Performances 15 November & 16 November 2013; Seminar 16 November 2013

      Five Sisters, and seminar

      Performance: Guy de Cointet and Eric Orr. Seminar: Zhao Chuan, Nav Haq, Peter Pal Pelbert, Sara van der Heide, Vivian Ziherl and Frederique Bergholtz
      OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen
      1. Five Sisters poster for OCAT, Shenzhen
    2. Mandarin subtitles

      If I Can’t Dance is proud to present its restaging of Guy de Cointet’s Five Sisters in China this November on the invitation of OCAT Shenzhen and as the 2013 edition of the programme ‘OCAT Performs’.

      Five Sisters,
      is a play first presented in 1982. The premise is simple: four sisters meet each other in their parent’s home and wait for the fifth sister to arrive. They talk about their lives, doctors, diets, work and holidays. Meanwhile, the California sun mysteriously provokes their reactions, emotions and moods. 

      If I Can’t Dance’s restaging of Five Sisters has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States since its premiere in Amsterdam in 2011. On the occasion of its presentation in China, a seminar will be held exploring the biopolitics of the dissonant registers of ‘life’ and ‘lifestyle’ within Five Sisters, featuring a keynote lecture by philosopher Peter Pal Pelbart, a response by theatre director Zhao Chuan, curator Nav Haq, and a performance by artist Sara van der Heide. The seminar will be held as a matinee programme in conjunction with the performance of the piece on Saturday evening 16 November.

      The seminar will also launch a Mandarin translation of the If I Can’t Dance publication Five Sisters, collating materials from the research surrounding the first restaging of the play since its original appearance in 1982. Produced in collaboration with OCAT and Gold Wall Press, the Mandarin translation will include an appendix of source materials including the Five Sisters script by Guy de Cointet as well as T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, an excerpt from Herman Melville’s ‘Typee: A Romance of the South Seas’ and Susan Sontag’s ‘Notes on Camp’.

      The English Five Sisters publication will be available at the end of 2013, and includes contributions by Marie de Brugerolle, Snejanka Mihaylova, Elizabeth Orr, an excerpt from the original script and an annotated interview by Vivian Ziherl with performers Violeta Sanchez, Einat Tuchman, Adva Zakai, and Veridiana Zurita. This book is designed by Will Holder.

      1. Five Sisters, 28 & 29 October, Frascati WG, Amsterdam. Photography: Nicholas Burrough.
    3. The restaging of Five Sisters is the result of research conducted by art historian Marie de Brugerolle, as part of If I Can’t Dance’s programme Performance in Residence. With this programme, If I Can’t Dance aims to research performances as case studies and proposes to connect archival research to practice.

      The staging of Five Sisters in OCAT and the related seminar is financially supported by the International Presentation Programme of the Mondrian Fund. If I Can't Dance would also like to express thanks for the generous support of Rebecca Stelhi. 

      The restaging of Five Sisters is a Performance in Residence commission by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and is a collaborative initiative of If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), MUSAC (Léon), and STUK Kunstencentrum (Leuven). The restaging of Five Sisters is financially supported by the municipality of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, the Estate of Guy de Cointet, Étant Donnés, and the Mondriaan Fund. Five Sisters is coproduced by If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (Dusseldorf), LACMA (Los Angeles), MoMA (New York), MUSAC (Léon), Reina Sofia (Madrid), STUK Kunstencentrum (Leuven) and OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shenzhen. Special thanks to Yael Davids, Dora Garcia and the Estate of Eric Orr.
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