If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution offers a range of educational programmes to create opportunities for artists to develop pedagogical projects, and for participants to learn through in-depth engagement with an artist’s practice and modes of production. If I Can’t Dance also produces educational programmes and collaborations with partner educational institutions to facilitate this process. On invitation, If I Can’t Dance delivers workshops tailored to educational institutions and interested groups in the Netherlands and abroad with artists we work with or our curatorial team.
College and university
If I Can’t Dance collaborates with tertiary level education programmes in the Netherlands to develop and deliver accredited courses. These courses provide students with theoretical reflection and discussion, as well as practical knowledge and experimentation within the performance field.
Dutch Art Institute
Since 2008 If I Can’t Dance collaborates with the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) on its MA programme. In these courses, artists collaborate with If I Can’t Dance’s curators and lead the workshop from the position of their own performance practices towards the development of an artistic project by the students.
Invited artist tutors include: Sara Giannini, Geo Wyeth, Arnisa Zeqo (2018–19); Pauline Curnier Jardin with Sara Giannini (2017–18); Jon Mikel Euba (2014–17); Matthew Lutz-Kinoy with Gerry Bibby, Sara van der Heide, Snejanka Mihaylova, and Emily Roysdon (2013–14); Ian White with Emma Hedditch, Jimmy Robert, and Myriam Van Imschoot (2011–13); Phil Collins (2010–11); and Sarah Pierce and Stefanie Seibold (2008–09). dutchartinstitute.eu
School for New Dance Development
Since 2015, If I Can’t Dance collaborates with the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) on the course “Curating and Performance”, which explores curating within the performing arts field. Across various years of SNDO’s bachelor’s degree programme, the course offers students both theoretical and practical instruction in order to think through how they shape their own artistic work in relationship to the curatorial structures and contexts they choose to create, engage with, or respond to. atd.ahk.nl/en/dance-programmes/sndo
Library, archive, and research
The archival material on If I Can’t Dance’s website is complemented by a physical archive and library housed in its office at Westerdok 606-608, Amsterdam. The archive includes traces from each of our productions: sound and video recordings, photo documentation, printed material, and props. The library contains publications related to commissioned artists’ work, Performance in Residence researchers’ projects, and the Reading Groups around our Fields of Inquiry.
If I Can’t Dance regularly curates a programme around its archive, revisiting the material of a particular project for public reflection, advertised in the agenda on our homepage.
Researchers who wish to arrange a visit are invited to contact Anik Fournier at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify artists or projects of interest in your email.
Research fellow and internships
If I Can’t Dance offers a tenured Research Fellow position to a post-graduate/doctoral candidate. The fellow assists the curatorial team in researching and writing around the current Field of Inquiry, leading a reading group, managing library acquisitions, and undertaking archival research into commissioned artists and projects. The position offers performance scholars the opportunity to apply their research skills within an organization producing contemporary art. Our current Research Fellow is Giulia Damiani.
If I Can’t Dance currently does not offer a formal internship programme. We occasionally consider requests for an internship position when it leads towards an academic accreditation or is part of a scholarship or recognised grant programme that assures that the participant has a fair stipend for their participation, and for which a clear duration and workplan can be established.