On Sunday 24 January 2016, If I Can’t Dance will celebrate the launch of Edition VI – Event and Duration with an introductory event that will include lectures, presentations, screenings, installations and performances from Edition VI’s commissioned artists – Leonor Antunes
, Alex Martinis Roe
, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
, and Joke Robaard
– and Performance in Residence researchers – Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich, Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, Peter Pál Pelbart, and Vivian Ziherl – to provide a public introduction to their respective projects.
The event will take place at the Cygnus Gymnasium, located at Vrolikstraat 8 off the Wibautstraat in Amsterdam – a building designed between 1952 and 1956 by the Dutch architect J.B. Ingwersen (1921–1996), and inspired by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation and its principals of living, functionalism and frank expression of materiality. Originally built as a technical college, for which the transparency of the building’s design and construction served as a learning model, today the building is in operation as a school for secondary students.
For the introductory event, the programme of the day will move through the building inhabiting selected classrooms and different areas as the backdrop for each artist and researcher to present the first stages of their projects. Set within the context of the school, the introductory event hopes to provide a space of learning, becoming and for the testing of ideas, and is the first in a series of public moments that will follow Edition VI’s field of research, ‘Event and Duration’.
The programme of If I Can’t Dance is financially supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the municipality of Amsterdam, and Ammodo.
The Corpus productions are co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Special thanks to Cygnus Gymnasium.