15 December 2017, 2pm

      Research on Delphine Seyrig

      Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
      EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
      1. Rushes for the unfinished film on Calamity Jane’s 'Letters to her Daughter', directed by Delphine Seyrig, filmed by Babette Mangolte, 1984. Courtesy Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, Paris.
    2. Tickets: €5- 

      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 Performance Platform. 
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