After the success of their first duet “What they are instead of” (2009) the second work by Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger, “is maybe”, is continuing their research of 'debordering' the body. The starting point is the search for an unconditional togetherness that fuels the chance to escape from one’s own identity. “is maybe” deals with the question which physical realities will come into being when individuals do not do anything about maintaining their “I”, when they stop “I-ing” and instead implode during an exhausting action. Can I escape from my own “I” whilst looking for a home in someone else in an unconditional being-together? To answer these questions Schubot and Gradinger collaborate with the US-American street artist Mark Jenkins who is well known for his installations of body doubles in public space that look strikingly real.
With and by Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot
Installation: Mark Jenkins and Sandra Fernandez
Sound Design: Johannes Malfatti
Lights: Andreas Harder
Outside eye: Sigal Zouk
Photo: Florian Braun
Assistants: Anjulie Brender, Pia Bruer, Tina Gebler, Katrin Gottschalk, Daphna Munz, Amelie Wedel
Press and Production: Björn&Björn
A production by Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger in co-production with HAU and Pictoplasma. Supported by the Artist-in-Residence-Programme of Tanzlabor _21 / Tanzbasis Frankfurt_Rhein_Main. Sponsored with funds from the Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.
Premiere June 2011, Hau 1 Hebbel am Ufer
In their most recent work ‘Is Maybe’, the Berlin based choreographers, Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot, created a duet where each covered the other’s face with their hand. In this way their two bodies seemed to become one, to create another being or ‘thing’ out of themselves but at the same time to create a duality where we were able to see, on the one hand, Jared and Angela, and on the other, the ‘thing’ or being that they shared and which seemed to exist in a logic of it’s own universe. This work searched for a freedom from a habituated, implicated self through the creation of this other body or ‘thing’, which was both them and not them, and which enabled the conditions for both to be in a state of constant ‘becoming’.
Lisa Densem 2011