
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  • Spring Performance Festival

    various artists

    23 Apr 2017

    Cinetol theater, Library and Tolbar

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  • Spring Performance Festival (SPF) is a block party festival of performances. The annual SPF is an initiative of Galerie Juliette Jongma and Kunstverein, Amsterdam, in collaboration with De Ateliers.

    SPF 2017 is curated by Geo Wyeth and organized by Jeanine Hofland. Performances by: niv Acosta, Johannes Büttner, DYNASTY HANDBAG, Dr. Holobiont and the Lichens, Geo Wyeth, and Bruno Zhu.

  • kunstverein.nl/SPF2017
  • Tolstraat 160 & 182, Amsterdam
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  • 2716

  • KIOSK

    Show Me Your Archive And I Will Tell You Who Is In Power

    Various artists and researchers

    27 Apr-16 Jun 2017

    Kiosk Gallery, Ghent

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  • Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power combines an exhibition with a public program of lectures, panel discussions, performances and screenings to present stories from the history of feminist struggle. Issues of race, gender and class are covered from a so-called intersectional perspective, an approach that works to bring to the fore the combinations of discriminatory practices and the dynamics they engender.  Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power wishes to extend its scope beyond Western, white feminism and to trace the beginnings of a transnational and intersectional perspective in Belgian feminism and beyond.

  • See program
  • kioskgallery.be
  • Louis Pasteurlaan 2 9000 Ghent
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  • Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

    Prins of Ne†works

    Rodrigo Sobarzo

    28 & 29 Apr 2017

    ARS17 programme, Helsinki (Fi)

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  • Prins of Ne†works is grounded in the idea that the artificial, digital or virtual are part of nature. It materializes as an experiential capsule where we gather to visually reflect upon different states of matter and its natural cycles. Twinning art production with the chemical process of decompose; Prins of Ne†works is a visual manifesto probing new ecologies, that blends the digital and the analogue as one.

  • fri 7 pm/ sat 2 & 4 pm
  • €21
  • kiasma-teatteri.fi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
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      • De Vleeshal

        Why Patterns?

        various artists

        2 Apr-11 Jun 2017

        Middelburg

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      • Why Patterns? is a group exhibition that brings together contemporary and historical artists who share a common interest in experimental music. In their work they explore forms of coincidence, improvisation, and abstract notational systems. The exhibition includes sound sculptures, audio, scores, textiles, video, drawings, and performance. Its title is borrowed from a 1978 musical composition by Morton Feldman with the same name.
        With: Noa Eshkol, Daan Gielis, Radna Rumping, Damon Zucconi, Milan Grygar, Lina Lapelyte, Sergei Tcherepnin, Les Trucs, and Hannah Weinberger

      • Wed-Fri 1 pm-5pm / Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
      • €4 / students & under 18: free
      • vleeshal.nl
      • Markt 1, Middelburg (Nl)
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      • 0312

      • Dansmakers

        Weekly Sharing Practice

        Various initiators

        3 Apr-12 Jun 2017

        Dansmakers, Amsterdam

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      • Sharing Practice is a new open practice at Dansmakers Amsterdam where the dance maker, performer and professional opens up his studio at crucial moments in his creative process. Key in these sessions are exchange and exploration.This open sessions works as an exchange in which the dance professional set its ideas and movement idiom to the test and in which he receives physical feedback from the participant. On the other side, the participant challenges his physical boundaries and connect to a substantive story. The main purpose of the Sharing Practice is about making all kinds of interaction between dance makers, dance professionals, artists and interested parties possible. Bookings ruth@dansmakers.nl.

      • 10 am - 12 am
      • € 3
      • dansmakers.nl
      • Studio Cube, Gedempt hamerkanaal 203, Amsterdam Noord
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      • 2013

      • WIELS & Kunstenfestivaldesarts

        The Absent Museum. Blueprint for a museum of contemporary art for the capital of Europe

        Various artists

        20 Apr-13 Aug 2017

        WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

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      • How can artists maintain the tension between globalisation’s paradoxes and history’s turbulences, and their individual sensibilities and voices? In the light of these issues and recent turbulent historical developments, it is striking to see how absent the art museums remain in urgent, public debate. Although museums – especially those devoted to contemporary art – have never been as popular as they are today, they are still notably absent from the public space and their voice goes unheard in the formation of public opinion. Existing works and new productions of about 45 artists will translate and interpret the challenges that museum institutions face today, as well as the communities they inspire.

      • 11:00am
      • € 5-12
      • wiels.org
      • Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, Brussels
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      • 2716

      • KIOSK

        Show Me Your Archive And I Will Tell You Who Is In Power

        Various artists and researchers

        27 Apr-16 Jun 2017

        Kiosk Gallery, Ghent

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      • Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power combines an exhibition with a public program of lectures, panel discussions, performances and screenings to present stories from the history of feminist struggle. Issues of race, gender and class are covered from a so-called intersectional perspective, an approach that works to bring to the fore the combinations of discriminatory practices and the dynamics they engender.  Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power wishes to extend its scope beyond Western, white feminism and to trace the beginnings of a transnational and intersectional perspective in Belgian feminism and beyond.

      • See program
      • kioskgallery.be
      • Louis Pasteurlaan 2 9000 Ghent
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      • 1824

      • Corpus

        Linnæus in Tenebris

        Naufus Ramírez-Figuero

        18 May-24 Sep 2017

        CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FR)

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      • For his first solo show in France, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa taps into science fiction and biotechnology to address a recurrent subject in his sculptural and performative work, namely, the suffering of the land and of the people who farm it. Linnæus in Tenebris, his site-specific installation for the Nave at CAPC, is situated within the historic context of the eighteenth century, a time that still dominates much of Bordeaux’s architectural landscape. His work focuses on an emblematic figure of the Enlightenment, the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who created a nomenclature that made it possible to classify most of the living species known at the time.

      • Tue–Sun, 11am–6pm; Wed, open until 8pm
      • €7–€4
      • capc-bordeaux.fr
      • 7, rue Ferrère F-33000, Bordeaux, France
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      • 2610

      • If I Can't Dance, a.o.

        To Become Two

        Alex Martinis Roe

        26 May-10 Jun 2017

        The Showroom, London (UK)

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      • The Showroom presents To Become Two, a new film installation by Berlin-based artist Alex Martinis Roe that stems from her ongoing engagement with international feminist communities and their political practices. At The Showroom, the project will further evolve with a programme of events and workshops led by Martinis Roe. In the workshops, contributors will undertake a series of exercises that expand on proposals shared in the Our Future Network film to culminate in a final public event. Further details about the exhibition and the programme are available here.

      • See programme
      • Free admission
      • theshowroom.org
      • 63 Penfold Street London NW8 8PQ, United Kingdom
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      • 2724

      • Allan Pierson Museum

        CAST WITNESSES, ALLARD PIERSON EDITION

        Sarah van Lamsweerde

        27 May-24 Jun 2017

        Allan Pierson Museum

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      • Far up in the attic of Amsterdam’s main archeology museum, past the coffee machine and a row of cramped offices, a silent crowd of replicated Greco-Roman statues await sporadic visitors, meanwhile digesting their improbable biographies marked by migration, fragmentation and disrepair. Cast Witnesses relates to these leftover replicas of a past civilization by using the plaster figures as proxies for our collective pains and desires. With tactile and textual interactions, two mediators will guide visitors along their disjointed counterparts, in a performative experience that blends ekphrasis (art works described purely for the mind’s eye) with therapy.
        Various performances sessions on May 27TH, June 10th and June 24th.

      • Various times, see program
      • See program
      • allardpiersonmuseum.nl
      • Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam
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      • 3003

      • basis for Live Art

        FLAM Forum for Live Art Amsterdam. A Week of Performance Art

        Various artists

        30 May-3 Jun 2017

        Arti et Amicitiae and Frascati Theater

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      • FLAM presents a week of ongoing experimental Live Art presentations, featuring a program of cross-disciplinary and radically experimental work by more than twenty local and international artists. For its seventh iteration, FLAM explores questions around self-presentation, self-transformation and a heightened state of alterity (otherness) in the digital age. The possibilities to create, manipulate and perform different selves through selfies and constant status updates, have given rise to a variety of questions about performance and performativity. FLAM 2017 aims to provoke reflection and debate about the ways in which states of alterity, performativity and otherness are embodied and manifested in daily presentations of the self.

      • € 5-12
      • http://basisforliveart.com
      • Rokin 112 & Nes 63, Amsterdam
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      • 3104

      • DAS Theatre

        Time Between Dog and Wolf- DAS Graduate School Presentations

        Various Artists

        31 May-4 Jun 2017

        DAS Graduate School & La Casa de Barro

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      • After two years of study and inquiry into their artistic practices, a period of consuming close reading and of applying various lenses, our eight graduating students will be showing work which invites new ways of seeing. The ‘time between dog and wolf’, in French, is the space when a dog could be a wolf and a wolf could be a dog. Where many things are still possible, and we become aware of seeing itself.
        With: Gabino Rodríguez, Annefleur Schep, Olga Tsvetkova, Abhishek Thapar, Noha Ramadan, Noah Voelker, Enkidu Khaled and Cecilia Lisa Eliceche.

      • See program
      • € 10 / €5
      • dasgraduateschoolfestival.nl
      • Overhoeksplein 2 & Oudezijds Achterburgwal 199, Amsterdam
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      • 0119

      • EYE Museum

        CINEMA EROTICA: An Ode to Lust

        1-19 Jun 2017

        EYE Museum, Amsterdam

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      • The erotica collection of EYE Film Museum includes no fewer than a thousand titles, but they are rarely taken off the shelf. Cinema Erotica brushes aside cinematic decorum to present an ode to lust featuring historical curios, films by contemporary artists, talks and musical performances. Cinema Erotica celebrates sensuality, squarely faces the embarrassing darker sides of lust like sex addiction and offers a compendium of seductive film history: from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour (1950) to David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001), from Bettie Page to Isabelle Huppert.

      • Various Times, see program
      • €10 / €7,50
      • eyefilm.nl
      • IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam
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      • 0103

      • Kunststiftung NRW

        Inventur 2 – Contemporary Dance & Performance

        Claire Bishop, Nora Chiapaumire, Trajal Harrell, Bojana Kunst, Jay Pather, et al.

        1, 2 & 3 Jun 2017

        tanzhaus nrw

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      • INVENTUR 2 wants to analyse the current situation within contemporary dance and performance art. Thirteen years after the first INVENTUR (Vienna 2004), the prominent performers of the field discuss central topics within the latest developments of contemporary dance and art, taking into consideration current political, ecological and economic crises. In nine panels, curated by Sigrid Gareis, Gabriele Brandstetter, Martina Hochmuth and Bettina Masuch, both the inventory and the inventory-taking itself will be up for discussion. Among the contributor are Jay Pather, Nora Chiapaumire, Raimund Hoghe, Claire Bishop, Trajal Harrell, Panaibra Gabriel Canda, Bojana Kunst, Mithkal Alzghair, Susan Leigh Foster, Janez Janša, Rabih Mroué, Bojana Cvejic, and many more. 

      • 10:00am
      • € 30
      • tanzhaus-nrw.de
      • Erkrather Str. 30, Düsseldorf
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      • 0304

      • Veem House

        Bombyx Mori

        Ola Maciejewska

        3 & 4 Jun 2017

        Serralves Foundation, Porto

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      • In this piece for three dancers, Ola Maciejewska draws her inspiration from Fuller’s Serpentine Dance. She explores the relationship in the arts between human beings and physical matter by creating movement in large pieces of fabric. She plays with the confluence of bodies and objects and the battle that these wage. Bombyx Mori alludes to the silk caterpillar, which has become entirely dependent on human beings for survival. Here, the natural body and the artificial process are inextricably linked: a poignant metaphor for this sculptural interpretation of one of the pioneers of modern dance and performance art.

      • 3rd June 6:00pm & 10:00pm, 4th June 5:00pm
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      • serralves.pt
      • R. Dom João de Castro 210, Porto (Pt)
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      • 0416

      • Cure Park

        Cure Park: around the art of care

        Cathalijne Smulders, Lendl Barcelos, Valentina Desideri, Myriam Lefkowitz, Shana Moulton a. o.

        4 Jun-16 Jul 2017

        Amsterdamse Bos

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      • Cure Park is a contemporary health resort that will pitch its tents among the trees of the Amsterdam Forest. As Joseph Beuys said, art can heal. Perhaps we should turn this quote around and say that ‘healing can also be art’ (AA Bronson). Cure Park creates a place where we can develop new care techniques, for ourselves, each other and our environment. Cure Park brings together a multidimensional program, comprising installations, experiments, interventions, workshops, exercises, lectures, performances and films. Cure Park emanated from Cure Master, a two-year master program initiated by the Sandberg Institute.

      • Various times, see program
      • curepark.nl
      • Bostheater, De Duizendmeterweg 7, Amstelvee
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      • 0406

      • Holland Festival

        Rito de Primavera

        José Vidal & Compañía

        4, 5 & 6 Jun 2017

        Westergasfabriek, Zuiveringshal West

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      • A pagan sacrificial ritual, a dance of death and the beginning of a new spring. There has been ritual dance for as long as people have existed. The Chilean choreographer José Vidal has created a completely new ritual for the present day, with fifty dancers, an electronic soundtrack by the DJ and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hast, and a euphoric stage performance that appeals to all the senses. The dancers and the audience come together in the near-darkness of Zuiveringshal West. Lose yourself in the throng and experience this mystical underground rave. It is a passionate celebration of dance.

      • 8:30pm, Monday at 4:00pm and 8:30pm
      • € 18 - € 26
      • hollandfestival.nl
      • Pazzanistraat 37, 1014 DB Amsterdam
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      • Skulptur Projekte 2017

        Skulptur Projekte 2017

        Various artists

        10 Jun 2017

        Münster, DE

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      • Held every ten years (1977, 1987, 1997, 2007) in the German city of Münster, Skulptur Projekte Münster presents the works of international artists in a wide variety of spaces around the city.

        In altogether three issues, a magazine series entitled Out of is accompanying the development of the Skulptur Projekte 2017. Each issue takes as its orientation a concept fundamentally linked with the experience of sclupture and projects in the outdoor space: body, time and place. Download them using the following link.
        https://www.skulptur-projekte.de/#/En/Publications

      • 5:00pm
      • Free
      • skulptur-projekte.de
      • LWL-Museum fur Kunst and Kultur, Domplatz 10, Münster
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      • 1011

      • Holland Festival

        La Chanson de Roland

        Wael Shawky

        10 & 11 Jun 2017

        Amsterdam

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      • Wale Shawky’s large musical and theatrical installation La Chanson de Roland translates the epic French verse into classic Arabic and features performances by 25 fidjeri singers. Fidjeri is a type of music sung by pearl divers from the Persian Gulf states, as part of a tradition dating back more than 800 years. Fidjeri singers are famed for their expressive solo performances accompanied by a choir, percussion and maritime-inspired choreography. Shawky here works with the musicians on stage for the first time, combining this authentic Arabian tradition with one of the earliest works of French literature.

      • 11:00pm
      • €29 / €26 / students €18
      • hollandfestival.nl
      • Stadsschouwburg / Rabozaal, Leidseplein 26 1017 PT
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      • 10

      • Girls Like Us & San Serriffe 2

        Girl Like Us #9: DANCE & DANCING Issue launch

        Various contributors

        10 Jun 2017

        San Serriffe 2

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      • GIRLS LIKE US is an independent magazine turning the spotlight on an international expanding community of women from all genders within arts, culture and activism. Through personal stories, essays and vanguard visuals GIRLS LIKE US unfolds feminist legacies in arts and writing. Mixing politics with pleasure, the magazine is mapping collaborative routes towards a non-patriarchy.
        Edited in collaboration with the New York-based artist and writer Emma Hedditch this new issue explores the New York dance scene – past, present and future.
        More on the issue DANCE & DANCING and its contributors.

      • 8 pm
      • Free of charge
      • facebook event
      • Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam
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      • 1314

      • Frascati

        The Tempest Society

        Bouchra Khalili

        13 & 14 Jun 2017

        Amsterdam

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      • Three people from different backgrounds set up a theatre company in Athens. Together with their audience, they seek to investigate the current state of Greece and Europe on the stage. Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili recorded their experiment in this film. The company is called The Tempest Society in homage to legendary Parisian theatre company Al Assifa (‘The Storm’ in Arabic). This company, made up of immigrants and students, came up with the idea of a ‘theatrical newspaper’ in the 1970s. Through their performances, they carried on a daily struggle against inequality and racism. Now, forty years later, this forgotten heritage is re-emerging in Greece.

      • 8.30pm
      • € 18
      • frascatitheater.nl
      • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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      • Perdu

        Ways to Write the Body

        One Alkema, Quinn Eades, Anna Poletti

        14 Jun 2017

        Amsterdam

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      • Perdu hosts award-winning Australian poet, writer and researcher Quinn Eades, who will be introduced by literature scholar Anna Poletti (Universiteit Utrecht). This program’s focus will be writing from, rather than about, life experiences and the body, particularly around gender and sexuality. Participants are invited to engage in a series of writing exercises, and Eades, alongside Obe Alkema and other Dutch feminist and genderqueer poets, will read from their own work. Programme in English and Dutch.

      • 8:00pm
      • € 5
      • perdu.nl
      • Kloveniersburgwal 86 1012 CZ Amsterdam
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      • Sandberg Institute

        Sandberg Institute Graduation Show

        Various artists

        15-21 Jun 2017

        Amsterdam

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      • In June the Sandberg Instituut will have it’s annual graduation show. The five permanent departments and two temporary programmes will all host their own shows at various locations in Amsterdam. Check the full program .
        14 June MA Studio for Immediate Spaces, at Station Noord
        16 June MA Critical Studies, at Butcher’s Tears + MA Fashion Matters, at Nieuw Dakota
        + MA Materialisation in Art and Design, at Looiersgracht 60
        17 June MA Design, at Shelter Amsterdam + MA Dirty Art Department, at Krux
        21 June MA Fine Arts ‘A Rose Is A Rose’, at various locations

      • Various times, see program
      • Free of charge
      • sandberg.nl
      • Overschiestraat 188, Amsterdam
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      • 1517

      • SNDO

        Realitic – SNDO Graduation Works 2017

        SNDO GRADUATES

        15, 16 & 17 Jun 2017

        Amsterdam

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      • Witness the graduating year of SNDO, presenting their final works in June 2017. This year’s SNDO graduates are Juan Pablo Cámara, Chengbei Duan, Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen, Mao Nakagawa, Estefano Romani, Tea Teearu and Andrea Zavala Folache. For this final festival the students work with curator Susan Gibb. Being part of the ongoing trajectory spanning three study years, in this context they engage in a ‘hands on’ artist-curator dialogue and process. The poster and visual campaign is a part of this trajectory and outcome of the collaboration between SNDO 4 students and Elisabeth Rafstedt and Nina Schouten, graduates Graphic Design Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

      • 7:00pm
      • € 5 - 9
      • frascatitheater.nl
      • Frascati Theater, Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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      • 1617

      • Frascati

        Simple as ABC #2: Keep calm & validate

        Thomas Bellinck

        16 & 17 Jun 2017

        Frascati 1

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      • How does European migration ­management work? What does a border mean if the border is everywhere? Theatre-maker Thomas Bellinck spoke to border and data managers in control rooms and on the fringes of Europe. With two actors, four musicians and ten gigabytes of audio material, he created Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate, a documentary musical on social selection and how we contract out our unease.

      • 8:30pm
      • € 26
      • frascatitheater.nl
      • Nes 63, Amsterdam
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      • 1617

      • DAS Graduate School

        Das Theatre – First Year Presentations

        Various Artists

        16 & 17 Jun 2017

        Amsterdam

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      • The first-year DAS Theatre students will share the outcome of their experimentations in short works. Expect a varied programme, with breaks for our traditional servings of finger food.
        With: Szymon Adamczak, Catarina Vieira, Sofia Dinger, Erin Lamontagne/Erin Hill, Alice Pons and Clara García Fraile
        The programme differs each day so please check the schedule for details.

        Register with an email to martin.brans@ahk.nl

      • 7:00 pm
      • Free with registration
      • ahk.nl
      • Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands
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      • 1620

      • Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

        Cinema Olanda: Platform

        Wendelien van Oldenborgh

        16 Jun-20 Aug 2017

        Rotterdam

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      • Witte de With transforms into an adaptable platform for groups and individuals who have informed Cinema Olanda, artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh and curator Lucy Cotter’s presentation in the Dutch pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale 2017. A series of changing presentations and six weeks of public events will be programmed by Quinsy Gario (Artist, Poet), Charl Landvreugd (Artist, Curator, Writer), Patricia Pisters and Esther Peeren (ASCA, University of Amsterdam), New Urban Collective (Jessica de Abreu, Mitchell Esajas), and First Things First (Katayoun Arian, Louise Autar, Max de Ploeg). See wdw.nl for the full timeline

      • €6/Museumcard free
      • wdw.nl
      • Witte de Witstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam
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      • 1608

      • Rongwrong

        Bei Cosy

        Various artists

        16 Jun-8 Jul 2017

        Rongwrong

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      • Bei Cosy is a somewhere between an exhibition, a bar and a costume party, taking place over 4 weeks in the belly of Rongwrong. The project will feature a roster of invited artists hosting events every Friday and Saturday night and a series of newly commissioned works entitled Fingerbekenntnisse. Taking its name from a celebrated bar in Munich run by the artist Cosy Pièro from 1962 – 82, the project will pay homage to her work, the significance of her bar and its active position in the sexual politics of the time.
        The concept of Bei Cosy is by Philipp Gufler and Richard John Jones in collaboration with Cosy Pièro, Sands Murray-Wassink and Laurie Cluitmans.

      • 5 pm
      • Free of charge
      • rongwrong.org
      • Binnen Bantammerstraat 2, Amsterdam
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      • 17

      • WhyNot, Lava Lab / Hackers & Designers

        The Body &

        Joana Chicau, JODI, OBOL LE

        17 Jun 2017

        Amsterdam

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      • WhyNot organizes in collaboration with Lava Lab / Hackers & Designers the pilot of our new series The Body &. With each edition, we combine the dance & performance world with another creative scene to give you an insight in this crossdisciplinairy practise and open up new ways of thinking. Our aim is to let dance and movement inspire other disciplines, and visa versa.
        This first pilot edition, named The Body & < >, will be about movement, live performance and computer language. Artists that are working on the border of choreography and coding will talk about and present their work from 8 pm. Afterwards, we have a drink! During the day, both dancers/performers and coders can participate in a workshop by Joana Chicau.

      • 10:00am, 8:00pm
      • Pay what you want
      • facebook.com
      • Lava Lab Asterdwarsweg 5, 1031 HR Amsterdam
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      • 17

      • Frascati theater

        Cybernetic, Algorithmic, Systemic Theatre Symposium

        Annie Dorsen, Orion Maxted, Špela Petrič, Miha Turšič, Ogutu Muraya a. o.

        17 Jun 2017

        Frascati 2

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      • We are fascinated by systems, systems thinking, cybernetics, and algorithms – because they are reshaping​ our world for good and for bad​.​ They drive​ the internet, biotechnology, artificial intelligence​, our understanding of ‘ecosystem’, and much more. In parallel they shape our thinking, providing ​a set of interrelated ​​world views, ​metaphors and ​strategies​. They present a picture in which we think of economies, the internet, cells, language, performance and the concentration of wealth and power as sharing underlying principles of complex systems. This afternoon symposium will be an opportunity to introduce these interrelated scientific fields to parallel approaches by contemporary theatre makers.​ See the full program

      • 12:30 am
      • € 7,50
      • frascatitheater.nl
      • Nes 63, Amsterdam
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      • 18

      • Veem House

        The Seafroth Knows Neither Pain nor Time

        Anthony Nestel

        18 Jun 2017

        De Balie, Amsterdam

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      • Visual artist Anthony Nestel will present his performance The Seafroth Knows Neither Pain nor Time: a hyper-actual and symbolic performance in which Nestel, in a world that struggles with refugees, racism, growing nationalism and the abuse of power, searches an alternative for the linear and singular European way of thinking: “a world in relation.” How does a world in which cultures and individuals continually interact and influence each other, look like? A society in which the way people interact with each other, constantly renews itself? What new perspectives does this dynamic world view offer us? With his performance “The Seafroth” Nestel challenges his audience to think about these big questions.

      • 2:00 pm
      • € 5
      • debalie.nl
      • Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10 1017 RR Amsterdam
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      • 1930

      • CND Pantin/Paris/Lyon

        Camping: International choreographic platform

        Various guests

        19-30 Jun 2017

        Pantin, Paris and Lyon (Fr)

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      • Camping is an international platform for workshops, a unique opportunity to meet people who work in the international choreographic field, open towards other artistic disciplines. Camping is an artistic camp encouraging the poetic experience of dance, theatre, performance and visual art. For two weeks in Pantin, Paris and Lyon, Camping offers classes, workshops, talks, performances, screenings and public presentations.
        With Simon Mayer, Miguel Gutierrez, Deborah Hay, Gisèle Vienne, Emmanuelle Huynh, Vera Mantero, Joris Lacoste, Volmir Cordeiro, Jean-Luc Verna, Mithkal Alzghair, Ana Rita Teodoro, a. o.

      • Various times, see program
      • See program
      • cnd.fr
      • Pantin, Paris and Lyon (Fr)
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      • 2224

      • SNDO

        SNDO 1 presents: H E N O T I C

        22, 23 & 24 Jun 2017

        Academy of Theatre and Dance

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      • H E N O T I C (adjective) of pertaining to the production of peace and harmony; unifying.

        ”Encompassing the experiences of each polar mind, the effort of restoring friendly relations between different continents, H E N O T I C – is what we bring to the front. A safe heaven that aims to give the makers unlimited possibilities to embrace the experiment.” The evening unfolds around eleven 10 minute pieces by SNDO students of the first year: Keerthi  Basavarajaiah, Yannick Bosc, Jette Loona Hermanis, Dasom Lee, Fernanda Libman Fonseca, Ingeborg  Meier Andersen, Carolina Papetti, Naomie Pieter, Johhan Rosenberg, Tamir Eting and Louise Doumeng.

      • 19:00
      • free, reservation necessary
      • www.sndo.nl
      • Jodenbreestraat 3, Amsterdam
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      • 2730

      • Research Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale

        Camino Event: Choreography

        27-30 Jun 2017

        Research Pavilion, Venice

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      • The last week of June, 2017 at the University of the Arts’ Research Pavilion in Venice is dedicated to choreography. During the week the Camino Events program includes seminars, workshops and performances exploring the world through bodily experience and the possibilities of choreographic thinking. More information on the week.
        The Research Pavilion constitutes a high level critical platform that produces a significant addition to the 57th Venice Biennale by showcasing how universities and academies function today as experimental laboratories within contemporary art.

      • Various times, see program
      • Free of charge
      • researchpavilion.fi
      • Sala del Camino, Campo S. Cosmo Giudecca, 621 Venice (It)
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      • Universiteit van Amsterdam

        Cheers to Science: Complexity and the social. Is society like an anthill?

        Petter Törnberg (phd)

        29 Jun 2017

        SPUI25

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      • In the age of social media, the traditional static view of society as a machine is increasingly being replaced by a new image of society: as an anthill, or a flock of birds – illustrating concepts such as self-organization, non-linearity and agency. Concepts of complexity suggest new tools for the study of society: sophisticated mathematical and computational methods developed in physics and computer science, dynamical systems theory, complex network analysis, agent-based modelling. In this talk, Petter Törnberg takes a closer look at the ‘complexity revolution.’ Does the new analogue truly capture the nature of society? What does complexity bring into focus; what does it leave out?

      • 20:00
      • Free (rsvp spui25@uva.nl)
      • spui25.nl
      • Spui 25-27, 1012 XM Amsterdam
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