Episode 1 of Edition II – Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Art consists of a performance programme at Festival a/d Werf, with Alexandra Bachzetsis, Rabih Mroué, Lina Saneh, Stefanie Seibold and The Otolith Group; and inserts by Stefanie Seibold and Mårten Spångberg.
The famous quote of the anarchist Emma Goldman – “If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution” – is the departure point of the travelling visual arts programme that will be presented at Festival a/d Werf in Utrecht and is curated by Frederique Bergholtz, Tanja Elstgeest and Annie Fletcher. This quote is chosen as title, as it encapsulates the potential of art to politically and critically engage with the world we are living in, yet at the same time celebrating it.
The programme borrows from the language of dance, music, theatre and archived visual material to create a series of performances which re-think the position and representation of women today. The artists presented, engage with performance and the live moment from an emancipatory perspective. From there the programme examines the legacies and potentials of feminism and the ‘political body’ (whether alone or collective) from a variety of contemporary artistic positions.