Performance in Residence ‘hosts’ a performance-related (body of) work for a substantial period of time, allowing a researcher to engage in an in-depth inquiry. A public presentation marks the start of the research, and the conclusions are presented at the end of the period in the form of an essay, exhibition, performance or other. With this programme, If I Can’t Dance aims to research performances as case studies and proposes to connect archival research to practice.
If I Can’t Dance has so far initiated Performance in Residence projects with Guy de Cointet & Marie de Brugerolle; Isidoro Valcárcel Medina & Bulegoa z/b, Flávio de Carvalho & Inti Guerrero; and Matt Mullican & Vanessa Desclaux.
The name Performance in Residence is inspired by the yearlong archiving project of Matt Mullican at Hedah in Maastricht, titled Work in Residence.