If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution

Tuesday, the 21th of April, 20.00 hrs

If I Can't Dance Tonight with Maria Pask

4 F-ER

Frascati, Nes 63, Amsterdam
Bookings: +31 (0)20-6266866, tickets: 5 Euro

If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution
is pleased to announce a new performance by Maria Pask, 4 F-ER. Maria Pask's performance will be the second in a new series of If I Can't Dance Tonight events, dedicated to the exploration of current developments in performance and focusing on the notion of the masquerade.

Maria Pask investigates collective creativity, social structures and empowerment. Working with open formats, Pask employs a broad array of methods ranging from sculpture and film to workshops, scripts, live performances and events.

Previous projects have involved a range of participants from different social groups. For Beautiful City for instance, her project at Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007), Pask set up a camp for the duration of the project where speakers of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds were invited to give lectures and respond to specific questions set by the artist. The camp was run by a number of young people who became, alongside the public, either believers or skeptics.

4 F-ER is a new performance closely related to the experiences from Beautiful City. It is resulting from a period of workshops led by the artist with a small group of Dutch young women and musicians. After a pilot in Studio Voltaire in London (2008) and a lecture in MuHKA in Antwerp (2008), for If I Can’t Dance Tonight Maria Pask will present 4 F-ER as a performance in Frascati Theatre.

The main characters and concerns are connected with the '4 F's': a term used in evolutionary biology to describe the four basic drives or mind states that humans are evolutionarily adapted to be proficient at: feeding, fighting, fleeing and fertility. The script follows the protagonists' reflections on what to do and what to be, both on a personal level and from a wider social perspective. The choreography focuses on the gestures these 4 F's arouse.

Maria Pask lives and works in Amsterdam. Previous solo exhibitions and performances were presented at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2006), If I Can’t Dance… Utrecht (2005) and Amsterdam (2006), Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes (2005), BAK, Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht (2004) and Marres, Maastricht (2001).

Performers: Inger Koerselman, Anne Marie van Rees, Adriënne Wennekes, Steven Leijen. Musicians: Marijn Jongewaard, David Hazeleger, Steven Leijen. Choreography: Esther de Vlam. Script: Maria Pask. Thanks to: Adva Zakai, Helena Pask, David Powel.

If I Can't Dance Tonight is curated by Frederique Bergholtz in collaboration with Maaike Gouwenberg.

If I Can't Dance Tonight is generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, SNS Reaalfonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

The Old Brand New

Thursday, the 14th of May, 20.30 hrs

New Idealism with the Otolith Group and Marianne van Kerkhoven

Stadsschouwburg, Leidseplein 26, Amsterdam

Bookings via www.ssba.nl.
Tickets € 8, passe partout 4 lectures € 28, passe partout 7 lectures € 42.

The Old Brand New
is a lecture series revolving around the concept 'new' in the arts, held from January to September 2009 on a monthly basis in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. The lecture series is an initiative of de Appel arts centre, If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Research Group Art Practice and Development at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, LISA, Studium Generale of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, DAI / Master Programme / ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam.

On the 14th of May, the theme is New Idealism with presentations by the Otolith Group, represented by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, and Marianne van Kerkhoven.

Upcoming lectures:

New Beauty
, 22 June 2009, with Marina Warner and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.
What is New?, 15 September 2009, with Dick Hebdige and Keith Sawyer.

Visit www.theoldbrandnew.nl for more information.

If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution
Postal address: PO Box 51144, NL - 1007 EC Amsterdam
Visiting address: Westerdok 606-608, NL - 1013 BV Amsterdam
+ 31 (0)20-3378711

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