May 2, 2009 - Project Arts Centre - If I Can’t Dance…
May 2, 2009

If I Can’t Dance…

Suchan Kinoshita, ‘Loudspeaker’, first performed in 1997.
Photo documentation of performance at Frascati,
Amsterdam, June 18, 2008


8 MAY – 20 JUNE 2009

Light Conversations

Opening at 6pm on Thursday, 7 May

39 East Essex Street
Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

11, 12 & 13 JUNE
Programme of Performances and Screenings: Gallery, Cube and Space Upstairs

If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution is a rolling curatorial platform for performative practices in visual art. This spring it will present a programme of live performances, readings, discussions and screenings in Project Arts Centre. For this occasion, If I Can’t Dance… will play on our three ‘stages’, utilising the Gallery, the Cube and the Space Upstairs, offer¬ing the public unorthodox approaches to, and experiences of, the ‘black box’ and the ‘white cube’.

The programme is part of the third edition of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution curated by Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher. Departing from investigations into theatricality and the live moment (Edition I, 2005) and of the legacies and potentials of feminism in contemporary art practice (Edition II, 2006-2007), Edition III (2008-2009) will focus on the notion of masquerade.

So far this edition has had instalments in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Bilbao at Overgaden arts centre, de Appel arts centre and Sala Rekalde. The final and fourth edition will take place in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.

Keren Cytter, Jon Mikel Euba, Olivier Foulon, Suchan Kinoshita, Joachim Koester and Sarah Pierce have been invited to produce new projects that will be developed over two years and presented at the subsequent mo¬ments on which If I Can’t Dance… will visit the institutions mentioned.

That each artist will engage these terms in his or her own line of development is central for Edition III of If I Can’t Dance… The individual departure points are many and varied. Suchan Kinoshita will throw certain ‘roles’ of director, viewer and performer into play. Keren Cytter’s anarchic, alienated theatricality and the formulation of a highly stylised vernacular of acting, will find form in a series of films and performances, culminating in a theatre play. Thinking more about the unconscious gesture, Joachim Koester will explore the terra incognita of the body and mind. Olivier Foulon’s project focuses on the concept of masquerade in relation to painting. Sarah Pierce interrogates the emptying-out of the political gesture and the way in which we negotiate agency in public space. Jon Mikel Euba addresses fundamental aspects of performance, representation and identity.

Looking at these developing projects, what links them at this stage seems to be an investigation of the social power of gesture and the transformation of gesture into the medium for the inauguration of different social practices (in which it seems art practice itself plays a major role). From these perspectives, the project aims to look at masquerade as a strategy that establishes identity as a complex potentiality and relationality.

Frederique Bergholtz & Annie Fletcher, Curators

Edition III – Masquerade is generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, the European Union (Culture Programme 2007-2013), the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, SNS Reaalfonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Danish Arts Council and SEACEX, Sociedad Estatal para la Accion Cultural Exterior.

Project Arts Centre is generously supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Also on at Project Arts Centre:

Curatorial Session, May 2nd at 1pm

A public session about curating, with presentations from Bart De Baere, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Raimundas Malašauskas and Tone Olaf Nielsen, who are responding to questions about curating posed by the students of IADT’S MA in Visual Arts Programme:

Project Press presents Jeremiah Day/ Simone Forti – documentation and extention of the exhibition News Animations / No Words For You, Springfield at Project Arts Centre in May 2008. The publication is available to purchase at Project Arts Centre now, or online from our website,

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