“I want the theatre to serve as an alternative to isolation, a highly inclusive public gathering to resituate the body in a future undetermined space – a space to explore strange modes of being and affective relationality, a space to undermine the social codes that define and oppress our bodies in the increasingly incomprehensible and violent present.”
His alter ego is a monstrous clown – with the uncompromising sensitivity that this tragicomic character has always had. Since Jeremy Wade is one of the most philosophically versed dance/choreographers of the current scene, expectations for his artistic experiments are all the higher. Hardly anyone has presented the enslavement of will within a complete economization of life more brutally or emotionally than Jeremy Wade. Hardly anyone has dared a closer approach to the abysses in which the fulfilment of desire practically transforms into violence as successive alienations of feeling. In very different ways each time, the subject becomes the object of its own pursuit for satisfaction and optimisation. In Death Asshole Rave Video, a furious stand-up comedy excess, the subject batters its head against the prospects of death or life as a drive to live – the larger the unfathomable element is, there exists more drive than life. In DrawnOnward, which was created based on the “wish machine” model in Guattari-Deleuze’s Anti-Oedipus, the “I” celebrates its own sacrifice as full devotion. Encased in queer sexual fitness equipment, it leaves itself at the mercy of an omnipresent service sector. Jeremy Wade knows what he is doing when he relentlessly lets the current celebration of queer utopias merge into escapist fireworks. Before he came to Berlin, he earned his living in New York’s nightlife. He is familiar with the desires that are lived there, and the deaths that are died. In this ambiguity he celebrates, even in his most reconciliatory pieces such as the participatory Together Forever, the expectation of redemption in art.
Human Resources (2014)
Together Forever (2014)
Jeremy Wade, Liz Rosenfeld, Michiel Keuper, Igor Koruga, Jared Gradinger
Death Asshole Rave Video (2015)
Jeremy Wade is a performer, performance maker, curator and teacher. He graduated from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 2000. He premiered his first piece, Glory, at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City in 2006, for which he received a Bessie Award. Since then, Wade has been living in Berlin and working closely with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. His recent works include Dark Material (2013), with sculptor Monika Grzymala and the band Xiu Xiu and Together Forever (2014), a three hour participatory practice/feast. In 2015 Wade created Death Asshole Rave Video and DrawnOnward, both dealing with the death of man, zombie subjectivity and the precarious body situated in advanced capitalism.