If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution
Established in 2005, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution is an art organisation dedicated to exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art.
"We do this through the development, production, and presentation of commissioned projects with artists, curators, and researchers on the basis of long-term collaboration and support.
On a day-to-day basis we operate out of a production office in Amsterdam, using the flexibility it provides us to move and adapt, as each production requires. We present our projects through an ever-evolving network of partner institutions in the Netherlands and abroad, creating the conditions for each project to have a meaningful trajectory of presentations, and for diverse audiences to have access to these.
We aim to approach performance through an understanding of it as an inherently interdisciplinary form, and produce work that ranges from live performance to film to installations. Uniting our projects is a critical consideration of space, time, and the body (in all of its manifestations). Through our programme of commissions we aim to support practitioners at pivotal stages in their career, and to represent intergenerational, international, and intersectional positions." (2022)
"The If I Can’t Dance library is a research hub for performance practices within the field of visual arts, with an emphasis on feminist, queer and marginalised voices, histories and methodologies.
Our holdings have grown in tandem with our artist commissions, research projects and fields of inquiries since 2005. Scholarly material, monographs, exhibition catalogues and creative writing accompany special collections of scores, scripts, sound, video and film work, and the full range of If I Can’t Dance publications.
The library dedicated to performance is a site of interface with the public, designed with Maud Vervenne as a lively space of textured encounters and continuous cross-pollinations. Within the shelves is a display unit where we, and invited guests, play with intimately scaled thematic exhibitions that revisit the collection and archive." (2022)