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As an agile and experimental curatorial platform, ‘If I Can’t Dance…’ departs from a spirit of open questioning and enquiry with artists. This year it looks specifically at the legacies and potentials of feminism in relation to art today. Beginning with the quote of Emma Goldman: ‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution’, the project explores the critical and celebratory implications of this statement.

‘If I Can’t Dance…’ is not trying to sum up a contemporary feminist art or to collate an aesthetic for feminism, but rather to explore how feminist thinking on all levels (social, artistic, political, theoretical, ideological or structural) may be important in our cultural life. There is currently a rich artistic discourse, which taps into this legacy and manifests itself in the materiality and language of visual art, but also interrogates how artists choose to perform themselves and their work within the dominant visual economy. The project aims to explore these tendencies as inquisitively and openly as possible.

Developing ‘If I Cant Dance...’ with De Appel makes it possible to articulate a historical context for this legacy very precisely. Established in 1975, this art centre has a rich history of showing experimental art for over thirty years and a revived interest in its programming now. Archival documentation exploring this legacy from the late 70’s and early 80’s will be presented. These practices provide an interesting comparison to the vernacular used by artists to think through ideas of agency, singularity and political empowerment today.

‘If I Can’t Dance...’ doesn’t offer a determined survey in the form of a single exhibition, it works repeatedly with an expanding group of over thirty artists in a series of public platforms. To this end, in Amsterdam ‘If I Can’t Dance...’ manifests itself as an exhibition and a series of performances at De Appel, a symposium at De Balie, an ‘insert’ by the Otolith Group into the exhibition ‘Just in Time’ at the Stedelijk Museum CS and with two evening events at Club 11.

With: Alexandra Bachzetsis & Lies Vanborm, Bless, Kate Davis, Pascale Gatzen & Myrza de Mynck, Karl Holmqvist, Jutta Koether, Claudia & Julia Müller, Isabel Nolan, Paulina Olowska, Falke Pisano, Stefanie Seibold, Lucy Skaer, Frances Stark, Lily van der Stokker, Sue Tompkins, Haegue Yang and a selection from the archive of de Appel.

Performance Weekend De Appel January 13 - 14, 2007 With (a.o.): Susan Cianciolo, Will Holder, Judith Hopf, Maria Pask, Sarah Pierce, Sue Tompkins and Haegue Yang.

Symposium I: ‘Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Art Practice’ De Balie November 18, 2006 With (a.o.): Iris van der Tuin, Helena Reckitt, Daria Martin, Aneta Szylak, Karl Holmqvist and Sue Tompkins.

Symposium II: ‘Curating and Feminism Today’ Stedelijk Museum CS at Club 11 December 7, 2006 With (a.o.): Mirjam Westen, Heike Munder (tbc) and Bettina Steinbruegge.

Insert in ’Just in Time’ Stedelijk Museum CS December 1, 2006 - March 11, 2007 With: The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar & Kodwo Eshun) and a selection from the archive of the Stedelijk Museum CS.

Film- and Performance programme Stedelijk Museum CS at Club 11 December 21, 2006 On the occasion of the launch of the 4th issue of GLU magazine. With: Susanne Winterling (curator of the film programme ‘The Fantasy of Failed Utopias and a Girl’s Daydream’ with contributions by Emily Roysdon, Marriage, E.E. Cassidy, Erika Vogt, Kat Ross, Kaucyila Brooke, Margo Victor, Lynn Chan, and Eve Fowler), planningtorock (performance) and Djuna Barnes (DJ afterparty).

Curators ‘If I Can’t Dance…’ is curated by Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher.

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If I Can´t Dance, I Don´t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution 
Edition II: Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Practice
Kuratoren: Frederique Bergholtz, Annie Fletcher

mit Alexandra Bachzetsis & Lies Vanborm, BLESS , Kate Davis, Pascale Gatzen & Myrza de Mynck, Karl Holmqvist, Jutta Koether, Claudia & Julia Müller, Isabel Nolan, Paulina Olowska, Falke Pisano, Stefanie Seibold, Lucy Skaer, Frances Stark, Lily van der Stokker, Sue Tompkins, Haegue Yang

Performance: Susan Cianciolo, Will Holder, Judith Hopf, Maria Pask, Sarah Pierce, Sue Tompkins, Haegue Yang

Stationen:
16.11.06 - 14.01.07 De Appel, Amsterdam
17.05.07 - 26.05.07 Huis & Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht
28.10.07 - 06-01-08 Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen