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Since its inception in 2005, "If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution" has been producing artworks and research projects that explore the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art. To commence the programme on the 8 November, the acclaimed performance studies scholar Shannon Jackson will deliver a keynote lecture at the University of Amsterdam.

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Start date 8 November 2018
End date 4 December 2018

VII, Social Movement

8 November – 4 December 2018 At various venues throughout Amsterdam
As the year draws to a close, so too does the seventh artistic programme of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. Since 2017, we have been working with artists Mounira Al Solh, keyon gaskin, Myriam Lefkowitz, and Charlotte Prodger on the production of new work commissions, and Rhea Anastas and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez on major new research projects. While each has followed an individual trajectory of development, in November we will present these together as a month-long programme of live performances, experiential situations, screenings, and discursive events, which unfold at various venues in Amsterdam.
Complementing these presentations is a thematic inquiry into the notion of ‘Social Movement’, which has been explored concurrently through a series of reading groups. During the upcoming programme this inquiry is extended with a keynote lecture, a series of radio broadcasts, and a library of reading.

Programme of events:

Keynote by Shannon Jackson
Thursday 8 November 2018, 19:30–21.30hr, University of Amsterdam, P.C. Hoofthuis (1.04), Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB Amsterdam
Free, reservations required by

Scholar of performance and social practice, Shannon Jackson delivers a keynote at the University of Amsterdam that pursues the question: what does it mean to join the embodied practice of choreography with the systemic consciousness of the social?


22–27 November, University of Amsterdam Library, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
€10, tickets available at

Myriam Lefkowitz inhabits the Amsterdam University Library with collaborators Lendl Barcelos, Alkis Hadjandreou, Annick Kleizen, and Zoe Scoglio to offer a number of immersive tactile experiences—oneon-one performances in which beholders are guided through a number of choreographed “attention devices”, a collective experience immersed in darkness, and a book club that explores bodily dimensions of understanding—to co-construct perceptive processes outside of the usual contexts of representation.

Reading with Audience discussion

Thursday 29 November 2018, 19–20.30hr, University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 (D0.09), 1012 CN Amsterdam
€5, tickets available at

Art historian Rhea Anastas presents her research on artist and philosopher Adrian Piper’s audienceorientated performance Some Reflective Surfaces (1975–76) at the University of Amsterdam.


Friday 30 November, 18.00-22.30hr, Bijlmer Parktheatre, Anton de Komplein 240, 1102 DR Amsterdam
€15/€12,50 students, tickets available at

A gathering of three performances and video poems with keyon gaskin and friends takes place at the Bijlmer Parktheatre. Titled NASHA, the event centres and values black sociality and resists creating something “new” by stipulation, giving context through experience.

Screening and Lecture

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December, Veem House for Performance, Van Diemenstraat 408-410, 1013 CR Amsterdam
€12/€7 students, tickets available at

Writer and curator Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez explores the legacy of the actress, filmmaker, and feminist activist Delphine Seyrig at Veem House for Performance through a screening of Maso et Miso vont en bateau (Maso and Miso Go Boating) (1976) and Sois belle et tais-toi (Shut Up and Be Beautiful) (1981), a talk about the larger exhibition of Seryig's work with art historian Giovanna Zapperi, and a presentation of research into Seyrig’s unrealized black and white silent feature film, Calamity, on the letters allegedly written by American frontierswoman Calamity Jane to her daughter.


Tuesday 4 December, 19-21.30hr, ZID Theatre, De Roos van Dekemaweg 1, 1061 HR Amsterdam
€12,50/€10 students, tickets available at

At ZID Theatre, Mounira Al Solh hosts an avant-premiere of her new experimental documentary Who would spray that? made with four Syrian and Lebanese women—Rogine, Waad, Hanin, and Zeina—with whom Al Solh spent 24 hours in the various cities to which they relocated.

Screening, library, radio broadcasts

8 November – 4 December, 14.00-18.00hr, If I Can’t Dance office, Westerdok 606-608, 1013 BV Amsterdam
Free, no reservations required

If I Can’t Dance’s offices at Westerdok 606–608 are open daily as an informal gathering point with a library related to the Field of Inquiry and regular live radio broadcasts considering embodiment, care, and gathering. An ongoing screening of Charlotte Prodger’s video Passing as a Great Grey Owl (2017) acts as footnote to the filmmaker's major new commission produced by If I Can’t Dance in collaboration with
Scotland + Venice, furthering her interest in “queer wildernesses”.

Further information and tickets are available on our new website designed by Will Holder with Arthur Haegeman.


The programme of If I Can’t Dance is financially supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the municipality of Amsterdam, Ammodo, and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Mounira Al Solh’s film is co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and presented in collaboration with ZID Theatre; keyon gaskin’s presentation is supported by the Bijlmer Parktheatre and SNDO – School for New Dance Development; Myriam Lefkowitz’s project has been developed with the support of La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel and Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao, through Corpus, network for performance practice, and La Galerie, Paris, and presented in collaboration with the Art History Department and Library of the University of Amsterdam; Charlotte Prodger’s work is presented with the assistance of LUX Scotland. Rhea Anastas’ project is presented with the assistance of APRA Foundation Berlin (Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin) and in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam; Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez’s lecture and screening is supported by Veem House for Performance and presented with the assistance of the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir; Shannon Jackson’s lecture is presented in collaboration with the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Special thanks to AGA Lab, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost, and Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee