PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

About

Performance Platform is a website and webapp listing public activities from four different organisations based in Amsterdam: Het Veem Theater, NBprojects, If I Can't Dance and DasArts. In addition, it calls attention to other performance-related events in the city and abroad. Performance Platform is an entirely subjective, but broadly oriented mapping of the performance landscape. More than a user-friendly listing, it opens up existing pathways through the city and invites discovery across the various institutions where (performing) arts take place. Far from attempting an all-encompassing survey of the field, we include performance-related activities that have captured our imagination: mainly in Amsterdam – to strengthen the local scene – but also elsewhere in the world (see: our picks and elsewhere).

Every month the four partners come together to discuss preferred landmarks within the Amsterdam performance field, unfamiliar artists, or events that arouse our curiosity. We draw attention to the things that are already here, close-by, but which are perhaps overlooked, inconspicuous or as yet unnoticed. Every month a new landscape of artistic activity arises; full of not-yet-visible links and possible interconnections, new perspectives, viewpoints and secret gardens.

The history and traditions of performance lie in the 20th century. Today, this provides references, concepts, presentation modes and 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 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, therefore the one we have chosen to carry the Performance Platform contents.

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HET VEEM THEATER

Het Veem Theater is a production house for performance based in Amsterdam. Critical approach and quest for the other than the dominant ways of unfolding the world by means of performance, form the base for the engagement with the third parties – be it with the artists, curators, institutions or public.

Het Veem Theater‘s public program comprises two main activities: the presentation of the house-produced art works - performances, performative installations, events - by the associate artists. Currently those are: Alma Söderberg, Menno Vroon, Norberto Llopis Segarra, Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Simon Tanguy, Zhana Ivanova and Diego Gil.

Ranging from discussion in an intimate setting via the public debate in the form of a conference or settling within a format of a mini-festival, to name just a few, the Curatorial Events address the issues that escape or exceed the singular artistic explorations. What cracks open during these events is the possibility to engage with the art of performance in its different facets and investigate its status as public activity at large.

Het Veem Theater’s vitality, relevance and impact are strengthened through carefully knitted network of artistically related partner organizations both locally and internationally.

Het Veem Theater is structurally supported by City of Amsterdam, Performing Arts Fund NL and EU Culture Program through Life Long Burning network activities.

www.hetveemtheater.nl

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) and affect (Edition IV) in contemporary visual art.

If I Can't Dance's current programme (Edition V) looks at the notion of appropriation in conjunction with dedication. The commissioned artists are Gerry Bibby, Sara van der Heide, Snejanka Mihaylova and Emily Roysdon; the researchers in residence are Gregg Bordowitz, Jacob Korczynski, Sven Lütticken, and Grant Watson. Edition V is curated by Frédérique Bergholtz, Tanja Baudoin 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

NBprojects IICD Het Veem Theater DASarts
Design by Kommerz / Technique by Joris Lindhout

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  • If I Can't Dance

    The Black Box Penny Arcade Peep Show/ The Drumhead

    Gerry Bibby

    1 Oct-5 Jan 2014

    12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (FR) (12 Sept 2013-5 Jan 2014)

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  • At the Biennale de Lyon Gerry Bibby presents three new works as an extension of his ongoing project for If I Can’t Dance’s programme of Commissions for Edition V. Since the opening of Edition V, Bibby has installed himself as a shifting functionary within the ongoing ‘backstage’ operations of If I Can’t Dance, touring as a production assistant. This proximity through work has informed the creation of a frankenstinean cast of characters for Bibby’s forthcoming book project. These figures will make their first appearance at the Biennale, taking form as reassembled emoticon punctuations, silk banners and with Bibby’s ongoing use of crowd control posts.

  • Start time: Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat; Sun, 11am-7pm
  • Tickets: €13/7
  • biennaledelyon.com
  • MAC Lyon, 81 Quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, France
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  • 0103

  • Rongwrong

    And how are you otherwise?

    Ulises Carrión, Adrian Piper, Taocheng Wang

    1 Oct-3 Nov 2013

    Rongwrong, Amsterdam

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  • Rongwrong, a space for art and theory based in Amsterdam, is presenting a new exhibition, titled “And how are you otherwise?” including work by Ulises Carrión, Olivia Dunbar, Martin Laborde, Adrian Piper, and Taocheng Wang.
    “On some days chance meetings on the street just don’t seem right. You vaguely recognize the faces, you try to recall their names. As the conversation hardly takes off, a lot goes on in your mind. Implicit, codified idioms – hesitating between a handshake or a kiss on the cheek. Am I smiling too much – shall I part my hair behind? And how should I begin? (…)”

  • Start time: Sat, Sun: 2–6pm; or by appointment
  • Tickets: Free admission
  • rongwrong.org
  • Binnen Bantammerstraat n.2, 1011 CK Amsterdam
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  • 0103

  • Tropenmuseum

    Escher Meets Islamic Art

    M.C. Escher

    1 Oct-3 Nov 2013

    Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (12 July-3 Nov 2013)

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  • The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam takes a fresh look at the world-famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. The exhibition ‘Escher Meets Islamic Art’ examines for the first time ever the way in which Escher was inspired by Islamic art. Prize exhibits from the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag are displayed alongside the finest examples of Escher’s drawings and graphic art.

  • Start time: Tue-Sun: 10am–5pm
  • Tickets: €12/8
  • tropenmuseum.com
  • Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam
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  • 1120

  • Museum Ludwig Köln

    Louise Lawler. Adjusted

    Louise Lawler

    11 Oct-20 Jan 2014

    Museum Ludwig Köln, Köln (DE)

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  • Louise Lawler’s photographs of works of art in museums, private collections, at auctions, or in storage emphasize the aspects that we usually fail to notice. They show just how much the meaning of art is shaped by its context, surroundings, and arrangement – and that there is no impartial way to present art. The Museum Ludwig has granted the artist total access to its building for her first large retrospective in Germany. The exhibition comprises around 80 works, which are positioned throughout the entire building, thus engendering surprising situations through their encounters with the Museum Ludwig’s permanent collection.

  • Start time: Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm
  • Tickets: €10/7/0
  • museenkoeln.de
  • Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln, Germany
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  • 1902

  • Stedelijk Museum

    Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde

    Kazimir Malevich

    19 Oct-2 Feb 2014

    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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

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

  • M HKA

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

    Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Marwa Arsanios, a.o.

    25 Oct-16 Feb 2014

    M HKA, Antwerp (BE)

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

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

  • Whitney Museum

    Rituals Of Rented Island

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

    31 Oct-2 Feb 2014

    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (USA)

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

  • Start time: Wed, Thur, Sat, Sun: 11am-6pm; Fri, 1-9pm
  • Tickets: $20/16/0
  • whitney.org
  • 945 Madison Ave. at 75th Str., NY 10021, USA
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  • 3102

  • Theater Frascati

    The Paper-Ensemble

    Jochem van Tol, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, Klara Alexova

    31 Oct-2 Nov 2013

    Theater Frascati, Amsterdam

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  • The Paper-Ensemble is a music ensemble founded in 2007 by Jochem van Tol, and has worked with performers such as Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti. This musical performance is also a visual sound installation, made up of sculptural paper instruments that arose out of a research project on sound, listening and composition. Previous locations for Paper-Ensemble performances include Hiroshima and Prague.

  • Start time: 9:30pm
  • Tickets: Free admission
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 0102

  • NBprojects

    4: STILL LIFE (Dutch premiere)

    Nicole Beutler

    1 & 2 Nov 2013

    Theater Frascati, Amsterdam

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  • In 4: STILL LIFE choreographer Nicole Beutler distils elements from the long history of partner dance. Onstage are a woman and a man. Their physicality and actions are guided by the principles of body geometry, and the geometry of space and light. All the elements of the piece are interdependent and composed musically in space and time; leading or following, merging or interfering, distant or intimate. 4: STILL LIFE is a court dance, a mating dance, a play, a ‘Lichtspiel’, a ritual. Beutler drew inspiration from the early twentieth-century Bauhaus movement for this ‘mechanical ballet’ dance duet.

  • Start time: 8pm
  • Tickets: €17/13,50
  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 0103

  • Het Veem Theater

    White

    Diego Gil

    1, 2 & 3 Nov 2013

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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  • The title stands for “white magic”, reclaiming the word magic in an attempt to re-animate, both critically and sensibly, our modes of approaching topics we are concerned with. With short demonstration acts, the two performers invoke across their bodies the affective resonances of nature, money, technology and other such concerns. “White” is a performance made of kinaesthetic rituals exploring the transmission of the political quality inherent in aesthetic gestures. Deviating from the usual statements in the arts, the political and the poetical are considered two movements of expression that activate the affective relation we have for the things we care for in this world.

  • Start time: 1 & 2 Nov. 8.30pm; 3 Nov. 4pm
  • Tickets: €15/12/10/5
  • hetveemtheater.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • 02

  • Witte de With

    ritual of queer rituals

    AA Bronson, Ron Athey, François Chaignaud, a.o.

    2 Nov 2013

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

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  • ritual of queer rituals gathers a group of artists and thinkers to conduct, perform, and discuss queer rituals in an event that explores the intersections of queer self-representation, spirituality, and the politics of the body. Featuring rituals as interventions, performances and performative lectures, ritual of queer rituals is both a celebration and critical space to discuss the role that queer rituals play today.

  • Start time: 5.10pm
  • Tickets: Reservation required
  • reservations@wdw.nl
  • Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, NL
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  • 03

  • DasArts

    DasArts & Frascati present: Family Theatre Workshop

    Vivi Tellas, young theatre makers

    3 Nov 2013

    Theater Frascati, Amsterdam

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  • The ‘great theatrical themes’ in family history: love, death, appearance, deception, secrets and betrayal are investigated by young theatre makers and their family during a one week workshop with theatre maker Vivi Tellas. Is one’s own family the first theatre we go to? Is it the first theatre we perform in? Do family members behave the same way inside and outside the family? Is this acting? Why do members of the same family have different versions about what happened?

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  • frascatitheater.nl
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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  • 05

  • Toneelac. Maastr.

    Performance Festival Maastricht

    Students, alumni Theatrical Perf. dept.

    5 Nov 2013

    Toneelacademie Maastricht (NL)

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  • Students and alumni of the Theatrical Performance of the Toneelacademie Maastricht organise their first performance festival. For the full programme, visit performance-maastricht.org

  • Start time: 10.30am
  • Tickets: Free admission
  • Lenculenstraat 31-33, 6211 KP Maastricht, NL
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  • 0607

  • DasArts

    Public interventions

    DasArts participants

    6 & 7 Nov 2013

    Locations throughout Amsterdam

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  • Unannounced and woven deeply into the fabric of everyday life, these interventions will take their inspiration from actions by other artists from times past, as recounted by Gavin Kroeber during his presence at Dasarts the week before. Following Ant and Edit’s pedagogical concept of ‘authorized plagiarism’, participants will be given carte blanche to reinterpret these actions, bringing them urgently into the now, as we look towards an uncertain future. Please see everynerve.wordpress.com for times and locations.

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  • 0607

  • Vervloessem/Tuchman

    State of the Arts

    Gosie Vervloessem & Einat Tuchman

    6 & 7 Nov 2013

    Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

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  • State of the Arts is an artist-driven Work Symposium, which aims to generate a gathering of artists to engage in lectures and debates. It endeavours to assemble versatile voices examining the position of art in society and the concomitant Belgian political cultural context. The purpose of the symposium is to trigger awareness, inspiration for action, and stimulate thought for future artistic framework scenarios.

  • Start time: Nov 6, 6pm; Nov 7, 9pm
  • Tickets: Reservation required
  • stateoftheartsbe@yahoo.com
  • Auguste Ortsstraat 20-28, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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  • 0710

  • Het Veem Theater

    Infanten

    Jolika Sudermann

    7-10 Nov 2013

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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  • Together with performers Dwayne Toemere and Hilde Labadie, artist Jolika Sudermann started the project Infanten in 2012. Guided by their fascination for the motoric and open vision of the world of infants, they started the process by observing 1- till 3-year-olds in a crèche. From the findings, they created a set of rules, that afterwards in the studio served as a guideline for their own ‘ride back’. While letting go of things that are physically preventing them to find the toddler motoric, in Infanten, the performers are also confronted with the set of mental obstacles: consciousness, self-censorship and knowledge.

  • Start time: 7 – 9 Nov. 8.30pm; 10 Nov. 4pm
  • Tickets: €15/12/10/5
  • hetveemtheater.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • 08

  • Beursschouwburg

    France Distraction

    France Distraction

    8 Nov 2013

    Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

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  • France Distraction feels like you came to celebrate the boss’s birthday in a company manufacturing experimental team-building devices, and everybody decided to have fun with the stock (not your average party). Belinda Annaloro, Antoine Defoort, Julien Fournet, Halory Goerger, Sébastien Vial* transform Beursschouwburg for a few weeks into a giant ‘live installation’ France Distraction. France Distraction is a series of installations around which the audience can move freely. Some feature interventions such as small performances, lectures or concerts that take place at specific moments, given by five performers.

  • Start time: 8.30pm
  • Tickets: €7/5/1,25
  • beursschouwburg.be
  • Auguste Ortsstraat 20-28, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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  • 0910

  • If I Can't Dance

    By Any Other Name

    Emily Roysdon

    9 & 10 Nov 2013

    STUK kunstencentrum, Leuven (BE)

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  • By Any Other Name is a new performance by the American, Stockholm-based, artist Emily Roysdon and continues her ongoing work at the edge of the curatorial and dramaturgical. Drawing together an expanding troupe of choreographers, writers, artists and musicians/composers, By Any Other Name is conceived as a two-year-long process, segmented by chapters that take form as text, image, object, and performance. Following a first text-oriented chapter at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (on 31 October), the second chapter in Playground Festival at STUK in Leuven will feature ‘players’ including artist Babi Badalov and the choreographer Eleanor Bauer.

  • Start time: 9 Nov, 8pm; 10 Nov, 7pm
  • Tickets: €10/6
  • playgroundfestival.be
  • Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
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  • NBprojects

    4: STILL LIFE

    Nicole Beutler

    14 Nov 2013

    Theater Zuidpool, Antwerp (BE)

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  • In 4: STILL LIFE choreographer Nicole Beutler distils elements from the long history of partner dance. Onstage are a woman and a man. Their physicality and actions are guided by the principles of body geometry, and the geometry of space and light. All the elements of the piece are interdependent and composed musically in space and time; leading or following, merging or interfering, distant or intimate. 4: STILL LIFE is a court dance, a mating dance, a play, a ‘Lichtspiel’, a ritual. Beutler drew inspiration from the early twentieth-century Bauhaus movement for this ‘mechanical ballet’ dance duet.

  • Start time: 8pm
  • Tickets: €12/9
  • zuidpool.be
  • Lange Noordstraat 11 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
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  • 14

  • LADA

    A Year of Publications

    Ron Athey, Tim Etchells, Raimund Hoghe, a.o.

    14 Nov 2013

    The White Building, Unit 7, London (UK)

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  • In 2013, the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) has published or co-published fourteen books and DVDs. LADA invites you to join to celebrate these publications, including: major new books by or about Ron Athey, Tim Etchells and Raimund Hoghe; the second edition of Programme Notes and the Live Art Almanac Volume 3; co-publications with artists, including Alexandrina Hemsley & Jamila Johnson-Small, Rajni Shah Projects and Forest Fringe; I See a Fake Moon Rising, edited and compiled by Maddy Costa, co-published by In Between Time and Live Art UK; and new publication partnerships with Intellect and Oberon Books.

  • Start time: 7pm
  • Tickets: Free admission
  • White Bldg, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN, UK
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  • 15

  • NBprojects

    4: STILL LIFE

    Nicole Beutler

    15 Nov 2013

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)

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  • In 4: STILL LIFE choreographer Nicole Beutler distils elements from the long history of partner dance. Onstage are a woman and a man. Their physicality and actions are guided by the principles of body geometry, and the geometry of space and light. All the elements of the piece are interdependent and composed musically in space and time; leading or following, merging or interfering, distant or intimate. 4: STILL LIFE is a court dance, a mating dance, a play, a ‘Lichtspiel’, a ritual. Beutler drew inspiration from the early twentieth-century Bauhaus movement for this ‘mechanical ballet’ dance duet.

  • Start time: 8.30pm
  • Tickets: €15/12
  • rotterdamseschouwburg.nl
  • Schouwburgplein 25, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland
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  • 1516

  • If I Can't Dance

    Five Sisters (performance, seminar, book launch)

    Guy de Cointet & Eric Orr

    15 & 16 Nov 2013

    OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (CN)

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  • On 15 and 16 November 2013, If I Can’t Dance is presenting the restaging of the play Five Sisters (1982) by Guy de Cointet, created in collaboration with Eric Orr at OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal in Shenzhen, China. Five Sisters, performed by Einat Tuchman, Veridiana Zurita, Adva Zakai and Violeta Sanchez and with a light design by Elizabeth Orr, is a play that embodies the West Coast culture of health and beauty. It presents the story of five sisters, who busy themselves with the problems and pleasures of modern life on a Sunday afternoon. On the occasion of the performance a Mandarin translation of the publication Five Sisters will appear.

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  • eventbrite.com
  • Enping Road, Nanshan District, SZ 518053, China
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  • 16

  • NBprojects

    4: STILL LIFE

    Nicole Beutler

    16 Nov 2013

    AINSI, Maastricht (NL)

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  • In 4: STILL LIFE choreographer Nicole Beutler distils elements from the long history of partner dance. Onstage are a woman and a man. Their physicality and actions are guided by the principles of body geometry, and the geometry of space and light. All the elements of the piece are interdependent and composed musically in space and time; leading or following, merging or interfering, distant or intimate. 4: STILL LIFE is a court dance, a mating dance, a play, a ‘Lichtspiel’, a ritual. Beutler drew inspiration from the early twentieth-century Bauhaus movement for this ‘mechanical ballet’ dance duet.

  • Start time: 8.30pm
  • Tickets: €16
  • theateraanhetvrijthof.nl
  • Vrijthof 47, 6211 LE Maastricht, Nederland
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  • Performa 13

    Cage Unrequited

    William Pope. L

    16 Nov 2013

    Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, New York (USA)

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  • Iconic performance artist Pope.L’s (formerly William Pope.L, b. 1955, Newark, NJ; lives and works in Chicago) Cage Unrequited is a 25-hour marathon reading of John Cage’s edited anthology, Silence: Lectures and Writings (1961) by over 80 invited collaborators. The performance functions as a refuge, proposing a relationship between the earlier artist’s ideas of indeterminacy, mysticism and chance and the work of contemporary black artists.

  • Start time: 10.58am
  • Tickets: Free admission
  • 13.performa-arts.org
  • 107 Suffolk St #312, New York, USA
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Five Sisters at OCAT Shenzen

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Mandarin subtitles

If I Can’t Dance present its restaging of Guy de Cointet’s Five Sisters (1982) in China this November on the invitation of OCAT Shenzhen and as the 2013 edition of the programme ‘OCAT Performs’.

In Five Sisters the affective wellbeing of five women is explored as they have changing, restless, encounters in their parental home. If I Can’t Dance’s restaging of Five Sisters has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States since its premiere in Amsterdam in 2011.

On the occasion of its presentation in China, a seminar will be held exploring the biopolitics of the dissonant registers of ‘life’ and ‘lifestyle’ within Five Sisters, featuring presentations by philosopher Peter Pal Pelbart and artist Sara van der Heide among others. The seminar will be held as a matinee programme in conjunction with the performance of the piece on Saturday evening 16 November.

The seminar will also launch a Mandarin translation of the If I Can’t Dance publication Five Sisters, collating materials from the research surrounding the first restaging of the play since its original appearance in 1982. Produced in collaboration with OCAT and Gold Wall Press, the Mandarin translation will include an appendix of source materials including the Five Sisters script by Guy de Cointet as well as T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, an excerpt from Herman Melville’s ‘Typee: A Romance of the South Seas’ and Susan Sontag’s ‘Notes on Camp’.

The English Five Sisters publication will be available at the end of 2013, and includes contributions by Marie de Brugerolle, Snejanka Mihaylova, Elizabeth Orr, an excerpt from the original script and an annotated interview by Vivian Ziherl with performers Violeta Sanchez, Einat Tuchman, Adva Zakai, and Veridiana Zurita. This book is designed by Will Holder.

For more information, visit www.ificantdance.org

 

Performa 13

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Performa 13 is the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. For three weeks Performa and a consortium of arts organizations will band together to transform New York City into the performance capital of the world. More than 100 separate events presented at over 40 venues will showcase new work in an innovative program, breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators.

Founded by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

For the complete programme of Performa 13, visit: 13.performa-arts.org

Themes and historical anchor
Our historical anchor this year is Surrealism, and the programming will reflect more than eighteen months of curatorial research and investigation on this topic. Performa 13 will address the legacy of Surrealism with such key inputs in modern and contemporary art as the liberation of the psyche, poetry, “the marvelous,” and artists’ engagement with politics.

Central to the biennial will be the crucial role artists play to envision new kinds of citizenship for the twenty-first century by nurturing and championing new ways and desires to live together, wherever they may be. Idiosyncratic uses of the voice by performers will also be explored during the biennial; the disembodied voice, the voice as instrument of desire and menace, sound and song, and as a platform for the language of persuasion, coercion, seduction, and violence. 

 
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  • Sarma

    Salon Enchanting Scores

    Isabelle Stengers, Arnaud Halloy & Julien Bruneau

    18 Nov 2013

    Kaaistudio's, Brussels (BE)

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  • In the framework of a workshop around Enchanting Scores the workplace Sarma organizes one of its salons on new practices and discourses in the arts and in the world at large. Choreographer and visual artist Julien Bruneau, anthropologist Arnaud Halloy and philosopher Isabelle Stengers set up a conversation on trance and relational practices between magic, science and the arts. Afterwards the audience will be invited to work with these ideas and perspectives in a scored collective thinking process.

  • Start time: 7pm
  • Tickets: Reservation required
  • sarma.be
  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Vaakstr. 81, 1000 BXL, BE
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  • If I Can't Dance

    Appropriation and Dedication

    Reading Group

    20 Nov 2013

    If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam

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

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

    4: STILL LIFE

    Nicole Beutler

    21 Nov 2013

    Kunstencentrum De Werf, Brugge (BE)

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  • In 4: STILL LIFE choreographer Nicole Beutler distils elements from the long history of partner dance. Onstage are a woman and a man. Their physicality and actions are guided by the principles of body geometry, and the geometry of space and light. All the elements of the piece are interdependent and composed musically in space and time; leading or following, merging or interfering, distant or intimate. 4: STILL LIFE is a court dance, a mating dance, a play, a ‘Lichtspiel’, a ritual. Beutler drew inspiration from the early twentieth-century Bauhaus movement for this ‘mechanical ballet’ dance duet.

  • Start time: 8.30pm
  • Tickets: €12/9/7
  • dewerf.be
  • Werfstraat 108, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
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  • NICA

    Richard J. Williams: Sex and Buildings

    Richard Williams

    22 Nov 2013

    Room F022, Bushuis, Amsterdam

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  • Our sexual lives are framed by buildings of one kind or another. Our bedrooms, or hotels we have stayed in, or less conventionally perhaps a club, or the back seat of a car: all these spaces might condition the way we think about sex. This public lecture and masterclass will explore the relationship between sex and buildings, drawing on Richard Williams’s recently published book of the same title. To register for the masterclass (strict limit of 20 places), please email nica-fgw@uva.nl. No advance registration is required for the public lecture.

  • Start time: 2pm, Masterclass; 5pm, public lecture
  • Tickets: Free admission
  • nica-fgw@uva.nl
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam, NL
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  • NBprojects

    4: STILL LIFE

    Nicole Beutler

    22 Nov 2013

    Cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt (BE)

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  • In 4: STILL LIFE choreographer Nicole Beutler distils elements from the long history of partner dance. Onstage are a woman and a man. Their physicality and actions are guided by the principles of body geometry, and the geometry of space and light. All the elements of the piece are interdependent and composed musically in space and time; leading or following, merging or interfering, distant or intimate. 4: STILL LIFE is a court dance, a mating dance, a play, a ‘Lichtspiel’, a ritual. Beutler drew inspiration from the early twentieth-century Bauhaus movement for this ‘mechanical ballet’ dance duet.

  • Start time: 7.30pm
  • Tickets: €16
  • ccha.be
  • Kunstlaan 5, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium
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  • Het Veem Theater

    Composing Through Words

    Sarah van Lamsweerde, Ruth Beal, Nicole Bachmann, a.o.

    23 Nov 2013

    Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

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  • Composing Through Words is a Het Veem Theater event initiated and curated by Fleur van Muiswinkel. The event brings together the performance work of six renowned national and international artists of recent generation including Sarah van Lamsweerde, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Ruth Beale, Nicole Bachmann, Rosie Heinrich and the jazz band Tight Jans+2. Their works explore the influence of written text and spoken word on our daily understanding of our surroundings, reality and social conventions.

  • Start time: 7pm
  • Tickets: €15/12/10/5
  • hetveemtheater.nl
  • Van Diemenstraat 408–410, 3F, 1013 CR Amsterdam
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  • NBprojects

    4: STILL LIFE

    Nicole Beutler

    24 Nov 2013

    NEXT Arts Festival, Kortijk (BE)

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  • In 4: STILL LIFE choreographer Nicole Beutler distils elements from the long history of partner dance. Onstage are a woman and a man. Their physicality and actions are guided by the principles of body geometry, and the geometry of space and light. All the elements of the piece are interdependent and composed musically in space and time; leading or following, merging or interfering, distant or intimate. 4: STILL LIFE is a court dance, a mating dance, a play, a ‘Lichtspiel’, a ritual. Beutler drew inspiration from the early twentieth-century Bauhaus movement for this ‘mechanical ballet’ dance duet.

  • Start time: t.b.a.
  • Tickets: t.b.a.
  • nextfestival.eu
  • Kapucijnenstraat 10, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium
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  • Theater Frascati

    She was a visitor

    Marc Vanrunxt, Truus Bronkhorst & Jan Martens

    27-30 Nov 2013

    Theater Frascati, Amsterdam

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  • Sometimes, suddenly there is a spark. Truus Bronkhorst, Marc Vanrunxt & Jan Martens – three dance makers of varying ages and backgrounds – got to know one another last year while working on the Frascati production Bis. All three of them love honest, uncompromising dance. Dance of a defiant beauty that stimulates the audience, that is not afraid of emotion, but also challenges the intellect. Their latest project is a solo performance for Truus Bronkhorst that continues the series of dance productions they have made since the 1980s and which, thanks to their power and the radicalism of their formal language, are still engraved in the memories of many.

  • Start time: 9pm
  • Tickets: €15 /11,50
  • theaterfrascati.nl
  • Nes 63, 1012 KD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • NBprojects

    1: SONGS

    Nicole Beutler, performed by Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti

    28 Nov 2013

    The Basement, Brighton (UK)

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

  • Start time: 8pm
  • Tickets: £10/8
  • thebasement.uk.com
  • 24 Kensington Str., Brighton, SSX, BN1 4AJ, UK
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  • 2829

  • ASCA

    Is Thought Action?

    Keynote lectures: Sut Jhally, Rosalind Gill

    28 & 29 Nov 2013

    ASCA – University of Amsterdam

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  • Under the catchphrase “Is Thought Action?” the NICA/ASCA conference aims to investigate that anxiety, which in 2013 appears as acute as it did thirteen years ago, and to channel it into a productive dialogue. Our goal is to explore and critique points of tension between academic practice in the humanities and the wider world in the broadest sense. For more information, visit: asca.uva.nl

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  • Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam
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  • 2829

  • Het Veem Theater

    TRAVAIL

    Alma Söderberg

    28 & 29 Nov 2013

    NORDWIND Festival, Dresden (DE)

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  • Swedish choreographer and performer Alma Söderberg is using fragments of text and imagery that she has cut out from the newspaper in order to pay attention to whatever is at hand and avoid any censorship. As a result of that: music, language and dance; beats, lyrics and moves become tools to work.

  • Start time: t.b.a.
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  • nordwind-festival.de
  • t.b.a.
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  • If I Can't Dance

    Laboratoire Agit-Art (Symposium)

    Souleymane B. Diagne, Elizabeth Harney, Jan Goossens, a.o.

    29 Nov 2013

    Tate Modern, London (UK)

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  • Tate Modern and If I Can’t Dance organize a two-part symposium on the collective Laboratoire Agit-Art. Founded in 1973 in Dakar, Senegal, Laboratoire Agit-Art is a collective of artists, dramatists, performers, poets and filmmakers led by poet/artist Issa Samb, El Hadji Sy, and Babacar Traoré. The fist part of the symposium, led by Tate curators Elvira Dyangani Ose and Catherine Wood, will take place in Tate Modern on 29 November with contributions by a.o. Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Elizabeth Harney and Jan Goossens. The second part will take place with If I Can’t Dance in Amsterdam March next year.

  • Start time: t.b.a.
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  • tate.org.uk
  • Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
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  • Het Veem Theater

    80 Words

    Sarah van Lamsweerde

    29 Nov 2013

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

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

  • Start time: t.b.a.
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  • wdw.nl
  • Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, NL
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  • Krets

    PME-ART (solo show)

    Jacob Wren

    29 Nov 2013

    Krets, Malmö (SE)

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  • PME-ART, headed by Jacob Wren, asks questions regarding memory, history, things that may or may not exist, songwriting, the Internet and popular culture. From 1985 to 2004, PME-ART co-artistic director Jacob Wren wrote songs. Lots and lots of songs. Then he completely stopped. At the time not very many people heard them. In a way, because hardly anyone heard them, we might say that these songs don’t yet exist. ‘Every Song I’ve Ever Written’ is a project about memory, history, things that may or may not exist, songwriting, the internet and pop culture. Jacob Wren will perform all his songs during one evening.

  • Start time: 5-10pm
  • Tickets: Free admission
  • inkonst.com
  • Kristianstadsg. 16, Malmö, Sweden
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  • NBprojects

    4: STILL LIFE

    Nicole Beutler

    30 Nov 2013

    Theater Malpertuis, Tielt (BE)

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  • In 4: STILL LIFE choreographer Nicole Beutler distils elements from the long history of partner dance. Onstage are a woman and a man. Their physicality and actions are guided by the principles of body geometry, and the geometry of space and light. All the elements of the piece are interdependent and composed musically in space and time; leading or following, merging or interfering, distant or intimate. 4: STILL LIFE is a court dance, a mating dance, a play, a ‘Lichtspiel’, a ritual. Beutler drew inspiration from the early twentieth-century Bauhaus movement for this ‘mechanical ballet’ dance duet.

  • Start time: 8.30pm
  • Tickets: €14/12
  • www.malpertuis.be
  • Stationstraat 25, 8700 Tielt, Belgium
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