If I can't dance, I don't want to be a part of your revolution
Jan 24th, 2015 – Dec 11th, 2016
Royal Tropical Institute, IICD, Amsterdam
Performance: December 3rd 2015 at BMW Tate Live: Performance Room, Tate Modern, London
Exhibition: November 16th - November 19th 2016 at Playground, Leuven
Performance: November 24th, "Mimesis of Mimesis" at the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam
Finale: November 24th - December 11th 2016 at various locations and venues in the east of Amsterdam Centrum
Exhibition and performance: May 18th - September 24th 2017 at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux
Performance and screening: July 9th - July 13th 2017 at Espaço Itaú de Cinema Augusta, São Paulo, Casa do Povo, São Paulo and Fundaj – Arte Contemporânea, Recife
For Edition VI (2015–2016), If I Can’t Dance takes the notions of ‘Event and Duration’ as the field of research for its biannual programme of Commissions, Performance in Residence projects, reading groups, seminars and workshops.
The programme of Commissions includes the production and presentation of new work by artists Leonor Antunes, Alex Martinis Roe, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, and Joke Robaard. If I Can’t Dance also continues its Performance in Residence programme, approaching performance-related practice through production-led research, with four new projects by Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich, Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, and Peter Pál Pelbart.
Each of the projects will follow their own individual trajectory across the two years of Edition VI – Event and Duration, and will be brought together in Amsterdam for an introductory event in January 2016, and a concluding presentation at the end of 2016
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa is one of four artists commissioned by If I Can’t Dance to produce a new work as part of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016). Using theatre, drawing, literature and sculpture, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s work conjures live and sculptural representations that explore themes of loss, identity and displacement.
Across the duration of Edition VI, Ramírez-Figueroa will develop a cycle of new performances that attempt to exhaust his interest in the Guatemalan Civil War as the recurring subject of his work.
Ramírez-Figueroa’s new work is commissioned and produced as part of Corpus, network for performance practice. Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), CAC (Vilnius), KW (Berlin), If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), Playground (STUK & M, Leuven), and Tate Modern (London). Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.