17 November 2017, 2 – 6pm

      Practising Attention

      Huiskamer van de Buurt de Tagerijn, Amsterdam
      1. La Piscine, 2015. Photo by Laêtitia Striffling.
    2. **The workshop is fully booked**

      As part of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution’s introductions to the artists and researchers of VII (2017–2018), Social Movement, we are pleased to present a workshop by the artist Myriam Lefkowitz. The workshop will take place in the gymnasium of Huiskamer van de Buurt de Tagerijn, a community centre located at Balboastraat 18 in Amsterdam West.  

      This is the first in a number of workshops that will constitute Lefkowitz’ commission with If I Can’t Dance. Through these, Lefkowitz will collectively search, invent, and exchange practices and idea that address contemporary modes of attention, and which are guided by the enquiry: What practice to be could create conditions for our attention to shift? What practice to be could dig into the intimate connections between perceiving and imagining, opening them as resources to perform other forms of relationships? 

      In the workshop, Lefkowitz will share sensorial, perceptive, and imaginary tools that she has developed over the years of her practice. These tools predominantly use touch, different modes of seeing, states between sleep and wakefulness, and silent forms of communications, which are activated in the city and indoor spaces. Across the workshop, these practices will be opened up and mapped via the collective conversations that the experience of them produces with the participants, and the issues that emerge from these modified states of attention.

      No prior performance training is required to participate in the workshop, though participants should be comfortable with relating to others through touch, as well as working in darkened spaces. To reserve a place in the workshop please email sg@ificantdance.org. Please be aware that places are limited.

      The workshop has been developed in partnership with La Ferme du Buisson, Paris where Lefkowitz is currently on residency until the end of the year, and will also be presented by Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao on 13 December 2017.

      Myriam Lefkowitz’ Practising Attention is commissioned and produced as part of Corpus, network for performance practice. Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius), If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Playground (STUK Kunstencentrum & M-Museum, Leuven), and Tate Modern (London). www.corpus-network.org

      The programme of If I Can’t Dance is financially supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts), and Ammodo. 

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