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Recording: 2012-08-25 , Tanznacht Berlin 2012 | Tanzfabrik / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Jeremy Wade

Fountain

Tanznacht Berlin 2012 | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

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In Fountain Jeremy Wade circumvents traditional audience-performer dynamics and facilitates a generous group experience that evolves into a ritual dispossession. Wade assumes the role of preacher, shaman, and fool, by offering himself as a medium to receive and transform the energy of the theater space taking the audience on an emotional and alchemical journey. He filters the work through a practice called Fake Healing or Fake Art Therapy originally created by French Artist/Theorist Valentina Desideri. Drawing from affect theory, Desideri created a queer strategy that inspires people to practice various healing modalities with each other in an improvisatory and exploratory way outside of any authority or level of professionalism. She along with countless others are beginning to claim that symptoms of depression and anxiety in the height of advanced capitalism are no longer our own. These symptoms are so all pervasive in society that they are now structural problems and not personal problems. Fake Healing places mental and physical health in a creative domain based on a fluid relation to knowing, not knowing and pretending.

In Fountain Jeremy Wade circumvents traditional audience-performer dynamics and facilitates a generous group experience that evolves into a ritual dispossession. Wade assumes the role of preacher, shaman, and fool, by offering himself as a medium to receive and transform the energy of the theater space taking the audience on an emotional and alchemical journey. He filters the work through a practice called Fake Healing or Fake Art Therapy originally created by French Artist/Theorist Valentina Desideri. Drawing from affect theory, Desideri created a queer strategy that inspires people to practice various healing modalities with each other in an improvisatory and exploratory way outside of any authority or level of professionalism. She along with countless others are beginning to claim that symptoms of depression and anxiety in the height of advanced capitalism are no longer our own. These symptoms are so all pervasive in society that they are now structural problems and not personal problems. Fake Healing places mental and physical health in a creative domain based on a fluid relation to knowing, not knowing and pretending.

The practice can serve as a form of activism in which individuals reclaim the capacity to care for each other and ritualize. While doing so they actively dispossess them selves from the presupposed regimes of truth and authority that the Psychological and Pharma industries hold over our bodies. Fake healing takes pretending very seriously and empowers individuals to be creative and present as they care for each other.

Cast & Credits

Choreography / Concept / Performance: Jeremy Wade
Music: Tian Rotteveel
Costume design: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Light design: Andreas Harder
Dramaturgy: Eike Wittrock
Production: Björn Pätz & Björn Frers – björn & björn
A production by Jeremy Wade in co-production with the HAU and Gaîté Lyrique Paris. Supported by the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs. Supported by the Tanzfabrik Berlin and the Uferstudios.

The TANZNACHT BERLIN 2012 is presented by the Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Supported by the Capital Culture Fund.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Jeremy Wade / Trailers and Video Documentations

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