My work with Jeremy Wade began in 2009, during ‘The Politics of Ecstasy’ festival; a week long ‘improvisational happening’ co-curated by Meg Stuart in Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. The same year, he directed me in the ‘solo’ work, ‘There Is No End To More’; a bold and violent juxtaposition of movement, text, animation and video of manga drawing, where Wade takes a playful and cynical look at Japanese kawaii (cute) culture and then slowly peels away the layers of kawaii to reveal the grotesque that lies beneath. In 2011,
Jeremy Wade ‘’is a deeply devoted artist working between theater and care. He is an activist for change and dark humour, working with a disarticulated body and a discombobulated tongue. ‘’ Jeremy invited me into is work in 2009 (The Politics of Ecstasy, There Is No End To More). We continued in 2014 with ‘Together Forever’ and ‘Death Asshole Rave Video’. Our collaboration was as performer, choreographic/artistic advisor and writer.
There Is No End To More -2009
Directed by: Jeremy Wade
In collaboration with and performed by Jared Gradinger
Text: Jared Gradinger, Marcos Rosales, and Jeremy Wade
Illustration: Hiroki Otsuka
Video/Animation: Veith Michel
Sound Design: Brendan Dougherty
Dramaturgy: Eike Wittrock
Light Design: Andreas Harder
Set Design: Henning Ströh
Production Management: Barbara Greiner
Comissioned by Japan Society, New York
Coproduced by Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, CCN Franche-Comte Belfort, Les Subsistance, Lyon
Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin
A collaboration of Jeremy Wade with dancer and choreographer Igor Koruga, performance artist and film maker Liz Rosenfeld, dancer and choreographer Jared Gradinger and visual artist and costume designer Michiel Keuper. The starting point for “Together Forever” is the promise of eternal love found in innumerable kitschy pop songs. The title could be understood as a reminder of how much we actually depend and rely on one another. We are going to explore the social and political implications of community and affection. Together Forever is a workshop where the performers become mediators, guiding the audience through a detailed history of togetherness. They ask how can togetherness be re-seen and experienced in the moment, a moment of foreverness? Can the bodily investment of caring cooperation help to challenge the existing social order? The piece will unfold with the influence of the multitude and together we will ask how can collective futurities occur and even possibly be sustained.
The artists would ask that you come to the theatre hungry, as dinner will be served. They would also like to announce that this experience will last up to three hours so give yourself some time.
Together Forever - 2014
By and with: Jeremy Wade, Liz Rosenfeld, Michiel Keuper, Igor Koruga, Jared Gradinger
Production and press: björn & björn
Production: Jeremy Wade
Coproduction: HAU Hebbel on the shore
Supported by the Capital Culture Fund.
Jeremy Wade would like to thank you Eike Wittrock, Stuart Meyers, Moritz Sauer and thanks to all the wonderful people who came to our open rehearsals, we could not have made this thing with out you. This piece is deeply inspired by the work he has done with Kai Ehrhardt and Volker Moritz. He is grateful for their generosity and openness. For more information visit the Somatic Akademie, Berlin
Death Asshole Rave Video - 2015
Director & Performance: Jeremy Wade
Text: Ezra Green in collaboration with Jeremy Wade
Video: Liz Rosenfeld
Music: Mika Risk
Costumes: Minttu Vesala
Light: Andreas Harder
Artistic advice: Thomas Schaupp, Jared Gradinger
Production: björn & björn
Coproduction: Zodiak - Center for New Dance, Jeremy Wade
Special thanks to Zodiak - Center for New Dance, Tomi Paasonen, Fritz Welch, Gerard Reyes, Alessio Castellacci, Tanzhaus Zürich and West Germany aka Stephan and Grinni.