The desire to acknowledge and interact with non-human beings brought Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot into a deep immersion with nature and its inherent intelligence. Rather than a traditional dance piece, with “YEW” they co-create an experimental evening of intense encounters with a plant nature, which they can only describe as a “soilless garden.” They share their interspecies encounters with the audience.
By: Beech, Clover, Echivarea, Fern, Gradinger, Oak, Moss, Mugwort, Schubot, Stinging Nettle, Yew
Soundgardener: Stefan Rusconi
Light design: Annegret Schalke
Light: Gretchen Blegen
Costume: Claudia Hill
Artistic collaboration: Sigal Zouk
Press & Production: björn & björn
Production: Jared Gradinger und Angela Schubot. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Südpol Luzern. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With this work Schubot and Gradinger have taken a further step in their search for narrative framing for their exploration of the dissolution of bodily boundaries, the creation of intimacy and the composition of new, multiple identities. Their bodies seemed to consist of a fibre, a flexible, stretchable fibre, sometimes resisting, sometimes almost without resistance like a blade of grass moving in the wind.
Tom Mustroph, New Germany