Two Performances: Andrea Fraser and Alex Martinis Roe

Dutch premiere of Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972 by Andrea Fraser, Tues 2 Dec 2014, 20:00 hrs, De Balie, Amsterdam and Their desire rang through the halls and into the tower by Alex Martinis Roe alongside a screening, Wed 3 Dec 2014, 20:00 hrs, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory,

Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972 (2012) is a work developed by artist Andrea Fraser based on a 1972 live radio broadcast of a dialogue between several men discussing the importance of feminist struggle to men, how they respond or fail to respond to their female counterparts, and the anxieties and struggles that arise. Fraser transcribed and edited the broadcast and performs as all four participants, reenacting in her own performance the mens’ difficulty in moving outside the bounds of their gender and experiencing empathy for the feminist cause.

The Amsterdam presentation on Tues 2 Dec 2014 at 20:00 hrs of Men on the Line is co-produced by Casco and If I Can't Dance. It is hosted by De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam.

Their desire rang through the halls and into the tower (2014) is a spoken performance by artist Alex Martinis Roe. The artist focuses on the intertwining histories of Anna Maria van Schurman, the first female university student in Europe, who attended Utrecht University in the seventeenth century, and the development of the Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies at that same university. Based on oral histories and textual research by Martinis Roe, members of the Graduate Gender Programme of Utrecht University collectively edited the script and will perform a group political diagram composed of layered and partial accounts of this trans-historical community.

The evening begins at Casco in Utrecht on Wed 3 Dec 2014 at 20:00 hrs. Along with the performance there will be a screening of an earlier work in the series of Martinis Roe’s research into feminist genealogies entitled A story from Circolo della rosa (2014) and a brief introduction by the artist. While the event is free, r.s.v.p. is required to reserve your place; please send an e-mail to ying@cascoprojects.org.

The work is commissioned by Casco and is also a collaboration with the Graduate Gender Programme of Utrecht University and co-presented with If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam. It is co-funded by Einstein Foundation Berlin and realized with the support of the Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Samstag Program.

On view at Casco: Two solo exhibitions: The Common Sense, Phase 1 by Melanie Gilligan and In the Year of the Quiet Sun by The Otolith Group until 25 Jan 2014.