Rituals of the everyday
If I Can’t Dance
How does one engage with rituals in one’s personal, daily life? What is the state of ritual practices today as viewed within the context of Amsterdam? When you hear the word ritual what do you think of? In this part of the Western world, traditional religious ceremonies and national rituals are losing momentum. Yet ritual-associated practices and ancient knowledges are figuring extensively in artistic and cultural contexts and on media platforms. Ritualistic practices usually entail a sense of change and transformation, yet, what is the potential for rituals to bring about societal change?
With us, exploring the potential of making ritual happen anywhere, at any time, perhaps even during this show, are three invited guests: choreographer and herbalist Desta Deekman; Margriet Minnema, secular chaplain working in prisons; and Proud Jerusalemite, Guilty oppressor, Aging body, Lazy activist, Theatre maker, Visual artist, Amsterdam-based Tchelet Pearl Weisstub.
The radio show was broadcasted live from the office of If I Can't Dance at Westerdok 606-608, Amsterdam. If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution is an art organisation dedicated to exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art. Their 2019-20 programme coalesces around the field of inquiry Ritual and Display.