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Bernard Marie-Koltès described his 1985 work “In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields“ like an encounter between a bluesman and a punk. Perhaps more than an exploration of mercantile activity or the transaction of late-night cruising, his play is a speculation on the individual’s capacity to know another.
Adam Linder, whose work has regularly been presented at HAU, has made an opera with a score by Ethan Braun and stage by Shahryar Nashat.
His new creation is inspired by Koltes’ preoccupation with ‘the deal’. “The WANT“ is an exchange sung by four performers, with a libretto that is littered with interjections from Jacques Derrida to Missy Elliott. Linder approaches the business of language as the Self’s gateway drug between rational thought and rhapsodic expression. Doesn’t the interplay of language rendered in vocal music parallel the dynamics of various markets? The singers, actors and dancers Jess Gadani, Justin F. Kennedy, Jasmine Orpilla, and Roger Sala Reyner are ‘Offerors’ and ‘Offerees’ enrobed as the key archetype of mercantile Europe. Engaging a virtuosic performativity, these players embody the spiritual tradition of that figure: a constant trade between a reflexive mind and sensuous being.
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TFB Nr. 1268
Cast & Credits
Direction: Adam Linder
Music: Ethan Braun
With: Jessica Gadani, Justin F. Kennedy, Jasmine Orpilla, Roger Sala Reyner
Stage & light: Shahryar Nashat
Costume: Adam Linder
Libretto in cooperation with: Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
Dramaturgical advice: Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Audio engineer: Sam Jones
Saxophones: Sam Gendel
Instrumental/audio samples: Steven Takasugi & Ethan Braun
Technical direction: Sebastian Zamponi
Sound technician: Torsten Schwarzbach
Lights technician: Martin Beeretz
Management: Andrea Niederbuchner
Production assistance: Anna von Glasenapp
Production: Adam Linder.
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kampnagel Hamburg.
Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin)
With special thanks to: Jarrett Gregory & Steffen Martin
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)
Hallesches Ufer 32
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced 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)