Following the performance presentation at Stedelijk Museum, Emily Roysdon will feature within the second session of the If I Can’t Dance Emma’s series. Held Sunday 16 February at 5pm, the session will open a dialogue with Roysdon, led by Vivian Ziherl, as a station within her ongoing development of the key concept ‘to discompose’. The term marks a field of enquiry, a speculation into the ordering of theatrical space, audience orientation and institutional structures.
About ‘to discompose’, Emily Roysdon says, “I’ve been thinking through this idea for about two years now but can’t yet use it in a sentence, which I find promising.” The idea is thus far a tool for Roysdon, one she is working through in this series of performances. She uses it in relation to site and performance, social spaces, institutions, and collaboration. Roysdon is also working through what she calls ‘minor theatre’, and which denotes her interest to invest in staging the relationship of audience and text, while trying to “build a structure for people to be alive inside.”
This presentation is one of several gatherings with the artists of Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication (2013-2014), including Snejanka Mihaylova, Gerry Bibby and Sara van der Heide. For these occasions If I Can’t Dance’s Offices are dubbed Emma’s, in honour of Emma Goldman, whose inspirational words gave our organization its name.