1. performance
      27 May 2009

      If I Can't Dance Tonight with Jimmy Robert

      Frascati Theater, Amsterdam
    2. The ninth Tonight featured Jimmy Robert who presented Figure de Style, a performance which takes as its starting point Yoko Ono’s seminal Cut Piece from 1964. Jimmy Robert reworked the performance with a gender switch and a modification that changed it from a ‘cut’ piece to a ‘rip’ piece – as the audience will discover. The performance centres around the politics of touching and being touched, hinting to issues of pleasure, power, and ethics.

      Figure de Style can be seen as emblematic of Robert’s artistic practice. The title, translated into English, is understood as a ‘literary device’, for example, a metaphor. However, it also refers to dance, a sequence of steps by a group of people. In this way Figure de Style embodies the roots of Robert’s interest in literature and gesture.

    3. Jimmy Robert (1975, Guadeloupe) is based in Brussels. He studied at Goldsmith’s College in London (1996-1998) and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2004–2005). Recent solo exhibitions include Grey Flannel Suits Any Man, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow (2008), Légèrement Manipulés, CAC Bretigny (2008), Figure de Style, Cubitt Gallery, London (2007) and Elegantly Wasted, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (2007).

      Recent performances include Trio A by Yvonne Rainer, MOMA, New York (with Pat Catterson and Ian White) (2008), Slow movement or the half and the whole, Kunsthalle Bern (2008), Act Out, Studio Voltaire, London (with Emma Hedditch and Emily Roysdon) (2007) and Marriage a la Mode et Cor Anglais (with Ian White) in Stuk, Leuven and de Appel, Amsterdam (2007).

      Overview of If I Can’t Dance Tonight events

      If I Can't Dance,
      I Don't Want to Be Part of
      Your Revolution