Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot have developed their own original and distinct aesthetic and movement language together over the past 9 years. With extreme physicality and radicality, but at the same time in fragile situations of high intimacy, their works are constantly revolving around the question: How can we co-exist together?
Their work “What they are instead of” (2009) searches to exhaust the ‘I’ in order to make it disappear while “is maybe” which premiered at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in 2011 and reran 2012 and 2014, goes even further by producing a hybrid being, without identity, which emerges from the radical symbiosis of two bodies. Can I escape myself by finding a home in the other through an unconditional togetherness? The two-part project “Les Petites Morts”, links back to this question, but adds a new dimension to the theme of the dissolution of the self. The first part of that project “i hope you die soon” which premiered at HAU in 2013, poses the question of how can we die together. The second part of this work is the trio “all my holes are theirs”, which was created together with Aleesa Cohene. In this work, both performers attempt to die and disappear by radically and mutually devoting themselves to another. In 2014 HAU Hebbel am Ufer showed “SOON YOU ARE THEIRS”, a retrospective by Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot. With their new trilogy, in their desire to find new and ever more vital needed forms of co-existence Gradinger and Schubot invite other beings into their work as co-creators, collaborators and partners. The trilogy wanders around the concept of gardens as a way to work collaboratively with nature and the responsibilities and new relationships that come with them. “YEW” is the first part: an interspecies group piece that is in collaboration with nine plants where together, they create a ‘soil- less garden’. For the second part, they will bring “YEW” outdoors (Premiere June 2018). The final work, ‘The Nature of Us’ (2019), will be their first time working with a group of humans and other intelligences, continuing their search for other forms of co-creation through an unconditional intimacy.