08 May, 2007

If I Can’t Dance - Episode III - Utrecht

Huis & Festival a/d Werf presents If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution

Edition II: ‘Feminist Legacies and Potentials in
Contemporary Art Practice’

Episode III at Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht
May 17 – May 26 2007


bel hook talks about ‘feminist movement’, reactivating the term in a transitive way - as a verb almost - so that it becomes this notion of constant action and a kind of restless criticality.
– Connie Butler 2007

If I Can’t Dance… is a rolling curatorial project based on performative practices, which departs from a spirit of open questioning and a long term enquiry with artists. Currently it focuses on the legacies and potentials of feminism(s) in relation to art today. Inspired by 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 in artists’ work.

This edition of If I Can’t Dance… explores how feminist thinking on all levels (social, artistic, political, theoretical, ideological or structural) may be important in our cultural life. The project has explored these tendencies as inquisitively and openly as possible over the last year and a half by repeatedly working with an expanding group of over thirty artists and mounting exhibitions, organising symposia and performance events, and running an on-going reading group.

This May for Festival a/d Werf in Utrecht a new programme of performances by Jutta Koether, Jon Mikel Euba, Itziar Okariz and planningtorock will take place. If I Can’t Dance… will also premiere the newly commissioned film of The Otolith Group, “Otolith II’”, at Casco in Utrecht.


The Otolith Group - “Otolith II”
Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Nieuwenkade 213-215
Dutch premiere on Thursday May 17, 20:00 with an introduction by the artists Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun; further screenings on Friday May 18, Saturday May 19 & Sunday May 20 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00 (45 min)
“Otolith II” is coproduced by Huis & Festival a/d Werf, If I Can’t Dance..., KunstenFestivalDesArts & Argos, Centre for Media and Art

Jutta Koether - “Touch and Resist”
Huis a/d Werf, Studio 2 and 3
Monday May 21 & Tuesday May 22 19:30 hrs (30 min)
“Touch and Resist” is coproduced by Huis & Festival a/d Werf

Jon Mikel Euba – “Re: HORSE” & “RGB Horse”
“Re: Horse”: Tuesday May 22 & Wednesday May 23 17:00 (60 min)
“RGB Horse”: Friday May 25 & Saturday May 26 19:30 (30 min)

Itziar Okariz - “Climbing Buildings”
De Neude
Friday May 25 & Saturday May 26 in the afteroon

planningtorock - “Show me what you got”
Huis a/d Werf, Koepelzaal
Friday May 25 & Saturday May 26 22:15 (45 min)

Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher.

Partners & Episodes
Edition II of If I Can’t Dance…is staged in 4 episodes: Huis & Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht, May 2006 & May 2007 | de Appel, Amsterdam, November 2006 – January 2007 | MuHKA, Antwerp, October 2007 – January 2008

Financial Support
Edition II of If I Can’t Dance... is financially supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, British Council, Stichting Cultuurfonds van de Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten, The Netherlands Fund for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Mondriaan Foundation, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

For updated information on the programme and addresses of the venues, times and entrance fees check: http://www.festivalaandewerf.nl.



Itziar Okariz
Climbing bump thing {buildings}*

tijd - Vrijdag 25 en zaterdag 26 mei, 16.00 en 21.15 uur (30 min)
locatie - De Neude
entree - gratis
genre - Beeldende kunst

Look on the busy festival heart well for your gone! Large chance that you the performance Climbing bump thing of Itziar Okariz gets see in which a woman climbs the gevel of a bldg. on the Neude. **

Itziar Okariz are born in bilbao and work in New York. She uses of media such as fotografie, video, installation and performance to bring up the geconditioneerdheid of our behaviour in the public space.

Inspired by the feminist art of the years seventy she examines the relation between art and the public space.

The action Climbing bump thing you is able consider as an extreme interpretation of ` le derive: the concept of the Situationisten creatively to walk in the urban surroundings.

** The name
of the building is "de Neude", she is not climbing in de nude.

* The correct term for climbing buildings is "buildering". Its practiced by urban rockclimbers in the absence of suitable cliffs and was common prior to the introduction of indoor climbing gyms.

This is an old idea for an inperfectly researched concept.

*sigh* been there, done that

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