Welcome at the Open Rehearsal studio spaces of Billy Mullaney, Jae Pil Eun and Mariana Jurado Rico, participants in the inaugural cycle of an ongoing initiative at If I Can’t Dance to support the development of performance practices across the diverse communities of artists based in the Netherlands, and with the aim of creating much-needed space for intimate dialogue on ideas- and works-in-process. The program welcomes artists from various practices such as, and not limited to, architecture, dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
While you are warmly invited to attend their live performances on 4 June at the Amsterdam space Sound Light Color, here you can find the online pendants of the works. Below short introductions to the artists and their projects.
Jae Pil Eun (b.1991, Wonju) is a writer and performance artist exploring modes of translating personal and intergenerational memories through mythologies, rituals and Korean traditional music. Studying and interpreting practices deemed “primitive” in Western society, Jae’s practice treats performance as an affective site that can challenge dominant worldviews. His Open Rehearsal: Butterfly Dreams weaves historical research into Peking Opera, the figure of Mei Lanfang together with his personal lived experience. The project experiments with auto-fictional narratives and durational strategies of representation.
Billy Mullaney (b.1988, Minneapolis) is an artist working in theater, choreography and performance art. His work probes the representational practices associated with various sites of performance, as well as the modes of spectatorship they conventionally engender, and how interventions into the former affect the latter. His Open Rehearsal: Gloria Ex Machina: A Glory Machine Director's Cut with Commentary Track builds on the theatricality of the contemporary demand to curate, perform and document idealized versions of ourselves and the repercussions it posits on both the form and content of performative practices.
Mariana Jurado Rico (b.1991, Bogotá) is an artist and curator working with printing, publishing, radio, and (video) performance to facilitate points of convergence between people; mobilizing humor, failure, impatience and contradiction as mediums of resistance. Her Open Rehearsal: Failed Manifest(o) proposes a performative politics of failure that responds to the inherent tension between the societal and super-egoic pressure to be successful and the ruthless order that condemns one to fail.