If I Can’t Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution is pleased to welcome you to the EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
for Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez’s introduction to her contemporary reading and
reactivation of the video work of French actress, video maker, and renowned
feminist activist Delphine Seyrig (1932-1990).
Central to the project is Seyrig’s unrealised black and white silent
feature film on the supposed letters of American frontierswoman Calamity Jane
to her daughter (first edited by Jean Hickok McCormick in 1949). Commenced in
the late seventies, across her years of work towards this film’s production,
Seyrig first involved Babette Mangolte as camerawoman for research footage
produced during a visit to Billings, Montana, and later the artist Etel Adnan
to produce a text. The relationship between a mother and daughter was at the heart
of Seyrig’s interest in this story, and is something that she additionally
explored as an actress in Chantal Akerman’s film Letters Home (1986).
For the introduction to her research project, Petrešin-Bachelez will
consider the legacy of Seyrig’s life and elaborate on her interest in this
paternal relationship through screening excerpts of Mangolte’s rushes and
Akerman’s film, alongside Seyrig’s own video works Inês (1974), S.C.U.M
Manifesto (1976), and Maso et miso
vont en bateau (1976) which were made individually or in collaboration with
Carole Roussopoulos, Nadja Ringart and Ioana Wieder.
Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez’s project is part of a larger commission initiated
by Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir (Paris), on which she is working with
the art historian Giovanna Zapperi. The project with If I Can’t Dance will also
include a collaboration with the choreographer Eszter Salamon on the
development of a new work.
Admission to the presentation is €5-. Tickets are available here
Tickets are sold as a double bill and include admission to a screening of
the video à la santé des alliés (2003–2016)
by Mounira Al Solh at 4pm. Further details on this programme are available here.
These presentations are the final event of an unfolding programme of
introductions to the artists and researchers of VII (2017–2018), Social
Movement, which see the commissioned artists present an existing work and the
Performance in Residence researchers an introduction to their project. These
events have taken place each month—across September, October, November and
December—in various locations in Amsterdam.
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. If I Can’t Dance is a member of Corpus and