10 Nov 2011
On November 9 and 10, 2011, at 8 pm If I Can't Dance, in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, presents two evenings of performances with Amsterdam and Berlin-based artist Jeremiah Day.
Location: Miles Building - Boelelaan 873, Amsterdam
Tickets: €7,50 to be paid in cash at the door. Due to possible security restrictions it is requested to reserve in advance.
Each evening consists of a structured improvisation incorporating movement, speech, and slideshow, accompanied by musician Bart de Kroon, but will follow different trajectories. Dealing with the problems of transmissibility and the conflicts of public life, this site-specific work will take place in the Miles Building in the new commercial office area of Amsterdam Zuidas.
In one of Jeremiah Day's earlier works, the memorial for squatters, a series of questions was posed:
- If this space for this kind of reflection, debate, and discussion does not exist, can we build it?
- Why, or why not? What are the concrete reasons?
- Since it seems clear that we have not built the space for reflection, what have we actually built?
- If we don’t have such a place for discussion, what do we have?
These questions frame a backdrop for the ongoing new work Of All Possible Things by Day, commissioned by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution.
Previous elements of this commission include a performance last June in the Gdansk shipyards; and a presentation of work as part of the exhibition Work at Essays and Observations in Berlin. Ongoing efforts include the negotiation with Lidl Corporation over a former checkpoint in East Berlin, and in early Spring 2012, If I Can't Dance, in collaboration with Site Gallery, presents a solo exhibition of Jeremiah Day at Site Gallery in Sheffield; a publication is forthcoming.
Jeremiah Day is one of five artists commissioned by If I Can’t Dance to make a new work as part of Edition IV – Affect (2010-2012). If I Can't Dance’s program is financially supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, the Culture Program of the European Union, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, and the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.